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10 December 2018

What is assistive technology?

Here at the Leap in! HQ, we understand that every person living with a disability has different needs and needs different supports. So we’re here to help you understand what assistive technology is and what assistive technology is provided by the NDIS so that you can decide what you may need to include as part of your NDIS plan.

What is assistive technology?

Assistive technology is any device or system that allows you to do something that you wouldn’t be able to do without it (or can be used to increase the ease or safety of things that you do).

Examples of assistive technology include:

  • No-slip bath mats
  • Bath seats
  • Handrails
  • Ramps
  • Desktop electronic magnification
  • Vibrating alarms and smoke alarms
  • Remote controls
  • Home modifications such as bathroom adaptions
  • Pressure mattresses
  • Power wheelchairs
  • How we work together so you can review and approve invoices, track your budgets in real time and ensure that you are getting the most out of the plan.

Assistive technology under the NDIS does not include:

  • Items for treatment of rehabilitation
  • A built environment that is used by others
  • Anything that is considered to be “mainstream technology” that does not overcome a functional limitation. For example, a car is not assistive technology but modifications to a car could be.

Will funding for assistive technology be included in my Plan?

The need for assistive technology is assessed by the NDIS on a case-by-case basis. It will be included if it is decided to be a ‘reasonable and necessary’ support that meets your needs and will help you to achieve your goals.

That is just one more reason why it’s so important to be prepared for your Plan meeting!

We can help you.

Let us help you with your preparation for your first NDIS Plan meeting or Plan Review to ensure you have everything covered and make sure you have the very best chance of getting the help you need.

Call us on 1300 05 78 78 to have your questions answered about assistive technology, to book your free NDIS pre-planning session or sign up to Leap in! plan management today.

Further reading.

FAQS: The NDIS and assistive technology.

Kids and the NDIS: Assistive technology in the learning environment.

Questions we get asked the most about assistive technology.