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What is NDIS Assistive Technology ?

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What is the purpose of NDIS assistive devices?

 

For persons with disabilities, NDIS assistive technology can be a game changer, allowing them to undertake jobs they would otherwise be unable to do. Assistive technology under the NDIS is defined as “what exactly is NDIS assistive technology?”

What is the purpose of NDIS assistive devices?

 

If a piece of equipment allows you to execute an activity you couldn’t otherwise do, or if it makes it easier and safer for you to perform a certain task, it’s called assistive technology (AT).

Your options for assistive technology and equipment are virtually limitless. New assistive technology is being developed all the time, and it’s wonderful to see what’s new. Think beyond the box about how technology can help you reach your NDIS goals. Your Occupational Therapist (OT) or physiotherapist might also offer advice.

To help you live a more independent life, NDIS assistive devices include non-slip bath mats, adaptable can openers and electric wheelchairs and stair lifts.


What’s the difference between NDIS assistive technology and low cost assistive technology?

 

Yes. There are several fundamental distinctions in how they are supported under the NDIS, despite the fact that they are both a bit comparable. A low-cost assistive device is one that costs less than $1,500 and does not necessitate any additional customization. Using your Core budget, you can purchase these products.

It is more expensive, more complicated and may need to be tailored to the needs of the user. In order to purchase this item with your funding, you’ll need to provide additional information.


What is the process for obtaining NDIS funding for assistive devices?

 

An assistive technology is classified as a capital investment. Obtaining funding for a piece of assistive technology in your NDIS plan requires submitting a quote from the NDIS.

Additional funding for continuing needs like as maintenance can be obtained once a bid has been approved.


Can you tell me where I can find NDIS assistive technology for purchase?

 

Assistive technology can be purchased in a number of ways. While it may seem like a daunting task at first, you’ll be surrounded by people who are willing to lend a hand.


Get the Help You Need

 

An OT or AT Advisor is the first person to contact. These specialists will work closely with you to acquire the information the NDIS requires to provide you financing for your equipment.

Anything under $15,000 will qualify as low-cost equipment.

Prepare a written report and submit it to the client. Your OT or AT Advisor will provide you with a report or letter that explains why your new equipment should be funded by the NDIS, based on your medical needs. If this report is from an OT or AT Advisor and fits the typical reasonable and required standards, your request will be automatically authorised.. The retailer of your choice will then be able to sell you the new item.

 


Do some research and get a price estimate

 

Make contact with an equipment provider and request a price quote for the item you’re interested in.

Send this quote to the NDIS, together with the report or letter from your OT or AT Advisor stating why the item is reasonable. If you’re having trouble submitting quotes, ask your occupational therapist for help.


Get a bill for your services.

 

Once your quote has been confirmed by the NDIS, get in touch with the supplier and request an invoice for the equipment. You can then send this invoice to the NDIS for payment processing and approval.

If you have a plan manager, all you have to do is hand them your invoice and they’ll take care of the rest.


Get your tools together.

 

They can deliver the equipment to you once they have received payment from your service provider. Assistive technology is often created to your specifications, thus this stage may necessitate a manufacturer’s order. Prepare for delays and ask your service provider for a certain timetable.


Are there continuous expenses?

 

There’s a good chance that after you get your Assistive Technology, you’ll have to pay for it in the future. For example, the NDIS can cover the cost of routine upkeep and repairs. It’s possible to get money for renting equipment while you wait for your own to arrive from the merchant, or even to “try it out” before buying it if your occupational therapist recommends that you do so.