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Assistive Technology as an NDIS Participant

7 July, 2021

Under your NDIS plan, there are certain assistive technologies that may be utilised as an NDIS participant. Assistive technologies are physical supports that help participants do something more easily and safely - and your NDIS plan can provide this for you. Focus Care has put together a comprehensive guide of what assistive technology is, how to get it, and how it can help you. 

What is assistive tech?

Assistive technology is classed as any device or system that allows individuals to perform tasks they would otherwise be unable to do, or increases the ease and safety with which tasks can be performed. Assistive technology may be included in your NDIS plan if it helps you pursue your goals, meets your needs, and meets the necessary criteria for approval.

What are examples of assistive tech?

Assistive technology can come in many different forms. Examples of assistive technology can include:

  • If you have a speech impairment, a certain app may help you speak to another person.

  • If you have trouble moving around your home safely, non-slip mats can assist you in moving around your home safely.

  • If you have trouble eating certain food, special forks can assist you with eating.

  • If you have trouble with mobility, assistive tech such as a wheelchair, adjustable bed, or walker can also be included.

  • If you need assistance with maintaining your medication, a medication dispenser can help you coordinate this.

What are the different levels of assistive tech?

There are three key categories of assistive technology within the NDIS, which are classified as low cost, mid cost and high cost assistive tech. 

  • Low cost assistive technology: under $1500 per item

  • Mid cost assistive tech: between $1500 - $5000 per item

  • High cost assistive tech: over $5000 per item

Some items are best to buy. Other items, it may be more ideal to rent or borrow them. This is better suited to someone who has needs that are likely to change. 

How would I get assistive tech?

High cost assistive tech is usually assessed by the NDIS. In the majority of cases, the process of finding this approval is through an Occupational Therapist. Examples of high cost assistive tech includes a wheelchair, home modifications, or a guide dog. 

After assessing your needs, your Occupational Therapist will then complete a report to send to the NDIA. High cost assistive tech needs are approved on a case by case basis. This assistive tech will not come out of your NDIS budget, but the use of an Occupational Therapist will. 

How can assistive tech help me?

Assistive technology is specific to you. This means that you will only enquire about and apply for assistive tech that is directly applicable to you and your needs. Your assistive technology will be able to assist you by making day to day activities easier and safer for you to complete.  

How can Focus Care help me?

Focus Care has a friendly team of Support Coordinators that can provide help with organising and applying for assistive technology. If you or a loved one is looking for NDIS support or assistance with applying for AT, contact us today.

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