Exploring assistive technology and the NDIS
Under the NDIS, Assistive Technology (or AT), as defined by the World Health Organisation, is ‘any device or system that allows individuals to perform tasks they would otherwise be unable to do or increases the ease and safety with which tasks can be performed
Through equipment, devices or systems, AT helps and supports a person with a disability to reach their potential at home, in the community or workplace, such as communicating with other people, processing information and performing other daily tasks.
As a form of support, AT may be included in your NDIS plan if it is reasonable and necessary to meet your needs and help you pursue your goals.
The process you will follow to access AT in your NDIS plan will depend on:
- your specific AT needs
- the complexity of your AT needs
- how you choose to manage your AT budget
Depending on the risks associated with your disability or the environment where you need to use it, choosing the appropriate item of AT may be complex. There are various people and organisations who can help you find the right AT solution such as an AT Assessor. An AT Assessor can evaluate your specific needs and environment and help identify the most appropriate technology for you based on this and the complexity of your situation. You can search for AT Assessors through the NDIS Myplace participant portal or other provider registers.
For more information on AT and NDIS, click here. If you have questions relating to assistive technology, you can e-mail your local area at AT.MIDLAND@ndis.gov.au