cruel policy targets the most autistic and vulnerable NDIS participants

By convenor | Mon, 25/9/2023 - 10:06

NDIS policy fails some of the youngest and most severely autistic NDIS participants.

Clinicians advise some children with severe/profound or classic autism that they need intensive early intervention for their autism. There is history of evidence that many of these children (though not all) make substantial gains through such intervention. There are numerous research reviews that summarise research on early intervention for children diagnosed with "autism" under the DSM-IV (and DSM-IV-TR), including:

‘Quick and dirty’ NDIS review faces backlash from disability advocates

By bobb | Tue, 12/9/2023 - 13:51

Stephen Lunn

A “quick and dirty” review of the $35bn-a-year National Disability ­Insurance Scheme will not ­address its longstanding problems in time to meet national cabinet’s hard cost-control targets set for three years from now, advocates have warned, signalling a fresh battle over its future.

National Disability Insurance Agency accused of ‘failing’ young children with autism

By bobb | Wed, 30/8/2023 - 10:38

Stephanie Convery

Committee hears every family Autism Partnerships Australia worked with who challenged their NDIS funding rejection was eventually approved for intensive support

The National Disability Insurance Agency is failing young children severely affected by autism by rejecting their claims for intensive support funding only to do an about-face after families have spent months in a lengthy, expensive tribunal process, a parliamentary committee has heard.

One mum’s advice to Bill Shorten on how to save money in the NDIS

By bobb | Wed, 5/7/2023 - 11:24

Lynda Fallon

As the cost of the NDIS balloons, and the government looks for ways to make savings, one battle-weary mum offers some budgeting suggestions.

Dear Mr Shorten, firstly, I want to say thank you for the NDIS. It’s a scheme with the very best of intentions to give people like my son, Ben, their best chance at fulfilling their potential — and I love that we are lucky enough to live in a country where people in power care.

NDIS diagnosis of autism may have ‘unforeseen consequences’, Kurt Fearnley warns

By bobb | