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How to use your self-managed NDIS funds for writing, editing or typing assistance

In Australia, people who are self-managing their NDIS funds can use those  funds to pay for typing, writing or editing services and support – as long as:

  • that support is necessary because of their disability, and
  • that support helps them achieve their stated NDIS goals.

Depending on the person’s disability or neurodivergence, the types of supports and services that may help them achieve their stated goals might include typing, scribing (typing what you say as you speak), editing, or consulting with you to improve your writing and self-editing.

Important: if you are hiring an editor, make sure they are a member of Institute of Professional Editors). If you are hiring someone to help you write your testimonies or memoir, or to edit your memoir or life story for you, make sure they are a member of Institute of Professional Editors or Life Stories Australia.

Who can benefit by using their self-managed NDIS funds to hire an editor, writer, typist or scribe

If you are a self-managed NDIS participant, you can use your NDIS funds to pay for typing, editing, scribing or writing services, as long as those services are necessary for you to meet your stated NDIS goals.

When do you need a typist or scribe to do your typing for you?

Some people can write but they cannot use a computer, due to their disability or neurodivergence. If you need to write essays or reports as part of your studies, or if you need to document your story or other information, and are unable to use a computer but can write by hand, we can type your handwritten documents  for you. We then email or post your documents to you. As long as getting your documents typed up helps you meet your stated NDIS goals (e.g. employability, social inclusion), those typing services can be paid for with your self-managed NDIS funds.

Some people cannot write or use a computer due to their disability. If you need to write essays or reports as part of your studies, or need to document your story or other information, but you are unable to write or use a computer due to your disability, we can type or scribe what you say, as you speak. That is, we type your orally-spoken essays, story or other documents. We then email or post the typed documents to you.

As long as your disability is the reason you need your documents written and typed up for you, and this helps you meet your stated NDIS goals (employability, social inclusion or other), those typing and scribing services can be paid for with your self-managed NDIS funds.

When do you need a writer or editor to help you write or self-edit your document/s

Some people can type and have some writing skills but due to their disability or neurodivergence, they find it difficult or impossible to write at the level they need to, or to self-edit their writing to the stage where it is easily read by other people.

If you need to improve your writing skills so that you can more clearly communicate in writing, we can work with you to self-edit your documents or coach you in writing and self-editing. We consult with you via Zoom, telephone, face to face, google.docs or whatever method is appropriate.

If you need your written documents to be improved so they are easy-to-read by others, but you don’t really want or need us to teach you how to self-edit or write more clearly, we can edit your documents for you so you can communicate the information you need to need to, to the reader.

As long as either communicating information to another person or people, or improving your written communication skills, helps you meet your stated NDIS goals (employability, social inclusion, self-healing or other), you can pay for those services with your self-managed NDIS funds.

When do you need an editor or life story writer to help you write your story or testimony?

Some people want or need to write their life story, memoir or testimony because of their disability. Writing about your experiences and sharing your story with others is proven to help people with PTSD heal from or  live with their disability, and improve their mental well being, thereby improving their capacity for social and community inclusion, further education and/or employment.

If you have PTSD, are neurodivergent or have another disability and you would benefit by being able to tell others about your experiences, by sharing your story with others, we can help you. We consult with you to listen to your story, type as you speak, or combine the parts of the story you have written with the parts of the story you feel more comfortable telling verbally, to write and edit your story. We then compile your story and print the number of copies you need, so you can share your story with your family or friends.

Sharing your story in this way is proven to be helpful in improving your ability to talk or write about your experiences, and healing from or learning how to better live with your neurodivergence or disability. If this helps you meet your stated NDIS goals (social and community inclusion, further education and/or potentially employment, or other), you can pay for these services with your self-managed NDIS funds.

In summary – when can NDIS funds be used for typing, editing or writing support?

If producing clear, well-written version of your document (essays, stories, life story, or other types of documents) is  going to help you achieve your NDIS goals, you can pay for the services and support you need to do that with your self-managed NDIS funds. This may include hiring a professional to:

  • scribe (type) as you speak, to document your words into an electronic and/or printed document, or into an online  forum (e.g. google.docs)
  • scribe recordings of your dictation, thereby transposing your words into an electronic and/or printed document
  • type your handwritten manuscript or other documents into electronic and/or printed documents
  • consult with you to help you write and self-edit your writing, to improve your written communication skills. This type of consultations will also improve your oral communication skills in regard to  talking about your writing and the subject matter of your story.
  • work alongside you (via Zoom, telephone or face to face) to edit your story or other document to make it clear and able to be read by the people you want to share it with
  • compile your stories, memoir, testimonies etc. into a well-designed document in a format that is easy for others to read. Print the number of copies you want and deliver them to you, so you can distribute them to your family and friends.

So, how can use your NDIS funding to pay for these services?

People who self-manage their NDIS funds can use those funds to meet the stated goals within their NDIS plan.

OTTEP has provided and continues to provide the above  services to a number of clients who use their self-managed NDIS funds to pay for these services. For example, one of our clients is studying a tertiary degree but she cannot type, therefore she speaks her study notes or essays while we type what she says. Another client has partly written a memoir about some of her life experiences and we are working with her to scribe in extra information and edit it into a coherent story, so she can share it with her family members. Another client with PTSD wants to improve her written communication skills so she can start a tertiary course, so we are coaching her in writing and self-editing.

If you are self-managing your NDIS funds, your goals are aligned with what we can offer you, and you wish to use our services, we can write a service agreement and quote for services that address your specific NDIS goals. We can then send you the service agreement, and an invoice for the first period.

My business On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading (OTTEP) is currently providing typing, editing, scribing and coaching services to people who are neurodivergent or have disabilities who are self-managed NDIS participants.

If you would like more information about the above, please call us for a chat or send us an email.


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