The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a scheme that funds necessary support and care for children and adults living with a disability or permanent cognitive impairment. Receiving NDIS funding supports people to live their life based on their individual needs, goals and aspirations.
The NDIS is run by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and also supports funding for early childhood international therapies, wheelchairs, and communication devices. The NDIS program funds support and care services to help children and adults living with a disability to live their life to the fullest and achieve their goals.
There are three different types of support budgets that may be funded to an individual on an NDIS plan:
1. Core Supports Budget: Everyday consumables or aids, low-cost equipment such as walking sticks, household cleaning and yard maintenance, and assistance with social and community participation (including transportation).
2. Capacity Building Budget: Services which aim to help participants reach their individual goals such as employment, health and fitness, education, living arrangements, and relationships.
3. Capital Support Budget: Fund assistive technologies such as wheelchairs or vehicle and home modification to enable mobility including handrail or ramp installations.
What disabilities does the NDIS program cover?
NDIS covers and provides support for multiple disabilities, such as:
- Intellectual disability
- Cerebral palsy
- Genetic conditions
- Spinal cord injury or brain injury
- Permanent blindness
- Permanent bilateral hearing loss
- Amputation or congenital absence of limbs