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10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Capacity Building Supports Funding

Are you an NDIS participant with Capacity Building Supports funding, but unsure how to best utilize it? If so, this blog is for you!

While the Capacity Building Supports component of your NDIS plan is less flexible than the Core Supports, it can still play a crucial role in helping you reach your goals. From camps to horse riding, tablets to art programs, or even training to help you apply for an NDIS funding increase, this package of supports can help you build your independence without dipping into your personal savings.

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Activities like camps, art programs and horse riding Your funding may cover the cost of community participation activities like sports coaching, camps, club registration fees, and art programs. The Increased Social & Community Participation category may also cover activities like horse riding and kindergym for participants with a specific interest, where cost is a blocker but pursuing their passion with the support of the NDIS could help them to get out and about in their local community.
Activities like camps, art programs and horse riding

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Traditional and non-traditional therapies Increased Social & Community Participation funding may also cover a range of therapists to support you to grow your capacity in different areas. For example, an occupational therapist can provide strategies for use at home, such as developing a morning routine, or they might recommend assistive technology you can use in the kitchen to make cooking easier.
Traditional and non-traditional therapies

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A tablet If your disability means you have an increased need to access allied health sessions and other appointments online, to communicate via technology, or to undertake capacity building training remotely, you may be able to use the funding in your Improved Daily Living category to purchase a tablet.
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Functional capacity assessment reports to gain increased funding If you're worried about not having enough money in your NDIS plan to cover your needs, you can use your Improved Daily Living budget for a functional capacity assessment. This assessment, usually done by an occupational therapist, shows the NDIA that you need more help. It's handy if your needs have changed, like if you need more hours of support and need more money in your Core Supports budget. You can learn more about these assessments here.
Functional capacity assessment reports to gain increased funding

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Assistance with daily planning, budgeting, and navigating the rental market In the current economy and amid the tight rental market, everyone could use a little advice in the area of finance and understanding the complexities of finding a home. Some participants have used their Improved Daily Living funding to claim supports from providers who can assist them to set up a personal budget to keep track of money.
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Assistance with finding and keeping a job If disability is a barrier to the job market, Finding & Keeping a Job funding may cover the cost of a support worker to assist you with writing a resume, preparing for interviews or developing skills required to gain employment, like computer literacy and administration.
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Improved health and wellbeing If there’s a goal in your NDIS plan to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but your ability to cook nutritious meals independently is a sticking point, the NDIS may be able to fund supports under the Improved Health & Wellbeing category to assist and teach you in the kitchen.
Improved health and wellbeing

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Improved learning The NDIS doesn’t cover school or university fees, textbooks or other curriculum-based items, but by accessing Improved Learning funding you might be able to cover the cost of supports that enable you to attend and complete your studies.
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Training for parents and carers Some of our clients have used funding in the Improved Daily Living category to claim training for parents, carers, and support workers. Examples include training in understanding challenging behaviours, non-verbal communication skills, and supported decision making.
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Improved relationships Even if you value independence over everything, as human beings we’re wired and evolved to connect with each other. Relationships are important for growing our sense of self worth and belonging, giving us confidence, and helping us to feel less alone – which is vital for our mental health.
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CONCLUSION

Remember, the supports you claim have to be related to your disability and the goals in your plan, and they need to meet the NDIA’s reasonable and necessary criteria. Not every category is automatically included in every plan, so talk to your National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) planner or Local Area Coordinator (LAC) or about what can and can’t be added to yours. Abled Care Services is here to help you this journey and make the most of your NDIS plan. Reach out to us today to learn more about how we can support you.

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