Can I buy an iPad with NDIS funding?
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?
There are two areas in an NDIS plan where there might be funding for assistive technology:
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The Assistive Technology Support Category is designed for big ticket items like wheelchairs, hoists and speech generating devices. Read more about AT under the NDIS here.
There is funding available for cheaper, “low-risk” items under the Consumables Support Category. This could include all sorts of things like nonslip bathmats, vibrating alarms, desktop magnification and, as long as there is enough funding available in a participant’s plan, an iPad.
A standard size 5th generation iPad ranges in price from $469 to $799, depending on the features.
“Low cost and low risk items (Level 1) do not need a form to be sent into the NDIS. Participants with AT funded supports in their plan can seek advice (from an Independent Living Centre, AT assessor) and buy it themselves.” (from the NDIS document linked to above).
If your OT or other adviser thinks that an iPad would be useful for you, there’s no reason you can’t buy one with your NDIS funds.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Level 1 assistive technology under Core Supports.
For support and training, apply for funding for Innovative Community Participation under Capacity Building.