Updated: Oct 28, 2022
Not sure of what the term communication aid entails and how to use the available funds within your NDIS plan to purchase these devices? You’re not alone. Many of our clients are not sure either, so we have compiled this helpful guide for you.
So, what are Communication Aids
These are devices or instruments that may help an individual to communicate more effectively. Terms such as augmentative or alternative communication aids or AAC are used commonly to refer to communication aids.
Types of Communication Aids
These devices or instruments may be as simple as a chart, book or a board with photos, words or alphabets or it can extend to a more sophisticated electronic device that may be used to do more complex functions integrating, assisting and/or making you more independent in your day-to-day life.
NDIS rules and planning for funding of AAC devices
Communication devices or AAC, are proven to be an essential tool or an equipment in building independence for people with disabilities, and can be funded by NDIS as long as it fits the reasonable and necessary criteria.
Usually most simple communication aids that can normally be used to assist the day-to-day activities, fall within level 1 and level 2 category of assistive technology. There is a simple easy read English guidance booklet available from NDIA website which can be obtained from here - https://www.ndis.gov.au/media/298/download
Do I need an Assessment for funds to be allocated within my NDIS Plan?
You do not need an assessment for simple AAC that may fall under level 1 and 2 Assistive technology group. However, you may seek help from an assessor to find what you need and guidance on setting it up and using it properly. These assessors can be an Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Speech Pathologist or Psychologist.
While planning for your NDIS plan meeting, it is essential to think about your assistive technology needs, discuss them with your support coordinator or Local Area Coordinator so that you can share these with your NDIS planner on the meeting day.