Funding your Freedom Wheels bike through the NDIS
National Disability Insurance Scheme
The NDIS is a new way of delivering support to people with disabilities. It provides more choice and control to people accessing services. The NDIS is continuing to roll out throughout Australia. Go to https://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/our-sites, to find out when the NDIS will be available in your area.
A Freedom Wheels bike will be itemised by the NDIS as Assistive Equipment for Recreation. The NDIS Operational Guideline that covers recreation supports can be found here: https://www.ndis.gov.au/Operational-Guideline/including-10.html
Freedom Wheels and the NDIS
The NDIS has guidelines that are important to consider when accessing funding for recreational equipment:
In relation to recreational support, it is important that the support relates to one or more participatory goals. For example, developing greater social networks or greater inclusion in the community.
What does this mean?
When applying to the NDIS it is important to clearly state all the benefits of the Freedom Wheels bike. If you simply say that you want your child to “ride a bike” the NDIS may not provide funding because you haven’t indicated how the bike will help you to achieve your participatory goals. An example of such a goal might be:
The goal is for my child to develop greater social networks and have greater inclusion in the community by participating in activities such as cycling with friends and family, or at school. To achieve this goal my child needs a Freedom Wheels bike.
Tips for accessing equipment through the NDIS:
- Make a list of your current equipment and assistive technology.
- Make a list of the equipment you need but don’t have.
- Calculate how much it will cost to maintain and service this equipment.
- Explain in writing why your equipment is important to achieve your goals. (For example, “it will help my child to develop greater social networks or greater inclusion in the community”.)
- Talk to your NDIS Planner about your equipment needs and costs. They will help you put together a budget for your “capital supports” (see below).
- Ask your current therapist to write a letter of support to go with your request for funding for equipment.
- TAD will provide you with a quote and supporting letter to attach to your request to the NDIS for funding your Freedom Wheels bike.
“Reasonable and necessary costs”
As a bike is something most families purchase for their children, the NDIS may ask parents to contribute to the cost of a Freedom Wheels bike, i.e. they may pay the full cost over and above the cost of a standard bike ($100-$200).
Call us on 1300 663 243 to discuss your options.
Frequently Used Terms:
- Assistive Technology: any device that allows you to do something you would find difficult or would not be able to do on your own without help. This could be a special chair, a computer program, a Freedom Wheels bike, a wheelchair; basically, equipment that assists you to achieve your goals.
- Capital Supports: a section of your NDIS budget that is set aside for buying equipment, or making modifications to a home or workplace.
- Assistive Equipment for Recreation: this includes equipment to assist you to participate in sports and recreational activities.
- NDIS Participant: the person whose plan you are developing with the NDIS.
- NDIS Provider: a service or business who can provide support, services or equipment to help a participant achieve their goals.
- LAC: Local Area Coordinator, a person who can help you find supports and services to help a participant achieve their goals.
- Planner: an NDIS employee who will help you to set your goals in your NDIS plan.