What is the NDIS?

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The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) provides support to eligible Australians who have a permanent and significant disability.

The scheme is designed to help those with a disability identify the support they need and give them the power to choose where and how they receive it. The NDIS is administered by the NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency).

There is a wide range of support available for those with low vision or who are blind through the NDIS.

For more information you can visit the official NDIS website.

Who is eligible?

In order to access the NDIS a person must:

  • Be aged between 7 and 65;
  • Live in Australia and have Australian residency or hold a permanent Visa or Protected Special Category Visa;
  • Live in a region where the NDIS is available; and
  • Require support for a permanent and significant disability that impacts their independence and everyday life.

Through this link you can assess your eligibility and contact the NDIA with any questions you may have: NDIS Eligibility

If you are over the age of 65 you may be eligible to receive government-funded support through My Aged Care

Low Vision and Blindness on the NDIS

The NDIS can offer a wide range of assistance to those who have a vision impairment and are eligible to receive support. This assistance is designed to help those with low vision and blindness navigate their everyday lives and develop independence alongside their skills for daily living. The structure of the NDIS allows each client to take control of their funding and access the services that they need to reach their goals. The Queensland Blind Association Inc. can help you or your clients reach these NDIS goals through the supply of adaptive equipment.

Support available through the NDIS extends beyond low vision and talking equipment. It can assist with training and therapy, household tasks, home modifications and more. The NDIS website is the perfect place to start if you want to learn more about NDIS planning and goal setting.

The Queensland Blind Association and your NDIS Success

Our association is a registered Low Vision and Talking Equipment provider for the NDIS. Our aim is to assist blind Australians in accessing the support they need to live happy and independent lives and we hope to continue this by assisting you with your NDIS goals.

Our NDIS Provider Number: 40500 13132

We can assist you in reaching the goals of your NDIS plan by providing you with the appropriate equipment to do so. Our wide range of products are available to purchase online, over the phone or in store.

We are always researching new products and the latest advancements in low vision and talking equipment so that we can offer you the highest quality equipment and support. Our products are designed to assist with daily tasks and increase independence for those who are vision impaired or blind.

Vision Assistance

We sell a wide range of products that have been specifically designed to assist with low vision and blindness. These products include:

  • handheld, standing, LED and pocket magnifiers,
  • fit-over sunglasses,
  • large print books and telephones,
  • braille and talking products,
  • labelling devices, and
  • VIP “Vision Impaired Person” and “I am Blind” badges.

Mobility

We have a selection of White Canes available to those who are legally blind and have received the appropriate White Cane Training.

We sell Long Cane, Identification Canes, Support Canes and Cane Accessories. Please contact our office on (07) 3848 8888 for more information if you wish to purchase a White Cane.

Daily Living

All of our products have been selected as they can assist with daily living tasks and help a blind or vision impaired person with the equipment they need to participate in their communities. These products include:

  • low vision and talking kitchen items that can assist in measuring, cutting, storage and temperature monitoring,
  • identification and labelling equipment,
  • large print, braille and talking clocks and timers, and
  • handheld, standing, LED and pocket magnifiers.

Personal Care and Safety

Products that we have available that assist personal care and safety include:

  • talking keychains, clocks and watches,
  • liquid level sensors, specialised oven mitts, boil-over protectors and other kitchen items designed to make cooking safer,
  • braille pill boxes,
  • eye drop guides, and
  • magnifying Medi-Grips.

Braille and Tactile Bus Number binders are also a great way to assist you in safely navigating public transport.

Communication

Accessible communication equipment is vital in assisting blind and vision impaired people with leading independent lives and staying connected to their communities. We sell a range of:

  • large button, easy-to-use telephones,
  • specialised writing equipment such as large note pads, envelope and writing guides, and
  • braille products.

Education

Products that can be used for education and entertainment:

  • computer and tablet accessories,
  • Braille writing frames and learning devices,
  • writing equipment, and
  • magnification items that have been specifically design for fine print reading.

We also carry a range of fun large print puzzle books, braille, tactile and large print games.

Please get in touch if you would like to know more about how we can help you with your NDIS goals