Self direction is the opportunity to have control over your decisions to determine the course of your own life. For people with disability this includes directing how they are supported and by whom. This resource page provides examples of people managing their own supports, hiring their own staff and shaping their own futures.
"He must have done a dozen shows in the last 12 months." Karim is a performance artist, business operator and student. In this video, Karim works with his team to present his motivational message and go deeper into dance and Indigenous culture through his small business and studies at university. We hear from support staff Kamran, Sean and Ben. (Opens on Self-Managed Supports website)
"I’m watching my daughter thrive, doing what she wants to do.” In this video, Rachael is discovering her passions and strength as a pole dancer. Her mum Jo talks about her Vision for Rachael, how it was to start and maintain Self Management, and how she selects and works with Rachael's support staff. Her support team Sarah, Kelly and Luci talk about their work. (Opens on Self-Managed Supports website)
Website on self-managing your (or your family member’s) supports under the NDIS. Personal stories; experiences in self-managed employment relationships; tips and traps on self-management, recruitment and training; and the NDIS Self-management Guide. (Opens in new window)
In this video of a 2018 conference presentation, parent Belinda Epstein-Frisch on self-directing in Australia. The opportunity to direct individualised supports has been a hard won victory through the vigorous advocacy of people with disability, their families and allies. (Opens in YouTube)
In this webinar, a panel discusses the opportunities that self managing NDIS supports can provide for choice, flexibility and quality of life and what it takes to implement.The panelists are Dr Sam Bennett, Marita Walker, Jan Kruger, parent of Jack, NDIS Self-Managed Participant and Kristie McCarthy, NDIS Self-Managed Participant. (Opens on NDIS website)