What if you can't?
Sometimes the questions Top Drawer Essentials gets are worthy of sharing, anonymously of course.
Paraphrasing, we recently received a query as to whether 'adult products' from Top Drawer Essentials are covered by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It's a great question and the short answer is no, the NDIS doesn't, currently, extend to covering any of a number of products and services related to sexuality.
It's no coincidence that this question comes at a time when the topic has received more than a little media attention:
- Joint Position Statement: A call for a rights-based framework for sexuality in the NDIS
- 'A human need': Disability groups say people on NDIS should have access to sex workers
- Disability advocates call for NDIS to cover range of 'sexual services'
- 'We are sexual beings': why disability advocates want the NDIS to cover sexual services
- Finally, the NDIS will fund sex therapy. But it should cover sex workers too
- NDIS to appeal after woman wins right to funding for sexual therapy
My interest in this matter, as seems to be shared by many, is based on an understanding that humans are sexual beings, and importantly, that sexuality doesn't magically disappear just because someone qualifies for the NDIS. Beit a psychological or physical disability, the reality is that the desire for sexual fulfilment remains, even if it cant be physically managed, and even if it can't be communicated.
Yes, I have my bias, sure. While the media is currently awash with arguments for and against funding sexual services, I'm closely watching to see which way the dice rolls as regards funding for sexual 'goods' on the basis that various adult products might make sexual satisfaction for the disabled plausible and/or easier. If sex with a partner isn't possible on account of some kind of disability, the right products might simplify/enable/enrich solo-sex and make masturbation just as worthwhile as it is for other more abled adults.
Note too that just because someone is disabled, they may well still be in a relationship and the sexual needs of their partner also need to be considered. To the partner, love alone might not satisfy those needs and the right adult toys might enable genuine intimacy which is not otherwise possible or allow their solo-time to make up for what their partner can't provide. Yes, toys can make all the difference just as in any relationship.
There are cynics, particularly those not on (or interested in) the NDIS who at this time might well consider my interest to be purely self-serving, and yes, Top Drawer Essentials is in the business of selling quality adult products (whether for funding by the NDIS or not). However, Top Drawer Essentials' interest is far more humanitarian and egalitarian. We genuinely believe in (and support) human sexuality, regardless of an individual's orientation and capability. Just because someone is disabled doesn't mean they are any less entitled to sexual fulfilment.
Incidentally, the same goes for people with a temporary injury which affects their ability to perform sexually, whether for their own benefit or for the benefit of their partner. Something to bear in mind the next time someone is laid up in hospital or in the midst of recovery.
To the original question, sorry, Top Drawer Essentials purchases are not covered by the NDIS. For now.
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Of course, Top Drawer Essentials has a great range of toys to suit everyone from the beginner to seasoned users, able-bodied or less able-bodied. We've got dildos, vibrators (battery, rechargeable and mains powered), masturbators for men, plugs, cockrings, balls and eggs, etc etc. We only stock quality products and of course we ship throughout Australia. While you're here, you can also stock up your top drawer with condoms, dams, lubricants and more. We've even got a referral program!
And of course, Top Drawer Essentials can offer suggestions if you like. After all, we are all about safe sex, solo sex, fun sex and better sex.
You can always email us questions: questions@TopDrawerEssentials.com.au