Financial support for disability equipment
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There are thousands of different pieces of equipment or assistive technology out there that can help people live more independent lives.
You may be eligible for funding towards the cost of some pieces of equipment, or have it loaned to you on a long-term basis.
If your disability is related to an injury
ACC may provide equipment for people with injury-related disabilities or rehabilitation needs.
Visit ACC’s website to find out:
- If you're eligible for ACC funded equipment.
- What equipment ACC may be able to provide.
- How you can arrange an assessment with an ACC equipment assessor.
If your disability is not due to an injury
The Ministry of Health provides equipment for people who have a physical, intellectual, sensory (vision or hearing) and/or age-related disability.
To find out if you're eligible for government funded equipment, you'll need to have an assessment with a specialist equipment assessor.
Assessors can be:
- Occupational Therapists
- Speech-language therapists
- Hearing and vision professionals.
There is a limit to what the MOH can offer so it is important to read about what you could be entitled to and other options that are available to you.
How do I get an assessment?
To get an assessment organised, contact Enable New Zealand who will put you in touch with an assessor in your area.
Self funding options
If you can't get funding for equipment you need, we have ideas about what else you can do.