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Assistive Technology Assessments

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As with everything, at MLEA we value innovation, collaboration, transparency and the application of high-level knowledge to everything we do. These drive our other values of integrity and empowerment.

But first, let’s help you understand what Assistive Technology is.

Assistive technology (AT) is an umbrella term utilised by the NDIS covering the systems and services related to the delivery of assistive products and services. Occupational Therapists have been using AT for decades, to help individuals, long before the NDIS.

AT aims to maintain or improve a person’s functioning and independence, therefore promoting their well-being (World Health Organisation, 2018).

OT’s are more proficient than any other allied health profession to prescribe AT to assist individuals to the following:

  • Do something more easily or safely; and
  • Do something they otherwise cannot do due to their disability

It is important to know that under the NDIS Guidelines, not all AT recommendations require an assessment and/or formal AT application. This is dependent on:

  • The cost of the AT support
  • The risks associated with the AT support
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So,How do We Help you?

Step 1: Assessing your Limitations

First, we must assess your limitations, and abilities. Our Registered Occupational Therapists are carefully selected for their skills, qualifications and experience to conduct high quality assessments of your capabilities and limitations, whether they are physical, cognitive, psychological, sensory, emotional or intellectual. Together we will develop your most important functional goals.

Step 2: Assessing your Environment (your residence and community)

With your functional goals in mind, your assigned Occupational Therapist will take into account the specific features of your home related to the task(s) you are finding difficult to perform. This is important to ensure they match your equipment perfectly with your unique needs, preferences and lifestyle.

Step 3: Finding the Best Solution with Assistive Technology

Now they have a clear picture of your abilities, limitations and environment, your Occupational Therapist will set to work on finding the best equipment for you to enable you to perform the task independently or solve your specific limiting problem.

We work alongside the NDIS Operational Guidelines to ensure all NDIS supports meet the  NDIS Reasonable and Necessary criteria.

Step 4: Equipment Trial

Your trained Occupational Therapist will not only ensure the proper prescription of your equipment to meet you goals. To maximise your benefits and value, they will also undertake appropriate user trails of your assistive technology options. They will make sure the final choice adds value to your functional abilities and lifestyle.

Step 5: Obtaining Approval for Funding

Your equipment must be approved by the NDIS and must align with your Plan goals. You may require additional supports needed to achieve them. Your Occupational Therapist will handle all of this for you.

Step 6: Ordering and Delivery

Once approved by NDIS, we proceed to ordering stage. The duration for delivery will depend on the supplier’s stock and delivery times. However, our in-house NDIS Client Support team will monitor delivery and liaise as needed with the supplier to optimize delivery outcomes.

Step 7: User Training

To maximise your benefits and value, your Occupational Therapist will complete one-on-one training with you to make sure you understand how you can best use your equipment on a day-to-day basis, and in a safe manner. They will also check correct fitting, functionality and use so you are set up for safety and success.

To get you on your way to a more functional you, all you have to do is get in touch, and we will contact you.

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