Down Syndrome Support Services

As a leading Down Syndrome Support service provider, Sapphire Support is dedicated to ensuring everyone has access to the care and support they need to live their best life.

NDIS Funded Down Syndrome Support Services

Down Syndrome Care & Support

Down Syndrome is one of the most common chromosomal conditions in Australia with up to 15,000 people living with the condition. Individuals with Down Syndrome may have differing levels of physical and intellectual disability depending on the extent of the genetic abnormality.

Today, people with Down Syndrome are living longer, healthier and more productive lives than ever before. With the right care and support, they can achieve their full potential and lead fulfilling lives within the community.

Sapphire Support provides a range of services and support to people with Down Syndrome, their families and carers. Our team of experts are dedicated to helping individuals and their families achieve their goals and live life as independently as possible.

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How Down Syndrome Support Can Help

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is designed to support people with a permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities.

Various down syndrome support services such as supported independent living and social and community participation work to improve interpersonal skills and provide opportunities for them to socialise and partake in various activities, helping them gain a sense of belonging and combat social isolation.

The benefits of down syndrome support services include:

  • Access to a team of highly-skilled professionals who can provide guidance, advice, and support with navigating the NDIS system
  • Help in building a tailored plan that meets your individual needs and enables you to achieve your goals
  • Assistance in taking part in community activities
  • Receive access to the assistance and support needed to achieve specific goals
  • Address personal care needs
  • Support to help participants live more independent and fulfilling lives
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Down Syndrome Support Services

Our Support Services Include

Our Services Short Term Accommodation Respite

Supported Independent Living

Improving your experience of daily life with high-quality, personalised support.

Supported Independent Living SIL Accommodation

Specialist Disability Accommodation

Dedicated support for individuals with complex disabilities and hight support needs.

 

Social and Community Participation Winners

Social & Community Participation

Explore your creativity, engage with others and express yourself in your community.

Is Down Syndrome Support Covered by the NDIS?

Helping You Live The Life You Deserve

The NDIS provides funding for disability supports and services that help people with disabilities to live more independently. The exact support and funding you can receive will depend on your individual situation, from the severity of your disability and how it affects your day-to-day life.

While individuals with down syndrome over the age of 7 are not automatically eligible for NDIS funding, there is an access request form that can be completed by families or carers. NDIS funding will be determined based on what is ‘reasonable and necessary’.

Our team of professionals are highly-skilled in navigating the NDIS, and will work closely with you and your family to identify your needs, advocate on your behalf and build a tailored plan for achieving your goals and enhancing your quality of life. If you want to learn more, give us a call on 1300 881 884 to discuss the options best for your needs.

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Superior Support, Tailored To You

At Sapphire support, we are dedicated to enabling everyone with Down Syndrome to live their best life. Whether you need help navigating the NDIS, assistance in building a tailored support plan for achieving your goals, or just someone to listen and provide guidance and advice, we are here for you every step of the way.

We pride ourselves on supporting individuals with Down Syndrome in achieving their goals and living fulfilling lives. We believe that each individual is unique and tailor our support services to meet these specific needs

We endeavour to be a solid support system for people with Down Syndrome and their families. Our team of professionals have your best interests at heart, and will work with you to help you thrive.

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NDIS & Disability Service FAQ’S

Why Was The NDIS Introduced?

Before the NDIS was introduced, disability services in Australia had been a lottery.

The funding you received depended on how, when and where you acquired your disability, as well as where you lived. Some people got enough funding, some people got none! Really, it was all just a bit unfair!

So, after they held an enquiry, the Federal Government agreed that people with a disability deserved a fairer system. And, more control!

And in July 2013, the NDIS was introduced.

What Is The NDIA?

The NDIA is the National Disability Insurance Agency.

It is a government agency and its role is to implement and manage the NDIS and make sure people with disability continue to get the support they need.

What happens to my current Mobility Allowance with the NDIS?

When you join the NDIS you will no longer be eligible for the Mobility Allowance.

Remember to tell your Planner or Local Area Coordinator (LAC) that you get the Mobility Allowance at your planning meeting. That way they can make sure it is included in your new NDIS plan.

Is transport covered under the NDIS?

If you are not able to use public transport because of your disability, you may be able to get NDIS funding to cover transport such as taxis.

If you already receive funding through a taxi subsidy scheme, the NDIA will also take this into account.

The NDIS will not provide funding to carers or family members to transport a person with a disability to everyday commitments.

The NDIS can also fund supports that help you build confidence and learn how to travel or use public transport independently.

For example, if your goal is to get your driver’s licence, the NDIS may be able to support you to achieve this.

Will the NDIS fund home modifications?

The NDIS will only fund reasonable and necessary home modifications.

This often means they will give you funding to help you use certain rooms in your home such as your bedroom, living area, meal area and bathroom.

Some examples of common modifications are:

  • Ramps
  • Lifting platforms
  • Stair climbers
  • Hand rails
  • Bathroom modifications such as removal of a bath or enlarging a shower
  • Widening doorways
  • Kitchen modifications

The NDIS also only funds home modifications to a person’s primary residence. If you are renting, the owner must provide a written agreement and you will also need to intend on living there into the future.

Before the NDIS will fund modifications, other possible solutions such as assistive technology will also be looked at.

For example, bathroom modifications won’t be funded if equipment, such as a shower stool, could make the bathroom safe and accessible for you.

Can my family be included in the NDIS process?

Yes! You can invite family members to be a part of your planning process and really every step of the way.

You might like your family members included a lot, or a little – the choice is yours.

What if I am a Sapphire Support customer but am not eligible for NDIS support?

If you are not eligible for the NDIS but are already receiving support from Sapphire Support, you will still be able to access the same level of supports you already have in place.

Governments have agreed that no one should be disadvantaged by transitioning to the NDIS.

How will my funding be managed?

There are 3 different ways you can manage your NDIS plan.

You don’t have to choose only one of these options. You can use a combination.

For example, you might self-manage some parts of your plan while the NDIA may look after other parts.

The three options are:

  • Your plan is managed by someone from the NDIA
  • Your plan is managed by a Plan Manager
  • You manage your NDIS plan

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