Navigating the NDIS

Thuc Tran was worried about the future for her nine-year-old son, William. Thuc was aware that the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was coming and she knew that she had to be prepared.

Thuc attends a Vietnamese special needs group for parents with children on the autism spectrum. With the support of the group she learnt about VALID’s NDIS – Families as Planning Partners course. Trainer Maree Hewitt and the support group organised to run two courses for people within the Vietnamese community.

VALID and the support group arranged for an interpreter to attend the sessions to ensure all participants would be involved. “Having an interpreter at each of the sessions really helped me get a better understanding of the NDIS,” says Thuc.

William has many interests and needs and Thuc wanted to ensure that all his needs were met. She went into the course with lots of questions about the NDIS and the process involved. “Maree was able to answer all my questions and helped build my confidence.”

While navigating the NDIS system can be daunting, Maree put Thuc at ease and made her feel comfortable when dealing with the NDIS. The NDIS - Families as Planning Partners course aims to empower participants and encourage person-centred approaches. The course is designed specifically to assist parents and families of people with disability to get ready for transition to the NDIS.

“The course helps people understand what the NDIS is all about. I definitely recommend the course to other parents,” says Thuc.

You can find out more about NDIS - Families as Planning Partners course here 

Mother Thuc and Son William