In its submission to the Senate Inquiry into Special Disability Trusts, FaHCSIA told the Committee (see http://a4.org.au/a4/node/52) that
Many people with [autism] may not require care on a daily basis ...
People I have spoken with in the ASD community have been dissapointed (sometimes outraged) by FaHCSIA's claim. It does not seem consistent with data in Section 4 (on Service users with autism spectrum disorders) in the recent AIHW report Disability support services 2005-06: National data on services provided under the Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement (see http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10488). For example, these data show 47.7% of people with "autism" in 2003 always needed help with one or more "activities of daily living" ... only 7.6% of people with autism did not need assistance with "activities of daily living" (see Table 4.4). The data show that many/most people with autism do require care on a daily basis.
My view is that A4 should write to the Minister and the Parliamentary Secretary for FaHCSIA, the head of the Department of FaHCSIA and to the Chair of the Senate Committee to try to increase their awareness and understanding of the nature of autism, the existence of these pervasive misconceptions in government and the consequent lack of essential services and support for people with autiusm.
Do you agree?