Today I want to bring to your attention the business, called better goals, that is hoping to develop and launch a new software tool to help disabled people plan for the NDIS.
It is probably best to quote from their Start Some Good crowd funding page which explains their business and the help they want to provide. It is well worth checking out and you may like to get a considerable discount on their launch price and support the cause:
better goals is a social enterprise transforming the way people with disability pursue their goals and take charge of their lives.
We want to make it easy for people to be independent and in control so they can get the most out of their NDIS funding.
So what exactly is better goals?
better goals is a website and app that makes it easy to manage your NDIS funding, whilst staying focused on your goals.
We bring together people with disability, carers and family members, support workers, service providers and coordinators of support on one easy-to-use management platform.
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It’s designed around three core needs for people managing NDIS funding: goal planning and tracking; scheduling and rostering; and budget management.
Things like paying invoices, knowing when your next dance class is, or setting and tracking goals can all be done easily and in one place, with better goals.
(Image description: Two iPhone screens side by side. One shows the details of a Swing To It Sydney Dance Class including the date, time, and address. The other shows buttons offering directions and checking in and ‘getting there’ details including meeting a support worker and the time to be ready at.)
We use your NDIS plan to customise the way you use better goals, putting you in control.
The platform will feature:
- Goal planning, diary notes and reviews: easily record your day and track how you’re progressing towards your goals
- Appointments dashboard: keep on top of the when, where and why of all your appointments
- Rosters and service notes: set and share rosters, review and comment on service notes uploaded directly by workers
- Budget dashboard: know what funding you’ve got and exactly where it’s going
- Invoicing tool: self-manage with less hassle by processing invoices directly through better goals
- Contact dashboards: directly contact the people you need to
- Better Goals Dashboard Notification
(Image description: Two website screenshots on top of each other. The first shows a popup notification asking the user to view a diary entry from an activity. The second shows the diary entry including the details, the goals, some notes and budget tracking.)
Why do we need better goals?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been introduced to give people with disability more choice and control over their lives. It provides the funding needed to live a good life and pursue goals.
But in practice it can be pretty confusing and difficult to navigate. It is especially hard to actively achieve goals and plan for the future when you’re living a busy life that has lots of different people involved in it.
At the end of the day, you really have to work hard to take charge and get the most out of the system. We don’t think that’s good enough.
Who is better goals?
Tymon Kennedy is the founder and driver of better goals. He is committed to doing something positive with his life.
(Image description: Tymon pointing at a persons computer whilst another person looks on.)
He fell into the disability sector in 2005, landing a job as a support worker whilst at uni. And while he loved the work, he hated the system.
Tymon has spent the last few years working for the NSW Council for Intellectual Disability with My Choice Matters, the largest capacity building program for people with disability in NSW. Here he has learnt loads about what it really means for people with disability to be independent, in control and achieving their goals!
18 months ago, through the School of Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) NDIS Accelerator program Tymon started working on a way to support people to have more control over their funding and after much community consultation and reflection he arrived at better goals.
To make better goals happen he partnered with human-centred design experts Syfte and Dynamic4. Syfte interviewed 45 people with disability, their families and the services they work with to learn what people need. Dynamic4 then came on board to design an easy to use and accessible prototype of the solution.
How can you help?
We have an awesome prototype, and now we need your help to raise $25,000 to build the real thing!
So, we’ve created some great rewards to make getting behind us worth your while.
You can check out the rewards and gifts that you will receive for supporting the business here.