How inspiring it was to hear Bruce Bonyhady on the news this week, sharing his concerns (and warning) about watering down the NDIS – his concerns about independent assessors and the loss of commitment to choice and control. While many people are happy that after years of experiencing no response to their needs, they now receive some funding, lets not get complacent. The NDIS promise was that funding would take into account aspiration (the life we dream for ourselves), context (acknowledgement of the supports we do or don’t have), and level of need (with or without a specific diagnosis). Now the message is, don’t bother dreaming bigger dreams because the NDIS is not here for that!
As a small contribution to people wishing to reclaim the hope and means of living a good life, we now have a prototype app that we have been developing with Digital Purpose – a social purpose developer who is as committed to choice and control coming to life as we are.
Our app is called Am I flying Yet?
If you’re not flying yet, then the NDIS promise hasn’t yet to come to life.
The app is a self-planning tool for people entering the NDIS, or going for a change of circumstance, or end of plan review.
It starts with building your story, based on the five domains of relationship and belonging; home and feeling safe; freedom and identity; learning and working and, leisure and creativity.
It guides you through building goals, identifying challenges to achieving those goals, then identifying the supports that will help you get there.
It allows you to track and evaluate your progress in achieving your goals. It also allows you to upload relevant documents and even get your therapists, teachers and family to upload reports directly.
Last but not least it generates a draft plan outlining goals, needs and supports in a format ready to send to the NDIS or take with you to your plan meeting. It can be used like a journal or fitness app and referred to everyday, or just when needed to provide a compelling case (draft plan with evidence, review notes and examples attached) for funding from the NDIS.
Come and see us at the expo…
We will be at the Disability Expo at the Convention Centre in Brisbane this weekend so pop into the Future By Design Australia booth to say hello and give us some feedback on our prototype app. You could be in the running for a couple of nights at Mooloolaba!
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams