What is Assistive Technology for the NDIS Participant?

Assistive Technology defined

Assistive technology includes devices, tools or systems that help people with disabilities do tasks and improve their abilities. There are many different types of assistive technology ranging from simple, low tech items like modified kitchen utensils and handrails, to high tech items such as smart home devices, powered wheelchairs and electric, adjustable beds. Regardless of the type, the objective is the same, making life more manageable for the NDIS participant.

For the official definition of assistive technology according to the Australian Government, refer to the NDIS website at this page Assistive Technology Guideline.

What is the purpose of assistive technology for the NDIS participant?

For participants under the NDIS, the purpose of assistive technology is to simplify everyday tasks at home, in the community, and at the workplace. While these tasks are often taken for granted by those without disabilities, they can present significant challenges for NDIS participants. Assistive technology helps removes these barriers, fostering independence and boosting the confidence of NDIS participants to live their lives.

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The different types of assistive technology helping the NDIS participant

Assistive technology encompasses a broad range of devices and tools designed to help individuals with disabilities perform tasks that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. Here are some of the different types of assistive technology:

Mobility Aids

  • Wheelchairs: Manual and powered wheelchairs to aid movement.
  • Scooters: Electric scooters for individuals with limited walking abilities.
  • Walkers: Devices to provide support and stability while walking.
  • Canes and Crutches: Simple aids to assist with walking and balance.

 

Communication Devices

  • Speech-Generating Devices (SGDs): Tools that produce speech for individuals with speech impairments.
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Devices: Communication boards, tablets with specialised apps, and other tools to assist those who cannot communicate verbally.
  • Hearing Aids: Devices to amplify sound for individuals with hearing impairments.
  • Voice Amplifiers: Tools to enhance the volume of speech for those with weak voices.

 

Visual Aids

  • Screen Readers: Software that reads text on a screen aloud for individuals with visual impairments.
  • Braille Displays: Devices that convert text on a screen to Braille.
  • Magnifiers: Optical and electronic devices to enlarge text and images.
  • Text-to-Speech (TTS) Software: Programs that convert written text into spoken words.

 

Cognitive Aids

  • Memory Aids: Tools like digital recorders, reminder apps, and alarms to help with memory.
  • Organisational Tools: Software and devices to assist with planning, scheduling, and task management.
  • Educational Software: Programs designed to support learning for individuals with cognitive impairments.

 

Hearing Aids

  • Personal Amplification Devices: Portable devices that enhance sound for better hearing.
  • Cochlear Implants: Surgically implanted devices that provide a sense of sound to individuals who are profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing.

 

Environmental Control Systems

  • Smart Home Systems: Devices that allow individuals to control lights, thermostats, and other home appliances using voice commands or remote controls.
  • Adapted Telephones: Phones with large buttons, voice dialling, and other features for individuals with physical or visual impairments.
  • Switches: Devices that enable individuals with limited mobility to control their environment, such as turning on lights or operating a computer.

 

Personal Care Aids

  • Adaptive Utensils: Specially designed forks, spoons, and knives for easier use by individuals with limited hand dexterity.
  • Dressing Aids: Tools to assist with putting on clothes, such as button hooks and zipper pulls.
  • Shower Chairs and Handrails: Equipment to enhance safety and independence in the bathroom.

 

Home Modifications

  • Ramps and Lifts: Structures to provide access to different levels of a home for wheelchair users.
  • Adapted Furniture: Furniture designed for easier use by individuals with physical disabilities, such as an electric, adjustable bed. 
  • Accessible Bathrooms: Modifications like walk-in tubs, roll-in showers, and height-adjustable sinks.

 

Transportation Aids

  • Adapted Vehicles: Cars and vans modified to be driven by individuals with disabilities or to transport them comfortably.
  • Wheelchair Lifts and Ramps: Devices to facilitate entry and exit from vehicles.

 

Recreational Aids

  • Adapted Sports Equipment: Equipment designed to enable participation in sports and recreational activities, such as hand cycles and adapted skis.
  • Accessible Toys and Games: Toys designed to be accessible for children with disabilities.

 

The Smarter Homes Australia approach to Assistive Technology

Our overall mission is to use technology to make lives easier but we get immense job satisfaction from fostering connections, breaking down barriers, and building a world that’s accessible and inclusive for all. We’re dedicated to creating not just smarter homes but a smarter, more inclusive society. Every product in our range and service we provide is classified as assistive technology, designed to simplify the management of everyday tasks. We’ve been fortunate to assist many NDIS participants achieve exactly this goal, and lead a more independent, fulfilling life with the support of technology. 

Like to learn more about the best assistive technology solutions for your home, take advantage of our free quote offer. We’ll visit your home, evaluate the situation, and provide you with personalised plan for your consideration. Please contact us and schedule your free quote or installation today.

Now let’s examine each service we offer individually and consider how they can improve the lives of NDIS participants.

