1. The first step is to identify what your specific needs are.
Speak to your GP, Allied Health Providers or Occupational Therapist to determine what would support you in achieving your goals.
2. Check the NDIS Price guide.
The NDIS price guide outlines the different types of assistive technology and equipment that are available through the NDIS, as well as the funding caps and guidelines for each category. It's important to check the price guide to determine whether the equipment you need is covered by the NDIS, and what the funding limits are.
3. Work with your Representative or Support Coordinator to apply for funding.
Once you have identified the equipment you need and confirmed that it is covered by the NDIS, you will need to apply for funding. You’ll need to gather some supporting documentation from your GP, Allied Health Providers or Occupational Therapist to validate your request.
4. Gather Assessments and quotes.
Before purchasing assistive technology or equipment, participants may need to undergo assessments or obtain quotes to determine their eligibility for funding.
The NDIS has specific guidelines for what types of assessments and quotes are required for different types of equipment, so it's important to consult with your GP, Allied Health Providers or Occupational Therapist or Plan Manager for guidance.
5. Consider the ongoing costs for maintenance and repairs of the equipment.
The ongoing maintenance costs may or may not be covered by the NDIS, depending on the circumstances. The NDIS may provide funding for repairs or maintenance if it is deemed necessary to maintain the effectiveness of the equipment or to ensure the safety of the participant.