Our tooth cracks on a hard biscuit, and we call the dentist or if suddenly the pain in our mouth is so severe, we may even decide to turn up at the hospital in the Emergency Department.
You want ACTION. You want ASSISTANCE. You want to get somewhere to ACHIEVE something. What will happen if you don’t act on it? Will anything get done? Perhaps, nobody will even know about it happening and life will go on, but maybe with one less car on the road or one less person in the workplace.
As a professional person who has worked in hospitals, institutions, residential housing for disability, nursing homes, education departments, private organisations, non-profit organisations – it’s really important to “ask for help” in order to gain answers, information, build relationships, be taken seriously, remind them about you.
Many big and small organisations now and in the near future will be waiting for those CALLS, know they must RESPOND to a request, know they have to act on what they have been alerted to. Those calls, REQUESTS and REFERRALS all require acknowledgement of needs and responding to those needs. If the need is not met soon enough, in a time that satisfies the customer, you may choose to go elsewhere and you are ENTITLED to do that. It is your CHOICE.
Consider what you or your child’s needs are
Consider possibilities of funding that could be sourced and JUST APPLY! (the sooner, the better)
Consider a reasonable amount of time to wait and see someone
Consider how long it’s been since they last visited
Consider what else you have been waiting for and get in touch with those who can provide
Consider whether the 8 National Standards for Disability Services are being followed by your provider/s:
- Service access
- Individual needs
- Decision making and choice
- Privacy, dignity and confidentiality
- Participation and integration
- Valued status
- Complaints and disputes
- Service management