What is Assistive Technology (AT) under the NDIS?
NDIS participants with a physical disability can experience challenges with everyday tasks. Assistive Technology (AT) is equipment that supports you, the participant, to maintain and improve independence by improving your functional capacity.
Can I use my NDIS funds to purchase AT?
Yes. Most commonly you can use Capital AT funding. However, if the cost for AT is lower than $1500 you can use Core funding.
The funding process for AT can be complex. Your Support Coordinator should break it down for you so that you understand the process. There are 3 levels of AT that are categorised by cost and each have different requirements. Your Support Coordinator should work with you to ensure that the AT that you are requesting funding for aligns with your NDIS goals. This must happen in order for your request for AT funding to be deemed reasonable and necessary by the NDIA.
What types of AT will the NDIS fund?
The NDIS will only fund AT related to a participant’s disability such as mobility devices, postural support, hoists, home modifications such as ramps or handrails and prosthetics. The NDIS will not fund items that are considered an everyday expense, such as items that are generally found in households.
Can I buy an iPad with my NDIS funds?
An iPad (or tablet device) is considered an everyday household appliance. Generally, the NDIS will not fund this unless you are able to provide evidence from your health team to demonstrate why it would be reasonable and necessary to receive funding for an iPad. An iPad (or tablet device) will generally only be funded for the sole purpose of disability-related activities. If it is also used for work or school-related activities, it is unlikely that you will be able to use your NDIS funding.
Are there different AT categories in the NDIS?
Yes. Low-cost AT is under $1,500 and can be purchased from unregistered NDIS providers or off-the-shelf local retailers. Mid cost is between $1,500 to $15,000 and you may need a recommendation letter to support your request for funding. High cost AT covers items over $15,000 which will require both a recommendation letter and a quote to support your request for funding.
Short term accommodation (STA), commonly referred to as respite, is a form of support and accommodation. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can usually fund 28 days total per year, which can be used for up to 14 days at a time.
Our Support Coordinator Luan, answers your questions about Assistive Technology and how you can use your NDIS funding.
Our team of Brisbane based Plan Managers and Support Coordinators make the NDIS easy to understand and navigate so that you can get the most out of your plan. Let’s take a look at how Plan Management and Support Coordination work and the differences between them