Empowering Children with Additional Needs: The Impact of NDIS Funding on Access to Coding Education

March 26, 2024
Blog posted March 26, 2024 by Megan Ward
Post last modified April 17, 2024

In today's digital age, proficiency in coding is increasingly becoming a vital skill for success in various vocations. However, for children with additional needs, accessing coding education can often pose significant challenges. Fortunately for us here in Australia, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding plays a crucial role in bridging this gap, providing these children and young people with the necessary resources and support to unlock their potential in the world of coding.

Understanding Those With Additional Needs

Children with additional needs encompass a diverse group, including those with physical disabilities, cognitive impairments, learning difficulties, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADHD and so many more. Each child's supports and requirements vary, but parents / caregivers and children alike share a common desire for opportunities to learn, grow, and participate in activities that enhance their skills and independence.

Key Takeaways

  • Coding Education for Children with Additional Needs

    Coding education presents a powerful avenue for children with additional needs to develop problem-solving, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration skills. It offers a unique and accessible learning opportunity that can boost independence and confidence.
  • Challenges and Barriers

    Despite the benefits, children with additional needs often encounter barriers to accessing coding education, including limited resources, accessibility issues in traditional learning environments, and a lack of awareness among parents and caregivers about the potential benefits.
  • Role of NDIS Funding

    The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plays a crucial role in supporting children with disabilities to access coding education. NDIS funding can cover the costs of assistive technology, provide individualized support, and enhance accessibility in learning environments, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to benefit from coding education and pursue future educational and employment opportunities.

The Power of Coding Education

Coding education offers a unique opportunity for children with additional needs to develop a range of valuable skills with guidance and support. It provides a valuable learning opportunities that knows no boundaries with accessibility and leans into the skills of the individual.


Coding involves breaking down complex problems into smaller, manageable tasks—an essential skill for overcoming challenges in various aspects of life.


Through coding, children can express their creativity by designing games, animations, and applications, fostering a sense of accomplishment and pride in their creations.

Critical Thinking:

Coding encourages logical reasoning and analytical thinking, skills that are fundamental in both academic and real-world settings.


Many coding activities involve teamwork and collaboration, promoting social interaction and communication skills among children with additional needs.
Challenges in Accessing Coding Education

Despite the numerous benefits of coding education, children with additional needs often face barriers to participation, including:

Limited Resources:

Specialised resources and assistive technologies tailored to their specific needs may not be readily available in mainstream coding programs or in mainstream school.

Accessibility Issues:

Traditional learning environments may not be equipped with facilities and accommodations necessary to support children with disabilities and additional needs to learn at their best.

Lack of Awareness:

Parents and caregivers may be unaware of the potential benefits of coding education for their children with additional needs, leading to a lack of advocacy and support in these areas. This is where NDIS funding and supports are invaluable to our children and young people. 

The Role of NDIS Funding

The NDIS is a lifeline for many individuals with disabilities, providing funding for supports and services that enable them to pursue their goals and aspirations. When it comes to coding education, NDIS funding can make a significant difference through:

Providing Assistive Technology:

NDIS funding can cover the costs of specialised equipment, such as adaptive keyboards, screen readers, and assistive software, making coding accessible to children with diverse needs.
Funding Individualised Support: Children with additional needs may require one-on-one support from educators or therapists to fully engage in coding activities. NDIS funding can allocate resources for such personalised support.

Supporting Accessible Learning Environments:

NDIS funding can be used to make coding programs and learning environments more inclusive by ensuring physical accessibility and providing accommodations such as sign language interpreters or alternative communication methods.

Real-Life Impact:

The impact of NDIS-funded coding education extends far beyond learning to code. By equipping children with additional needs with the skills and confidence to navigate the digital landscape, it opens doors to future educational and employment opportunities. Moreover, it fosters a sense of belonging and empowerment, reinforcing the notion that every child, regardless of their abilities, has the potential to thrive and succeed in the area of their choice.

Coding and Information Communication Technologies education holds immense promise for children with additional needs, offering a pathway to skill development, creativity, and inclusion. Through NDIS funding, we can ensure that these opportunities are accessible to all, empowering children to unleash their potential and shape a brighter future in the digital age. By investing in their education today, we are investing in a more inclusive and equitable tomorrow.

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Megan Ward has over 16 years experience in working directly with children and young people experiencing challenging behaviour. having worked exclusively with families, Australian agencies and with support networks to provide advice around emotional disturbances, guidance and leadership, her the main goal is the positive behaviour alteration, family happiness and harmony. Megan's qualifications include a Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education and Fine Arts and a Masters in Special Education with a Major in Emotional and Behaviour Disturbances. Megan is the owner of a iCode School, specialising in NDIS tutoring, and support for children with learning disabilities.

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