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Are supports available if studying in school education?

Some participants in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) may be attending school and require additional support as a result of their vision impairment.

What supports are funded by the NDIS?

The NDIS will fund supports that enable participants to attend school, where these supports are required by the participant to engage in a range of activities.

These include:

  • Assistance with self-care at school related to the participant’s disability such as assistance with eating or toileting
  • Specialist transport required because of the student’s disability
  • Specialised or intensive support to transition between schools, or from school to post-school activities

What supports are not funded by the NDIS?

This includes:

  • Employing teachers, learning assistants, facilitating access to educational resources
  • Learning-specific aids and equipment such as computers and text books
  • Making reasonable adjustments to the school curriculum to enable access by students with disability
  • Reasonable adjustments to school buildings, such as installing ramps, and fixed or non-transportable equipment such as hoists
  • Transporting students for school activities such as excursions
  • Day-to-day supervision of students while undertaking school activities including addressing behavioural issues while participating in school.

What happens next?

Participants and their families should discuss their educational goals with the NDIA as part of their planning conversation.

The Participant’s plan will include the supports the NDIS will fund for the Participant and those supports which are the responsibility of the education system.

For more information on the NDIS and School Education see the NDIS factsheet: Supports the NDIS will fund in relation to education (DOCX, 221.81KB)