Assistive Technology for Less: Funding Opportunities for the Blind and Low Vision Community in Australia

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June 18, 2024
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Assistive technology can significantly enhance the independence and quality of life for individuals who are blind or have low vision. In Australia, there are several funding resources specifically designed to help acquire these essential devices. Here’s a comprehensive guide to the available options:

1. National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Overview: The NDIS is a major source of funding for Australians with disabilities, including those who are blind or have low vision. It provides tailored support to help individuals achieve their goals and participate in the community.

Criteria: Eligibility is based on having a permanent and significant disability. Applicants need to provide evidence from healthcare professionals.

More Information: NDIS - Vision Australia​ (Vision Australia)​.

2. Vision Australia Further Education Bursary

Overview: Vision Australia offers bursaries to students who are blind or have low vision to assist with the purchase of assistive technology and other educational tools.

Criteria: Applicants must be enrolled in a recognised course and demonstrate financial need.

More Information: Vision Australia - Further Education Bursary​ (Vision Australia)​.

3. EnableNSW

Overview: This program provides funding for essential equipment like braillers, video magnifiers, and adaptive technology software for residents of New South Wales with disabilities.

Criteria: The program is means-tested and applicants must pay a $100 co-payment.

More Information: EnableNSW​ (Vision Australia)​.

4. ACT Low Vision Aids Scheme

Overview: This scheme offers financial assistance to residents of the Australian Capital Territory who have a pension or health care card, covering costs up to $100 every two years for magnifiers and other low vision aids.

Criteria: Applicants must reside in ACT and meet specific financial criteria.

More Information: Vision Australia - ACT Low Vision Aids Scheme​ (Vision Australia)​.

5. Telstra Disability Equipment Program

Overview: Telstra provides telecommunications equipment tailored for people with disabilities, including large-button phones and braille TTYs.

Criteria: Available to Telstra customers who can provide proof of disability.

More Information: Telstra Disability Equipment Program​ (Vision Australia)​.

6. Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA)

Overview: The DVA funds various assistive technologies, such as video magnifiers and talking bar code scanners, for eligible veterans who are blind or have low vision.

Criteria: Eligible veterans must be Gold Card holders or eligible White Card holders where the specific condition affects their vision.

More Information: Department of Veterans' Affairs​ (Vision Australia)​.

These funding resources can help alleviate the financial burden associated with acquiring assistive technology, ensuring greater accessibility and independence for individuals who are blind or have low vision across Australia. Explore these options, understand the criteria, and take the necessary steps to apply for the support you need.

For more detailed information and to start your application process, visit the respective program links provided.