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Specialised equipment

There is a wide range of equipment that can reduce or remove the barriers faced by people with disability. Schools often provide specialised equipment for students with disability if it supports their educational program. The equipment remains the property of the school and is kept with a student leaves to ensure that it can be used by other students. Some examples include:

Your child's doctor or specialist can assess their needs and recommend equipment. If the equipment would help your child participate in school, an EQ therapist may assess your child's needs and recommend equipment.

Equipment and resource loans

The Disability Services Support Unit (DSSU), which is part of DET, runs an equipment and resources loans service for schools across the state. School staff can borrow a wide range of equipment through the DSSU Loans Service. Some items are offered only as short-term loans (one month) while others are offered as long as 12 months.

The time taken to access equipment through DSSU Loans Service depends on the availability of the equipment. If the equipment is available and there is no waiting list, the item could be sent to the school within a week of the request being received. In other cases, it can be longer.

The service allows schools to trial equipment before they purchase it. When the loan period ends, the school returns the equipment. School staff may then decide to purchase equipment to support the education programs of students; however, this equipment remains the property of that school.

Getting equipment

There are a number of ways to get equipment for your child.

Schools and Parents & Citizens' Associations (P&Cs) may be able to access various funding sources or assist in preparing grant applications or submissions. Work with your HOSES or principal to explore the best way to obtain equipment to support your child's education.

You might choose to buy some equipment yourself. Some government and non-government agencies offer subsidy schemes, grants and one-off payments to support the purchase of equipment.

One option is Queensland Health's Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme (MASS), which subsidises the provision of certain aids and equipment.

For more information about getting your own equipment:

Specialised equipment at school

Schools often provide specialised equipment for students with disability if it supports their educational program. Schools may provide all sorts of equipment, from mobility aids to communication devices.

When a school provides equipment for a student with disability, the equipment remains the property of the school. The school will generally keep the equipment when that student leaves and ensure that other students are able to make use of the equipment.

The Disability Services Support Unit (DSSU), which is part of DET, runs an equipment and resources loan service for schools across the state. School staff can borrow a wide range of equipment through the DSSU Loans Facility. Some items are offered only as short-term loans (one month), while others are offered as long-term loans (as long as 12 months).

The time taken to access equipment through the DSSU Loans Facility depends on the availability of the equipment. If the equipment is available and there is no waiting list, the item could be sent to the school within a week of the request being received. In other cases, it can be longer.

The service allows schools to trial equipment before they purchase it. When the loan period ends, the school returns the equipment. School staff may then decide to purchase equipment to support the educational programs of students; however, this equipment remains the property of that school.

For more information on specialised equipment and the DSSU Loans Service, talk to staff at your child's school or visit the DSSU Professional Community.

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