Advocacy

The following list shows A4's recent advocacy. This list contains both submissions and communications (letters & emails).

NDIS support inadequate for autistic participants (cont.)

Submitted by convenor on Tue, 12/3/2019 - 06:47

The Hon Paul Fletcher MP
The Hon Sarah Henderson MP
Minister for Families and Social Services
Parliament House
CANBERRA ACT 2600

Cc:      Hollie Hughes

Dear the Hon P. Fletcher MP and the Hon S. Henderson MP

Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia, known as A4, is disappointed that your apparent response to our letter (10/2/2019) to you about inadequate NDIS funding for autistic participants was to stop reporting funding levels for disability types.

NSW Education: Disability Strategy, A Living Document

Submitted by bobb on Fri, 8/3/2019 - 07:48

The NSW Education department has released its latest "disability strategy" (download here).

In relation to autistic students, it says:

autistic students are 33% of "students supported by funded programs distributed by disability type 2017" in NSW (students with intellectual disability make up 40%).
"From 2013-17, enrolments of students with autism increased by ~14.5% per year" according to the Education Department's own data ... at this rate, the number of autistic students doubles every 5 years.
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letter: NDIS support is inadequate for autistic participants

Submitted by convenor on Sun, 10/2/2019 - 23:27

Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4) wrote to Minister Fletcher and NDIS officials saying A4 is concerned that NDIS support for autistic participants is often inadequate.

Table E.10 in the NDIS Y6Q1 Quarterly Report shows again that close to 29% of NDIS participants are autistic. Figure E-5 from the report and a similar figure from The Australian (see both figures below) indicate to us that for autistic participants:

the NDIS’s target, the “expected average annualised committed support”, is about $37K;