About the NDIS

What is the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australian Government funding model that supports people with disability. People enrolled in the NDIS, participants, have the opportunity to set goals and build a plan to cover supports, services and equipment required to help them achieve their goals.

NDIS plans are only built once per annum, per individual so it's important to make sure all options are discussed and any requirements are properly included in plans, to avoid delays and ensure participants have the proper supports to achieve their goals.

The NDIS plan encompass all elements of their life such as everyday living, sport, work and education. The NDIS is a person-centred approach meaning, participants have choice as to what resources, products and services they need. NDIS participants will work with their health care provider(s) and an NDIS planner to set goals and build a plan that will provide the financial supports needed to enable participants to achieve their goals.

If assistive technology or assistive products may be required, it is important to ensure both assistive technology and Occupational Therapy hours are included in the plan

For further information, the NDIS website also has detailed information about the Scheme as well as resources to help people with disability to enroll and start building their plan. 

Please visit the following links for more information: 

 

How to add assistive technology and / or modified equipment to your NDIS plan

Once you have registered as an NDIS participant, you will need to start thinking about your plan – for example gathering information on what you want to achieve, and what sort of supports would you like. NDIS planners and service providers can assist your with this process. After your plan is approved by the NDIS you can choose your service provider.

Step 1. Think about what you need

  • What do you want to be able to do?
  • What do you enjoy doing?
  • What equipment do you need for sport, work or play?
  • What supports do you need for everyday activities?
  • Will you need assistance from a service provider to meet your needs?

Solve’s specialised Occupational Therapists are available to provide you with advice on finding the right piece of equipment to meet your needs. If nothing is available, Solve’s engineers and technically skilled volunteers can design, build and/or modify an existing piece of equipment to suit your individual needs.

Step 2. Write your goals

Your goals will cover things you want to fund through your plan, so always ensure that your goals cover a broad range of life, work and play areas. Such as ‘I will participate in social activities’.  By keeping your goals broad, you will improve your access to items you need being funded.


Step 3. Add the item to your plan
Once you know what type of equipment or modifications are required, you will need to contact your NDIS planner to ensure they are added into your plan.

Solve can supply a quote prior to your conversation with the NDIS planner, or after. Most importantly we ask that you add 5-6 hours of Occupational Therapist time to your Capacity Building (CB) Daily Activity section to allow plenty of time for your therapy team to find, design, modify and evaluate the final product so it is perfect for the you.

Why 5 hours?

There are elements of the unknown when customising specific equipment for a person with a disability. This is why we recommend allocating 5-6 hours of Occupational Therapy time. If we do not require all hours for the completion of your project, you may reallocate those hours to other occupational needs throughout the year. 

 

For detailed information about how to include Solve's Assistive Technology or Freedom Wheels bicycles into your NDIS plan and obtain funding approval by the NDIA planners, download our 

Information pack for people living with a disability, their parents, carers, advocates, clinicians and NDIS service providers. 

 

For any other help, support or advice regarding your plan, please call Solve on 1300 663 243

Page updated: 15 October 2018