cruel NDIS policy targets the most autistic and vulnerable NDIS participants

By convenor |

NDIS policy (AAT Case Management Guide Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) - see below) fails some of the youngest and most severely autistic NDIS participants. Clinicians advise that some children with severe/profound or classic autism need intensive early intervention for their autism. NDIS policy (see below) says funding for the required early intervention depends on families winning a case against the government in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

autism severity levels and improving the NDIS for autistic Australians

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The DSM-5 and the NDIS treat severity ratings for autism/ASD quite differently.

The DSM-5 (2013) and its update, the DSM-5-TR (2022), associate severity ratings with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The DSM-5-TR diagnostic criteria for ASD (see https://a4.org.au/dsm5-asd) say that a severity rating must be specified for each of Part A and Part B of the diagnostic criteria.

NDIS reforms boosted by greater involvement in co-design with disability representative organisations

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The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has strengthened investment in co-designing key reforms to the NDIS, through a funding boost for Disability Representative and Carer Organisations (DRCOs).

The 27 organisations, who will receive up to $10.7 million of funding, collectively represent thousands of people with disability and their families.

A4's response to the draft National Autism Strategy - abundant opportunity for improvement

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The Department of Social Security is charged with managing the development of Australia's National Autism  Strategy.

The consultation process for the first draft strategy has closed -  see https://engage.dss.gov.au/developing-the-national-autism-strategy/

A4's "silver buckshot" response to the draft National Autism Strategy prepared by DSS staff is available from the links below.

NDIS data show the rapid decline in Australian autism diagnoses

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The proportion of young children (age 0 to 6 years) diagnosed with autism in the NDIS has declined significantly since the full roll-out of the NDIS. The following chart shows the proportion of children in the NDIS with different types of "primary disability" according to data published by the NDIS on their website. 

Updated data ... 5/2024