Assistive Technology Strategy

Executive summary

Technology is increasingly enabling people with disability to perform tasks they could not otherwise do, to perform tasks more easily, and to perform them more safely and securely. It is allowing many people with disability to reach their potential at home, in their community and in the workplace. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) wants to optimise the opportunities that technological advancement and digital disruption are offering society, putting people with a disability at the forefront of these opportunities.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was founded on a simple goal – to provide all Australians who are born with or acquire a permanent and significant disability before the age of 65 with the necessary supports to live a better life and one of inclusion. Advancements in technology will be crucial as the Agency works towards achieving this goal.

This document represents the NDIA's Assistive Technology (AT) strategy development to this point. As the proposed initiatives in this strategy are developed and the NDIS moves to full roll out in July 2016, the strategy will continue to be refined and updated.

The NDIA's vision in AT is to build an empowering, sustainable and consistent approach to ensuring National Disability Insurance Scheme participants have choice in, and access to, individualised assistive technology solutions that enable and enhance their economic and community participation.

In line with the vision, the document outlines the three strategic priorities for achieving this vision and proposes initiatives to meet each of these strategies:

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