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).
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.
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.
Examples of assistive technology include:
1. Communication Technology
Face to face communication assistive products
Communication and information equipment
Text to speech devices
2. Hearing technology
Hearing aids, maintenance, replacement
3. Vision equipment
General vision equipment
4. Mobility products
Hoists and slings
Sit to stand chairs
Personal mobility equipment
5. Wheelchairs and related items
Trailer to carry wheelchair
6. General assistive products
Assistive products for personal care and safety
Assistive equipment for recreation
Assistive equipment for household tasks
7. Rental and repairs of equipment
Environmental control systems