NDIS Funding for Bikes
NDIS Funding for Bikes
At Progear Bikes, we’re dedicated to ensuring that everyone gets the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of pedalling, no matter the riding ability or fitness level. For almost 20 years, Progear has provided all Australians with a variety of quality and affordable bicycles and tricycles.
Progear Bikes offers an extensive range of options for people living with disability and mobility issues through the NDIS scheme. Our popular, NDIS approved tricycles are a testament to our dedication, which has helped many disability and rehabilitation customers over the years. Our tricycles and electric bikes have additional stabilisers and pedal assist, to support those with mobility issues. Many of our trikes also have a low standover height making it easier to get on and off the bike as well as large padded saddles for extra comfort while riding. For many NDIS participants, assistive technology is necessary for travelling and completing day to day activities. Those living with a disability can also enjoy the social aspects of riding a bike, including riding with friends and family or being involved in the community.
What is NDIS?
NDIS is a government funded scheme that provides all people living with disability with access to information and services offered in each state and territory. The NDIS scheme includes people with intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive and psychosocial disabilities. To claim assistance under the NDIS scheme, people living with a disability are required to sign up and get approval by the NDIS before receiving funding. Assistive Technology will need to be included in your NDIS plan in order to purchase bicycles and tricycles through the NDIS.
Requesting Funding for ‘Assistive Technology’
- Make a list of your current equipment and assistive technology
- Get quotes for the bicycles or tricycles you are looking to receive through the NDIS scheme
- Find out how much it would cost to maintain and service the bike
- Write down why assistive technology will benefit you and help with day-to-day activities.
- Ask your Occupational Therapist to fill out an Assistive Technology Assessment Form to be submitted with your request for support and quotes.
- Share the above documents with your NDIS planner to ensure the Assistive Technology requested is within the budget of your plan
- Your states TAD or Solve will provide you with a quote and supporting letter when requesting funding for Progear.
Consult: Organise a consultation appointment with your Occupational Therapist who will prescribe custom supports for you or your child. The Occupational Therapist will contact us to organise a quote.
Quote: A quote and supporting letter will be provided by us
Paperwork: Your Occupational Therapist will need to complete the NDIA Assistive Technology Assessment Form – they are encouraged to attend the bike trial otherwise photos/videos can be provided to assist with completing the form
Approval: You or your Local Area Coordinator can send the quote, Assistive Technology Form and support letter to a NDIS Provider for approval
Build & Payment: Once approval is received, we can get started on building your bike. An invoice will be sent 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.
Frequently Used Terms
- Assistive Technology: any device that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities. This could be a special chair, a computer program, a Progear bike, a wheelchair; basically, equipment that assists you to achieve your goals.
- TAD: the federation of disability service providers across Australia.
- Occupational Therapist: a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and wellbeing through occupation.
- NDIS Provider: a service or business who can provide support, services or equipment to help a participant achieve their goals.
- Local Area Coordinator: a person who can help you create and implement your plan for NDIS funding.
- Plan Manager: an NDIS employee who will help manage funding in your NDIS plan