Information from the NDIS on AT
This information at this link from the NDIS explains the levels of classification of assistive technology. Whether funding is given for a particular higher cost item will depend on the participant’s goals and the assessor’s decision.
In many cases, participants are given an amount of up to $1021 (correct as of January 2018) to purchase items that are considered low risk. It is up to the participant’s discretion how they spend that money, of course always bearing in mind that that items purchased with NDIS funding must:
- comply with the general criteria for supports outlined in rule 5.1 of the Supports for Participants Rules;
- not fall within a category of supports that will not be funded or provided under rule 5.3 of the Supports for Participants Rules;
- assist the participant to pursue the goals, objectives and aspirations included in the participant’s statement of goals and aspirations;
- assist the participant to undertake activities, so as to facilitate the participant’s social or economic participation;
- represent value for money in that the costs of the support are reasonable, relative to both the benefits achieved and the cost of alternative support;
- effective and beneficial for the participant, having regard to current good practice;
- takes account of what it is reasonable to expect families, carers, informal networks and the community to provide; and
- be most appropriately funded or provided through the NDIS, and not more appropriately funded or provided through other service systems.
As outlined in the AT Complexity Classification document, the NDIA recognises some AT as low cost, low risk (Category 1) and participants who have AT identified in their plan will generally have funding in that plan for them to directly purchase a modest amount of this AT that is integral to meeting their plan goals.
The Daily Adaptive Equipment (03_131_0103_1_1) line item under a participant’s CORE budget (Consumables support category) would be where they would claim these expenses. (NDIS document)
What we can offer
That said, here are items which we as an NDIS Registered Provider can supply under the NDIS if funding has been approved and the above criteria are met:
- protective cases for tablets and phones
- AppleCare+ extended warranty for iPad
- iTunes vouchers
- Schlage smart locks
- Smart plugs
- Motion sensors
- Security cameras
Contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with further questions or if you would like to arrange a service booking.