NDIS Access Requirements

The NDIA has released some much anticipated information about eligibility for support under the NDIS for people with a hearing loss aged from 0-26 years. In this first update to guidelines relating specifically to deafness and hearing loss under the new requirements for early intervention, the NDIA stated:

The NDIA will be satisfied that a person meets the early intervention requirements without further assessment when the person:

  • is aged between birth and 25 years of age; and
  • has confirmed results from a specialist audiological assessment (including electrophysiological testing when required) consistent with auditory neuropathy OR hearing loss ≥ 25 decibels in either ear at 2 or more adjacent frequencies, which is likely to be permanent or long term; and
  • the hearing loss of the person necessitates the use of personal amplification.

The information about eligibility for early intervention services can be found on the NDIS website. View DCA’s statement on the new guidelines here.

How we can help

Through the NDIS, deaf and hard of hearing children, young people and their families have new and expanded opportunities to access more supports and services than ever before, which will be built around your child’s needs and goals.

Deaf Children Australia is a nationally registered NDIS provider and our staff can help you and your child make accessing the NDIS scheme as seamless as possible. We will always place children and young people at the centre of everything we do.

We can assist you to:

  • Identify what services and supports could help your child reach their goals and aspirations and help build a plan for their future
  • Guide you through the NDIS application process
  • Gather relevant documentation to support your application

Remember you can nominate DCA as your service provider. The best time to talk with DCA is before your NDIS planning meeting. Or if your child is already registered, and you want a review of your existing plan.

Available Supports

Deaf Children Australia’s NDIS services include the following supports. DCA is already providing these services to children, young people and their families. If you would like a different kind of support, ask us about how that can be included in your NDIS plan.

Tom and Matthew chatting

Tom, one of our NDIS clients, chats with DCA support worker Matthew at the School Holiday Program Funfields outing

Assistance with daily life in the home, education and work environments and community, for example:

  • support with social activities
  • group community-based activities
  • group recreational and social activities

Improved daily living skills, for example:

  • support with decision making
  • support with budgets
  • travel training
  • adult living skills (cooking, shopping, household management etc.)
  • In home support

Increased social and community participation, for example:

  • Individual skills development
  • Community participation activities
  • Mentoring and peer support
  • Deafness awareness training

Therapy services / health & wellbeing, for example:

  • Psychological Services

Auslan support, for example:

  • Auslan tutoring (client)
  • Auslan tutoring (family)
  • Auslan tutoring (group)
  • Auslan / communication access / communication support
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