To purchase equipment through the NDIS, you will need to make sure Assistive Technology (equipment) is included in your NDIS plan.
When you speak to your NDIS Planner, you need to tell them what equipment you need, as well as how the equipment will help you to participate in your community.
Call us on 1300 663 243 to discuss your options.
A Freedom Wheels bike will be considered by the NDIS as Recreation Supports. The NDIS has set out a number of 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.
If your goal is for you or your child to “ride a bike”, the NDIS may not fund this because it does not relate to increased participation in the community or in social activities. Your goals need to include the activities your child will be able to access if they have a bike, for instance, riding with friends and family in the park, or participating in school or community sports events.
An example of a goal might be: The goal for my child is to develop greater social networks and have greater inclusion in the community, through participating in activities such as cycling with friends and family. To achieve this goal my child needs a Freedom Wheels bike.
The NDIS expect people to make a contribution towards the cost in line with what they would typically pay towards a standard bike. This cost will appear on your quote.
Have a trial with our Occupational Therapist who will prescribe custom supports for you/your child.
Freedom Solutions will provide a quote and supporting letter.
Your therapist will need to complete the NDIA Assistive Technology Assessment Form – they are encouraged to attend the bike trial, otherwise our therapist will provide photos/videos and additional information to assist them in completing this form.
You or your Local Area Coordinator can send the quote, Assistive Technology Form and Freedom Solutions support letter to the NDIA for approval.
Once approval is received, Freedom Solutions will build your new bike and send an invoice to either the NDIA direct or your plan manager for payment. If you are self-managed, you can pay and claim back from the NDIA.
Freedom Wheels is a Freedom Solutions service. Freedom Solutions has a dedicated group of staff and skilled volunteers who design and build customised equipment technology and equipment solutions for those living with a disability.