My child has just been diagnosed with a hearing loss, how can the NDIS help?
Your child's early years are very important as they set up how they'll learn and develop later in life. Support provided early will help you and give your child the best chance of achieving their potential.
The NDIA has worked with a range of leading Australian early childhood intervention practitioners and researchers to design the NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach to help our participants aged 0-6.
This approach has been designed to identify the type and level of early intervention support your child needs to achieve their best outcomes. Early intervention in the early years is critical to achieving the best outcomes for your child.
Is my child eligible for the NDIS?
Your child will be eligible for ECEI with the NDIS if:
- they are aged 0-6 years of age;
- they are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa;
- they have confirmed audiological results consistent with auditory neuropathy or hearing loss greater than or equal to 25 decibels in either ear at 2 or more adjacent frequencies, which is likely to be permanent or long term; and
- the hearing loss of the person requires the use of personal amplification.
How do I access the NDIS?
Your audiologist will refer you to Hearing Australia (formerly Australian Hearing) when your child is diagnosed with a hearing loss. Hearing Australia can help you apply to access the NDIS at your first appointment. You can also do this at another time that suits you by calling 1800 800 110 or visiting a local NDIS ECEI partner office. The choice is yours. Applying during your first appointment with Hearing Australia will ensure you receive NDIS funding faster and will help your child receive their early intervention supports sooner.
What happens next?
With your permission, Hearing Australia will forward evidence of your child's hearing loss to the NDIA and you will then receive written confirmation of your child's NDIS access within a few days.
Once your child has access they become a NDIS participant, and a specialist NDIS planner will contact you within two weeks to support you to develop your child's first NDIS plan. This plan will include a reasonable and necessary level of funding for early intervention supports you are assessed as needing. Once approved, you can use this funding straight away with the early intervention providers you choose.
At your first appointment, Hearing Australia will also tell you about the NDIS ECEI Partner in your local area. Your ECEI Partner will be your ongoing NDIS point of contact once you have a NDIS plan. If you have questions about your NDIS plan or other queries you can speak with them. Your ECEI Partner will contact you within four weeks of your plan being approved to see how things are going.