How Early Intervention and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Are Changing Lives

In Australia, people with disabilities are assisted through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It offers financial support so that people can enjoy greater freedom, access to skills, tools, jobs and a higher quality of life whilst spending more time with their loved ones and friends. The NDIS provides information about the types of support offered by each state and territory government. It also connects patients with doctors, therapists, sporting teams, local organisations, libraries, support groups and schools.

The NDIS early intervention approach is about early access to treatment for any kind of disability. It ensures anyone with physical disabilities and or developmental delay / concerns or disabilities, adults and children alike, get early access to support treatment that will be specifically tailor-made to their individual conditions and circumstances.

In particular, disabilities and / or developmental delays are better treated if they can be detected in the early stages of childhood, making early intervention an absolute necessity in paediatric care and therapy.        

How Is Early Intervention Defined with the NDIS?

Both adults and children may benefit from early intervention. You become eligible for NDIS funding under the early intervention requirements if you don’t meet the disability requirements. The early intervention requirements include:

  1. You have an impairment that’s likely to be permanent.
  2. The support will help you to improve your functional capacity and lessen your need for disability support in the future.
  3. The early intervention you need is better funded by NDIS.

These requirements may also vary depending on your situation. 

An impairment is likely to be permanent if your loss is a significant change in at least one of your body’s functions, your body’s structure and cognitive disability.

There are many kinds of impairment, including:

  • Intellectual – speaking, listening, reading / writing disability, or the ability to process or remember information.
  • Cognitive – thinking, learning, decision-making and paying attention
  • Sensory – how you see, hear or sense.
  • Physical – ability to move your parts of the body

NDIS funded early intervention is very important due to many reasons. Children with disabilities need support to live their childhood normally, go to school, play with other children and pursue their education. NDIS early intervention will provide funding for necessary services and equipment to assist in all of these.

Why is NDIS Funded Early Intervention Beneficial?

People with disabilities who receive early intervention services are more likely to achieve their full potential in education and employment, resulting in increased productivity and economic growth, whilst simultaneously helping to reduce the long-term healthcare costs associated with disability support services. 

Some of the reasons and / or ways in which  NDIS early intervention programs help achieve this are as follows:

  • They support people with disabilities.

People with disabilities face various challenges and barriers in their daily lives; from accessing necessary services and equipment, to pursuing their goals and aspirations. NDIS and early intervention schemes provide funding for the support that they need to live their lives to the full including equipment, therapies, community access and other services.

  • They promote independence.

NDIS and early intervention schemes provide people with disabilities with the tools and support they need to live independently, making them less dependent on others and improving their overall quality of life. This can include funding for equipment and support services that help people with disabilities to engage in their communities.

  • They address inequalities.

People with disabilities often face inequalities in access to support, education and employment. NDIS and early intervention schemes aim to address these inequalities and provide them with the support they need to overcome these barriers. 

  • They provide a comprehensive and flexible support system.

NDIS and early intervention schemes provide a comprehensive and flexible support system that is responsive to the changing needs of people with disabilities. This helps to ensure that they receive the support they need at all stages of their lives, from early childhood through to old age.

Furthermore, NDIS and early intervention can help to reduce the long-term costs of supporting people with disabilities. 


Lusio Rehab: Helping Improve Health Outcomes Through Technology

NDIS and early intervention schemes play a crucial role in supporting people with disabilities and improving their quality of life. These programs provide funding for the support and services that people with disabilities need to live an independent life, including equipment, therapies, community access and other services. 

If you’re looking for assistive technology that can be paid using NDIS funding, then consider LusioMATE. This class 1 medical device physical therapy ecosystem app with wearable sensor controllers can be paid via assistive technology or from core  budgets. 

 Funding subcategories:

  • Consumables
  • Capacity Building
  • Personal Mobility
  • Assistive Equipment Recreation.

For more details about LusioMATE, contact us today.

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