Can I buy an iPad with NDIS funding?

Posted on

Can I buy an iPad with NDIS funding?

Will the NDIS fund an iPad?

Like many things to do with the NDIS, the answer is not necessarily a simple yes or no. A recent update from the NDIS seemed to say outright that iPads are generally not approved because they are considered mainstream devices. People who have already been through the process of applying for NDIS have had mixed experiences – some have had iPads approved and some haven’t.

How do you get assistive technology under the NDIS?

An NDIS plan might have the following category of funding for assistive technology:

Support Purpose Outcomes Framework Domain Support Category
Capital Daily Living Assistive Technology

 

The Assistive Technology Support Category is designed for larger ticket items like wheelchairs, hoists and speech generating devices and also mainstream devices such as iPads where the NDIA planner determines it to be a reasonable and necessary support.

 

The first step is to arrange for an OT to complete and assistive technology assessment.  The templates can be found at the following link https://ndis.gov.au/providers/at/assessing-at.html#template

Once the assistive technology assessment is submitted, if the planner approves the device for the participant,  funding will be made available in the Assistive Technology budget to purchase the piece of equipment.

Read more about AT under the NDIS here.

A standard size 5th generation iPad ranges in price from $469 to $799, depending on the features.

The entry level iPad 5 costs $469

Samsung tablets start from as little as $199 for a 7 inch 8GB WiFi model to $849 for a 9.7 inch 64GB WiFi and 4G model.

If your occupational therapist, physiotherapist, speech pathologist or other adviser thinks that an iPad or tablet, smart phone or smart watch would be useful for you, then you can start the process of finding a provider and asking them to put in a request via the NDIS portal.  Ask your allied health professional to write the recommendation in an official report and keep that report in case you are audited by the NDIS in the future.

NDIS funding has also been used by participants to purchase extended warranty on their device, protective cases and iTunes vouchers for purchasing relevant apps.

What if I’m not sure how to use an iPad to support me achieve my goals?

There are people and organisations who can help you with how to use your new device.  Some OTs are very proficient with assistive technology as are some support workers.  Our staff can also help you. Email us on accessibility@macandpcdoctors.com.au or ring us on 07 3892 2227.

What should I make sure is on my NDIS plan?

For a tablet, smartphone or smartwatch, make sure you have funding for Assistive Technology under Capital.

For support and training, apply for funding for Innovative Community Participation under Capacity Building.

An iPad can support a person with a disability in many ways

What is coming from Apple in 2015?

Posted on

What can we expect from Apple in 2015? There’s certainly a lot of rumours and predictions making the rounds. Let’s take a look at some of Apple’s biggest products and what we could expect this year.

 

1. Apple Watch

AppleWatch-official10-578-80

While not yet an Apple product 2015 will see the launch of the Apple Watch. In fact, it’s the only product launch that has been officially confirmed by the company. Dates for the launch vary, but most expect it will be in February, possibly on Valentine’s Day. It will be Apple’s first wearable technology and will come in three different versions: Watch, Watch Sport and Watch Edition. There will be two models: a 38 millimeter model featuring a 272×340 pixel screen and a 42 millimeter version with a 312×390 pixel screen. Unlike other Apple products the Apple Watch will allow customisation in its design with a range of interchangeable straps. The first version of the watch will require an iPhone. If you don’t own an iPhone but would like an Apple watch you will have to wait until late in 2015. The watch will come with a heart rate monitor so health apps are likely to be central focus of the Apple Watch. Pricing will start at $349 in the US (approximately $430 Australian) with no indication around pricing for more expensive models.

 

2. Apple TV

With no significant update in a number of years, there are many rumours circulating around Apple TV in 2015. Some suggest Apple will launch a subscription service with live and on demand TV. Other rumours have suggested there will be support for video games as well as a dedicated App store. A dedicated App store could mean Apple TV is used as a control hub for various products around the home with developers using Apple’s HomeKit tools to create apps. While most rumours suggest that Apple will continue to refine Apple TV, rumours persist that a complete redesign is on the cards one that would once again see it dominate an increasingly competitive product segment.

 

3. iPhone 7

While it seems only recently that the iPhone 6 was launched, Apple has been consistently launching new versions of the iPhone in September each year. This is expected to continue. Over half of Apple’s revenue is generated from this product alone and therefore consistent launches of upgraded iPhones have almost become mandatory for Apple to ensure it remains at the forefront of the smart-phone industry. Rumours for the iPhone 7 focus on the devices camera. Some have predicted the biggest improvement ever for the iPhone’s camera especially the rear facing camera. Other rumours include a built-in Beats Music app, upgraded chip technology, wireless charging and a reversible USB charger.

 

4. iPad

The most likely prediction for the iPad this year is a larger screen. Dubbed the iPad Pro or iPad Plus the screen could be over 12 inches compared to the 7.9 and 9.7 inch models currently on offer from Apple. A partnership with IBM has most people predicting that the new iPad will be aimed at educational institutions and business professionals with a range of new business related apps to be launched. The new iPad may also allow multitasking through custom software allowing a split-screen.

 

5. Mac

 

Retina display has been a staple of the MacBook Pro since 2012. 2015 might finally see a MacBook Air with this same technology. A new 12 inch version alongside the current 11 and 13 inch models has been forecast as has ultra-slim casing, a new trackpad without a button and a fan-less design. It is possible too that the rumoured 12 inch version would be offered in the same three colours currently available for the iPhone 6. Predications for a release date centre around the middle of the year.