Assistive technology needs to help you pursue your goals.
When we’re making decisions about funding assistive technology we’ll look at the disability specific barriers that prevent you from pursuing your goals. We’ll also look at how the assistive technology will address your disability support needs.
There are some things to remember:
- Setting more and bigger goals doesn’t mean we’ll fund more and bigger funded supports.
- Setting a goal about an explicit type or amount of support you might want doesn’t mean we have an obligation to fund that support or in that amount.
For example, you might have a goal to move around your house independently. We will look at all the ways you might be able to pursue that goal. Funding a wheelchair could be one way.
We also need to know that the assistive technology:
- is the right item for your needs
- is safe for you to use and meets Australia’s safety standards, where this is possible
- will work well to help you do all of the things you need it to do
- will work in all the places that you need to use it.
During the planning process, we may ask you about times you’ve used assistive technology before.
We may also ask you to get an assessment from an assistive technology assessor.
Li would like a bed pole to help her get out of bed easier.
Although it only costs $35, she needs an assessment to check it’s safe for her. If used incorrectly, bed poles can cause injury (or death). They’re considered higher risk assistive technology. Her occupational therapist says the bed pole she wanted to buy might be dangerous for her.
The occupational therapist recommends another one that is much safer for her.
Li’s planner knows that bed poles can be risky. They take the occupational therapist’s recommendation into account and approve the funding for the less risky bed pole. It meets all the criteria for what we can fund.