Specialist support coordination
In addition to what your support coordinator would generally be expected to do, your specialist support coordinator can help you:
- address complex barriers that affect your ability to access the right supports
- design a service plan for your specific support needs, where needed.
Address complex barriers
Your specialist support coordinator should work with you, your family and carers to:
- understand what might impact your ability to access and maintain services and supports
- find ways to overcome these challenges
- set up a process to overcome these barriers.
Design a service plan for complex support needs
You may need a service plan for your specific circumstances or needs. Your specialist support coordinator can help you to design one.
You can work with your specialist support coordinator to identify all the people in your life who can support you with implementing your NDIS plan.
Your specialist support coordinator can then work with you, your family and carer to design a service plan which:
- makes sure everyone can work together to help you pursue your goals
- explains how everyone should communicate and cooperate with each other to support you
- helps you, your family and carer to manage problems or unexpected situations
- makes sure you keep getting the services you need in a crisis.
Once a service plan is designed, your support coordinator can help you, your family and carers to put the plan into action.
If you need advocacy services, you can find organisations who can help you through the National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP).
Your support coordinator should not act as an independent disability advocate for you. However your support coordinator can help you to understand when you might need a formal advocate.
The Disability Advocacy Fact Sheet outlines what disability advocacy is, why it is important and why independence matters.