We will work alongside you to find out your goals, dreams and what supports you need to live well.
This conversation enables us to find the best people, opportunities and supports in your community.
Who is eligible?
Life Unlimited and AccessAbility offer Needs Assessment to disabled people from birth to 65 years of age in Otago, Southland, Whanganui, Taranaki, Hutt Valley and Tairāwhiti. To be eligible for a Needs Assessment, your disability must last longer than six months and you must need support in some parts of your life because of your disability.
Your disability could be:
- sensory: vision and/or hearing
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To get started, you need to contact us for a Needs Assessment or someone else can do it on your behalf. That process is called a referral.
You can apply yourself or we will also accept an application made on your behalf by:
- a member of your whanau or family,
- a friend
- a carer
- a disability support organisation
- a doctor or health professional
If you are applying on behalf of someone else, the person that the Needs Assessment is for needs to give their permission before the application is made.
The person applying needs to complete the Needs Assessment application form to start the process.
We will let you know once we have received your application.
After we receive your form, we will check that you are eligible for a Needs Assessment.
If it’s the first time you have worked with us, we may need your doctor or specialist to confirm your disability.
We can only start the Needs Assessment once we have confirmed you are eligible.
How do I apply?
There are three ways to apply.
- Complete the online form.*Coming soon*
- Contact your local office and we will assist you to complete your application over the phone, via email or in person.
- Find the contact details for your local office
First time applications
If it’s the first time you have worked with us, please ask your doctor or specialist to write a letter confirming your diagnosis fill out a ‘Confirming your disability’ form and attach it to your application.
- Download Confirming your disability form PDF Document (445KB pdf)
We get to know you
We will arrange a meeting to learn more about you, so we can understand your needs and the things that are important to you.
We talk with you and other people in your life, such as your family/whānau, your carer and other people important to you.
We want you to feel comfortable when talking with us
You can choose where to have your meeting and you are welcome to have whānau, a friend, a caregiver or an advocate with you.
Let us know if you would like us to organise cultural support or interpreter services, including an NZSL interpreter.
What happens at a Needs Assessment?
During your Needs Assessment we will ask you questions about your life, listen carefully and learn as much as we can about your goals, dreams and what you need to live well.
At the end of your meeting, a plan will be put together which we will show you and ask you to check. You will also need to sign it or have someone sign it for you.
Soon after your Needs Assessment meeting, we will contact you to talk about ideas that could assist you to live well.
We will work with you to find the right support to help you achieve your goals. Our local teams are very knowledgeable about their areas and will help you connect with the best support available.
We can connect you with people, opportunities and supports in your community to help you to live well.
Support ideas may include:
- formal or informal support from whānau and friends
- personal care or home help
- Individualised Funding
- local networks, community or disability organisations
- Local Area Coordination
- Funded Family Care
- home and community support including respite and carer support
- Supported Living
- Residential support.