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As the NDIS is rolled out across Queensland, people with disability will receive their disability supports, including aids, equipment and assistive technologies from the NDIS.

Under the NDIS, this is collectively called 'assistive technology'. NDIS participants can choose to source their assistive technology from suitable suppliers they know, including from government schemes.

Don't forget when discussing your NDIS plan to include repairs and maintenance for any aids and equipment you use.

More information on the NDIS and assistive technology is available on the NDIS website.

Queensland subsidies
Queensland has a number of schemes that help people with disability participate in their communities and daily life by providing subsidies for a range of aids, medical aids, equipment, assistive technologies and vehicle modifications, and these subsidies are still available in areas which have not yet transitioned to the NDIS.

Aids and equipment for community access (CAEATI)
CAEATI subsidy funding is provided for communication support, community mobility, active participation and postural support. More information about the scheme and how to apply is on the Queensland Government website.

Applications for CAEATI assistance need to be submitted three months prior to when the NDIS starts rolling out in your area. You can check the scheduled rollout dates by your suburb or postcode online.

Vehicle Options Subsidy Scheme (VOSS)
VOSS offers subsidies to assist people with disability to buy and modify private vehicles. More information about the scheme and how to apply is on the Queensland Government website.

Applications for VOSS assistance will need to be submitted three months prior to when the NDIS starts rolling out in your area. You can check the scheduled rollout dates by your suburb or postcode online.

Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme (MASS)
MASS provides funding for medical aids and equipment to help people live at home and avoid early or inappropriate residential care or hospitalisation. Aids and equipment are funded on a permanent loan basis, through private ownership or the purchase of consumables. More information about the scheme and how to apply is on the Queensland Government website.

MASS support will also continue to be available for those people who are not eligible for the NDIS.

The MASS Assistive Technology Queensland Conference and Exhibition is on in Brisbane from 9 to 10 November 2017.

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