Individuals living with a visual impairment can take advantage of vision equipment supports funded by the NDIS. These supports are designed to make it easier and more enjoyable for participants to perform day to day activities, so that they can concentrate on developing skills, connecting with their communities, and living as independently as possible.
For participants who are blind or visually impaired, the NDIS funds supports for guide dogs (under the Assistance Animals registration group). But it also funds supports for equipment that helps with navigation, orientation, and note taking, among other things.
The NDIS lists many examples of eligible vision equipment and services. They include:
Alternate format printers that convert information on a computer to a readable format like braille. Some can also convert braille to speech.
Leasing of braille printers, which is assistance with a monthly payment.
Communication equipment, for example devices that allow a person to take down notes in braille. Oftentimes these devices are compact and portable.
Electronic reading technology using video, specifically a device that magnifies an image taken with a video camera.
Image enlargement software that makes pictures or text bigger using a video system.
Mobile phones with voice output functions and larger visual displays.
Print disability software that enables voice output and screen enlargement.
Visual navigation devices that generate sounds, messages, prompts, etc. to assist with navigation and orientation. An example would be a tactile map.
Vision equipment is part of the NDIS’s assistive technology supports, which also include assistive products for hearing, recreation, household tasks, personal care and safety, communications and information, and personal mobility.