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Digital Door Lock:

A digital door lock can greatly improve the independence of individuals with disabilities by allowing them to lock and unlock their home without needing a traditional key. These locks can be controlled through a keypad, fingerprint, smartphone or smart watch, making it easier to manage home security. It is technology’s answer to overcoming mobility or dexterity challenges, making home entry as simple as typing a code or using a fingerprint. And forget about the worry of key loss or the security risks associated with hiding a spare key in the garden. Digital door locks provide a simple and secure way for individuals with disabilities to have more control over their home, helping them live more independently.

Video Camera Doorbell:

A video camera doorbell is transformative for not only the NDIS participant but also their carer or family members. This assistive technology allows users, and those granted access, to remotely monitor activity at the door and conduct a two way communication with the visitor through a smartphone or tablet. By reducing the need for physical movement to the door, a smart video doorbell provides increased security, convenience, and autonomy, empowering individuals with disabilities to manage their home environment more effectively and confidently.

Smart Lighting:

With the installation of smart lighting the home of an NDIS participant is instantly transformed into a safer, easily managed, cost effective haven. Automated lighting can be programmed to activate based on time or motion, ensuring well-lit paths and reducing the risk of falls. Voice control through assistants like Amazon Alexa, Google Home or Apple Homekit allows for easy adjustment of lighting without physical effort. These features of smart lighting provide practical solutions that enable individuals with disabilities to manage their home environment more independently and safely.

Air Conditioning Installation and Upgrade:

Air conditioning assistive technology allows users to adjust the temperature, fan speed, and hot/cold mode through app operation, eliminating the need to physically interact with the unit. Programming the air conditioner to automatically operate at set times of the day or night or when a specified ambient temperature is reached is not only convenient but also delivers cost efficiency. Install a smart home assistant and now control and management is even easier, through voice commands. Tailored to your needs, these systems are perfect for anyone sensitive to temperature variations or mobility issues, ensuring your environment is always comfortable.

Smart Home Assistant:

A smart home assistant like Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple Homekit are truly transformative to the NDIS participant. Offering a range of features that enhance independence and convenience, they make everyday tasks extremely manageable. With voice-activated commands, users can control various smart home devices, such as smart lights, air conditioning units, garage and gate openers and digital door locks, without the need for physical interaction. This hands-free operation is valuable for anyone with a disability, whether that be mobility, visual, hearing or cognitive. By providing a more accessible and manageable home environment, smart home assistants significantly improve the independence and thereby quality of life for the NDIS participant.

Wi-Fi Garage and Electric Gate Upgrades:

Upgrading to a Wi-Fi garage or gate is one of the easiest ways to simplify life at home. With the ability to control the garage door or front gate remotely via a smartphone or smart watch app, the NDIS participant can effortlessly open and close the door or gate and check the status without physically getting up. This is particularly advantageous for those with mobility issues or limited hand dexterity. Elevate the convenience by integrating these assistive technology devices with a smart home assistant, and activation occurs through a simple voice command, an extremely helpful feature to the visually impaired. 

These smart devices also provide an extra layer of home security, notifying the user if the garage or gate has been left open. Grant remote access to the family or carer, and now everyone can experience peace of mind.

CCTV and Wireless Home Security Camera System:

Home security camera system installation is our most popular service in Brisbane, particularly in NDIS participant homes. They bring an immediate sense of security to the resident and their caregivers. With our advanced security solutions, featuring state-of-the-art CCTV, illuminating floodlight cameras, and versatile wireless security cameras, the power to monitor your domain is in our hands anywhere and at any time, without moving an inch. 

In addition, the presence of security cameras can act as a deterrent to potential intruders, reducing the risk of break-ins. For those with disabilities, who may already feel vulnerable, the added layer of security and the ability to maintain greater control over their environment significantly enhances their sense of independence and well-being.

The transformative impact of assistive technology for the NDIS participant

Integrating these assistive technologies into home life goes beyond convenience; it redefines independence, safety and comfort. By eliminating the barriers that individuals with disabilities often face in everyday tasks, lives are transformed. At Smarter Homes Australia, we specialise in home automation solutions tailored to meet the unique needs of NDIS participants. Our goal is to help individuals with disabilities lead more manageable lives at home, and we are proud to have achieved this in many NDIS participants’ homes across Brisbane and SE Qld.

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Assistive Technology for NDIS Participants FAQs

  • Which NDIS participants have you worked with previously?

Our team has worked extensively with a vast range of participants over the years we’ve been in business. We’re confident that our service offering is able to support all of our NDIS clients making their lives safer and more comfortable and convenient. 

Refer to our specific guide to NDIS participants for more information.

  • How do I know what Assistive Technology is funded through NDIS?

As a starting point, check out the NDIS website information provided at this address – What assistive technology do we fund? Or ask your Plan Manager, Support Worker or Occupational Therapist who should have the experience to answer your specific questions. At Smarter Homes Australia we currently support all NDIS participants that are plan and self managed with their funding, however we cannot provide the approval that is required from your support team.

  • What are the next steps and how do I arrange a quote?

After taking a look at the services we offer, simply fill out the contact form on our website and let us know what you’re interested in. From there our team can provide you with an in-person or online quote to discuss further with your support team.

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