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What does it mean to be a NDIS provider and to have adaptive clothing funded under Consumables?

Here in Australia, we have a fantastic way of providing support and services to those who are most in need. A lot of the time, many of these services will be either heavily or completely subsidised. The downside to this great system is that many people miss out on these opportunities simply because they’re not familiar with the terminology. For example, if you were to read the title of this article “What does it mean to be a NDIS provider and to have adaptive clothing funded under Consumables?”, would you straight away know that if you’re a NDIS partner that you’d have access to disability-supportive clothing that is fully-subsidised?

So then, what is a NDIS provider?

A National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider refers to either an individual or a company that delivers a support or product to a participant of the NDIS. A NDIS provider will have met certain requirements related to qualifications, approvals, experience and will have the capacity for the approved supports.

And a NDIS participant?

A NDIS participant an individual that has registered with the NDIS and meets all the necessary requirements. To be recognised as a NDIS participant, the individual will have needed to match certain criteria based on the availability of the Scheme in their area, their residency status, their disability as well as early intervention requirements.

Funded under Consumables – what does that part mean?

The NDIS has three main Support Purpose Categories; Core, Capital & Capacity Building. Within these Support Purpose Categories, there are clusters which make-up each one. The Support Purpose Category that our adaptive clothing falls into is Core, and our particular cluster is known as ‘Consumables’. The Consumables cluster is essentially a support category offered to participants to assist them in purchasing everyday use items; such as clothing and footwear.

Now that you know what a NDIS provider is and are familiar with ‘Consumables’, you now deserve to know that you are entitled to receive items that fall within this cluster at a completely subsidised rate (free!). This is actually the first-time clothing has been fully-funded before.

Free adaptive clothing sounds great, but what is it exactly?

Adaptive clothing is specifically designed clothing made with extra love and care. It is designed to cater for the needs of anyone with a physical disability, who may be frail or even the elderly. Adaptive clothing is aimed to give the wearer a clothing option which is comfortable, easy to put-up/take-off and also looks great. Due to the extra care required to create this type of clothing, it can sometimes be a little expensive. Caring Clothing has now bridged the gap between affordability and availability by providing its eligible customers (NDIS participants) with an option to purchase the clothing at a completely subsidised rate.

To learn more about adaptive clothing, try reading our blog “What is adaptive clothing and how can it be beneficial?

If you’re unsure whether or not you qualify to be a NDIS participant, you can visit the National Disability Insurance Scheme website HERE. To take advantage of this great opportunity, feel free to see our wide range of clothing and footwear options available. You may browse through our online store HERE.

If you have any questions regarding the process of purchasing or the benefits of adaptive clothing, please don’t hesitate in contacting our team today. You may call us on 1300 365 504 or leave an enquiry HERE .


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