The Disability Services Commission provides services for people with intellectual disability and autism aimed at improving the daily functioning of the individual and the efficiency of their home life through equipment provision and home modifications.
The assessment and provision of equipment is carried out by the Equipment Therapy team.
This team provides:
- services to eligible adults who live with their families, by themselves or by themselves with support
- consultancy and support to the Commission’s Early Childhood Development program
- consultancy and support to disability service organisations, WA Health, local councils or others as requested.
For adults living in the community, the team carries out an assessment of the equipment needs and then makes the necessary arrangements for providing or modifying the equipment needs of the individual.
Referrals are made directly to the Team Leader from the Local Area Coordinator, the individual or their family.
Funding for equipment provision will often come from the Community Aids and Equipment Program (CAEP).
When an equipment funding application is made to CAEP, the Equipment Therapy team will make the application on behalf of the individual.
The Equipment Therapy team can also provide a consultation service to organisations, professional staff or others on issues such as home modifications and access issues, complex seating or dysphagia.