Hi I am Charmaine and I am the mother of two children, my eldest is on the Autism Spectrum and an NDIS participant. The NDIS has been life changing for our family and our decision to self-manage was a result of coming along to a CDAH Planning Café back in 2014.
Initially I was hesitant about choosing to self-manage. However, that all changed when I heard another CDAH member talk about how she self-managed her daughter’s package. I thought to myself, “if she can do it, so can I." We haven’t looked back.I was keen to become a peer mentor because I love to share my knowledge of the NDIS with others and "pay it forward."
I have worked in disability services for the last 10 years and prior to that I had a career in financial services. I have considerable insight into the NDIS from both the participant and provider perspective, including using the new portal.
I can offer mentoring in:
Accessing the NDIS for the first time
Choosing to self-manage or plan-manage your NDIS budget
Navigating the NDIS Participant Portal
Getting ready for NDIS reviews and appeals
A video about the NDIS and the importance of peer support. Made by people with intellectual disability for people with intellectual disability.