Small Equipment Grants are donations to people in the local community in critical need for mobility related equipment including assistive technology.
In Queensland funding for assistive technology and mobility equipment is supplied through serval government initiatives. This funding is intended to be subsidy funding so recipients are often required to also fund some portion of the equipment they need. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will also soon take over the state’s responsibility of funding the assessment and supply of assistive technology at a national level throughout all of Queensland. The NDIS funds an extensive range of assistive technology and consumables products.
One things is evident however is that the scheme is not very responsive to clients changing needs. Funds to equipment suppliers can only be paid once the item has been assessed and put into a person’s plan, and a change of situation means waiting on a potentially lengthy review process. A piece of equipment may also still need to be modified to fit a person’s particular needs or disability so an expensive modification may be required., and some people including the frail aged will not be eligible for NDIS funding.
It is common to find people who are disadvantaged and on a support pension are unable to afford the gap payment costs of assistive equipment. For these reasons ILSA will continue to run its small equipment grants in Queensland as long as we have enough operational savings and donations to fund the program.
At regular intervals two members of the ILSA management committee (with disability / aged related needs themselves) meets with the CEO to discuss potential small equipment grant requests which have been submitted by a registered Occupational Therapist. The critical criteria the committee will discuss is:
If you would like more information about the small equipment grant program please contact our office via email and a Client Manager will be in touch.