NDIS funding being allowed to purchase glasses

NDIS funding being allowed to purchase glasses

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Dean Hill started this petition to National Disability insurance Agency and

My name is Dean, student at Bunbury SHS of Western Australian and I am legally blind suffering from a rare and undiagnosed form of albinism, because of this everyday things such as reading, writing, travelling and sports in things such as school or my own home are difficult. To meet these needs the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was introduced in 2013 by Julia Gillard. This scheme gives funding to disabled individuals with the purpose of letting the receiver have a better life.
 
I am wanting to address that, as a low vision individual I can not use the NDIS funding for the purpose of prescription glasses which due to my of rare condition have to be made with very thick lenses. Each pair costs around $500 or more, and I need between two and four pairs a year and with 2 other brothers having the same needs. This is a great issue for families who have already put lot’s of time and money into supporting a disabled member. Individuals who are hard of hearing can claim hearing aids with NDIS funding, people who have trouble walking can claim wheelchairs with NDIS funding. Even teachers who may not even have a disability can have the cost of glasses reduced because of government funding. The changes for visually impaired people with a disability to claim glasses would align with other claims by the NDIS.
 
As a solution if an individual has low vision to the point of being classified as disabled, should be able to use the capital portion of their funding to buy glasses. However I do recognise the issue with this, it can blur the line of being disabled and people who are maybe not eligible for NDIS may access unnecessary funding for the fact they require glasses. This puts a financial burden on the system. To prevent this, an extensive series of means checks shall be conducted to confirm the applicant isn’t over exaggerating to receive funding before each purchase of glasses. The regulation of these individuals set by pre-existing government standards based around the Disability Discrimination Act. There are over 25,000 other people and families who are impacted by the lack of necessary funding for glasses.
 
This petition will be directed towards The Honourable Stuart Robert and The Standing Committee of The National Disability Insurance agency. Thank you for your time.

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