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Invisible disabilities and the NDIS

Updated: Mar 2, 2021

Disabilities come in different forms, while a lot of disabilities are visible to the eye, some disabilities experience debilitating pain, dizziness, cognitive dysfunction, mental health disorder and so many more which remain invisible to the naked eyes yet still haunt the day to day existence of the person – this condition is termed as invisible disabilities. Most of the time individuals with invisible disabilities would choose to keep the condition to themselves and would seem to appear like that of a totally healthy person. This poses a lot of challenges to individuals with invisible disabilities as they are prone to assumption, judgment, and lack of understanding because “ they don’t look sick”. With the many challenges facing people with invisible disabilities, the question this article wants to clarify is- will the NDIS fund invisible disabilities?

Let us first have a run through with some of the common types of invisible disabilities:

· Chronic pain

· Chronic fatigue

· Mental illness

Invisible truths about invisible disabilities

· Invisible disabilities exist –in fact, a lot of Australians suffer from different types of invisible disabilities. These people are prone to judgment and misconceptions which could lead them to downplay their disability making it a vicious cycle.

· Invisible disabilities continue to be a silent challenge – just like any other disability, someone who has invisible disabilities faces a lot of challenges: for example, he/she may have difficulty balancing or mobility issues as well, some experience judgment and assumptions and even job opportunity issues. Access to supports and services also remains to be one of the ongoing challenges for these people.

Does the NDIS support invisible disability?

One of the biggest challenges for a person with an invisible disability is the management of their day-to-day living which makes it reasonable and necessary for NDIS funding. To apply for the funding, the person needs to provide information to the NDIA on how their invisible disability affects their day-to-day life. A statement from their informal supports, carers, and GPs will also help to support their request. Aside from the documentation, you need to pass the basic eligibility requirement of the NDIS. In the event that your application is not approved, you can always seek help from your LAC to provide you with relevant information in accessing other supports and services available for you. Another reference for information is the Disability Advocacy Support.

Do you have an invisible disability with an NDIS plan? We can help you access reliable service providers to provide you with the excellent care that you deserve. Be Plan Managed with Yogi Care and access both NDIS registered and non-registered service providers.

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