The NDIS funding model is based on a capacity building framework and approach. What does that mean, and what is capacity building? NDIS capacity building is the process in which individuals develop their skills and abilities to perform functions, solve problems, set and achieve objectives, and understand and deal with their development needs in a broader context and in a sustainable manner. This approach empowers the NDIS participant to facilitate their own personal development, moving from the person whose ‘capacity is being developed’ to the ‘capacity builder.’
Here are five reasons why we believe in NDIS capacity building.
It focuses on the strength of the individual
Capacity building shifts the narrative around disability services from a deficit, needs-based model to an abundance, strength-building model. This allows participants, their parents and carers, as well as disability service providers to approach disability services with a growth mindset. Building on the strengths of participants, rather than focusing on their disability, empowers participants to become life-long learners.
It takes a holistic approach to the provision of services
At Nextt, we know that people need time and on-going, long-term support to reach their goals. We also know that it takes a multi-disciplinary team to help participants reach their full potential. The NDIS capacity building framework uses a variety of strategies and tactics at the individual, organisational and systemic levels that make it sustainable and effective. From teaching life skills like cooking, to developing vocational skills in the workplace, capacity building overcomes multi-dimensional barriers to achieving goals and wraps a multitude of services around an individual.
One of the best things about the NDIS capacity building programs is that they empower participants. The aim of capacity building is to show participants that with proper planning, execution and support, they can achieve something that they set their mind to. This shows participants that they can have an influence over their environment and actively create their own future.
It teaches problem solving skills
NDIS capacity building programs necessitate the development of problem solving skills. They take a problem-based approach that acknowledges participants as life-long learners, who will continuously learn new skills as they encounter new challenges. Participants play an active role in setting their own goals, choosing the right development strategies for themselves, and reflecting on their own progress. At Nextt, we’ve seen how this helps participants grow in confidence, as well as ability.
It prepares NDIS participants for real life
As NDIS capacity building programs grow the skills and capabilities of participants, they better prepare participants for real life. Focusing on developing self-care skills, communication and contributing to the household and community, capacity building aims to help participants lead independent lives and better participate in society.