Government changes Disability Support Pension criteria

Under the new rules a person claiming DSP after 3 September 2011 will need to have a single severe impairment worth at least 20 or more points to qualify for DSP. In effect, what this means is that the definition of a disability is being tightened to force more people onto Newstart Allowance. (see http://www.centreblog.com.au/2011/08/06/disability-support-pensioners-un...) This type of "reform" has failed before (see http://www.smh.com.au/national/welfarecrackdown-misses-targets-20100310-...)

Is this unfair to people with ASD? Will it affect your support?

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