What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology (AT) helps people to perform day to day tasks within their home, around their community, and in their workplace.

It may include equipment, devices, or systems.

Assistive Technology can be as simple as a non-slip bathmat or as complex as an implant speech processor.

What Assistive Technology is funded by the NDIS?

The NDIS will fund a wide range of AT, typically any device or system that will help with everyday tasks that can’t be completed without assistance.

Having an AT Assessment

Items that are considered to be low-cost and low-risk do not require you to have an assessment. However, in order to receive higher-cost Assistive Technology products through your NDIS Plan, you must be assessed by an NDIS approved assessor.

During your assessment, the assessor will determine whether certain Assistive Technology would be helpful in managing your disability.

The assessor will complete and submit a templated form outlining all of their recommendations.

What are NDIS consumables?

Consumables are everyday items that you use to help you manage your disability-related needs. They are generally single-use items, such as continence products, supplements, or low-cost items that assist with eating and drinking.

What is low cost Assistive Technology?

Low cost Assistive Technology doesn’t require you to have an assessment or obtain any quotes.

These items must be less than $1500.

What is daily adaptive equipment?

Daily adaptive equipment sits within the core supports section of a NDIS Plan. It is a type of consumable and is defined as “low-cost equipment that can be bought off the shelf without any need for customisation”.

Four levels of AT

Assistive Technology items are broken down into four levels.

Level 1

As previously discussed, there are low-cost, low-risk items that do not require participants to be assessed.

These AT items are Level 1 and are considered to be Basic Assistive Technology, available to be purchased off the shelf from any distributor.

Daily adaptive equipment is an example of Level 1 AT.

Level 2

Like Level 1 items, you can generally purchase Level 2 Assistive Technology items off the shelf. However, unlike Level 1 items, they must come from a specialist AT supplier.

These items are considered to be Standard Assistive Technology and may require minor adjustments or need to be set up for you. You may or may not require an assessment for a Level 2 item.

A device to assist you visually, such as a reading machine, is an example of Level 2 Assistive Technology.

Level 3

Level 3 AT items are considered to be Specialised Assistive Technology and require you to have an assessment and to obtain a written quote. They often require modification to suit the individual needs of the participant.

An example of a Level 3 item is a specialised car seat or other vehicle modifications to improve access.

Level 4

Level 4 items are considered to be Complex Assistive Technology. These devices are custom-made specifically for a participant.

They require an assessment as well as a written quote. Also required is ongoing support and training from a specialist.

An example of Level 4 AT is a power wheelchair with integrated controls.