Safety and Mobility are an NDIS Registered Assistive Technology provider. The access to Assistive Technology NDIS has made a reality is a great step towards ensuring all Australians can participate in their lives as fully as possible. We stay up to date with the latest advice and recommendations from the NDIA as well as Assistive Technology Suppliers Australia Ltd (ATSA), to ensure we are achieving the best outcomes for our customers and the wider community.
What is Assistive Technology?
The World Health Organisation describes Assistive Technology as that which “enables people to live healthy, productive, independent, and dignified lives, and to participate in education, the labour market and civic life.” The NDIA describe Assistive Technology in similar terms: Assistive Technology “provides the support a person with a disability might use to reach their potential at home, in the community and the workplace”. We supply a variety of products that fall within the Assistive Technology supports category of the NDIS – some items are simple and others a little more complex. This includes bathroom and toilet aids, daily living aids, fall prevention equipment, mobility products, specialised furniture and seating as well as pressure care products and more. Much of this equipment can be used in the home, community or place of work to help an individual to reach their goals.
Assistive Technology Devices or Systems
The NDIA breaks down Assistive Technology devices or systems into the following categories: basic (level 1), standard (level 2), specialised (level 3) and complex (level 4). Safety and Mobility provide assistive equipment that fits into all of these categories. The NDIA provide more information here about the category breakdowns and how the NDIA can assess your needs.
Assistive Technology Assessment
Safety and Mobility can help you get in touch and work directly with organisations that provide Assistive Technology Assessment services. For example, this might be an Occupational Therapist to help assess what low cost Assistive Technology or assistive equipment you may need in your home. In some cases, to purchase basic or standard Assistive Technology you do not need to be assessed by an Assistive Technology Assessor. For specialised or complex Assistive Technology, you will need assistance from an appropriate Assistive Technology Assessor to help you get the right product. Before purchasing Assistive Technology for yourself, we recommend confirming your individual requirements with the NDIA, your Plan Manager or Local Area Coordinator/Planner.
Who can access the NDIS?
To become an NDIS participant a person must:
- Have a permanent disability that significantly affects their ability to take part in everyday activities;
- Be aged less than 65 when they first enter the NDIS;
- Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa; and
- Live in Australia where the NDIS is available (the NDIS is being introduced gradually around Australia from 1 July 2016)
Making things easier
We understand that the NDIS process can be overwhelming, especially if you are new to the scheme. Safety and Mobility are here to help you work through this and get the equipment you need. We work directly with NDIS participants, other providers and carers to try make the process as smooth as possible.
For more information on how Safety and Mobility can be of help to you under the NDIS, please call us 02 9983 9520.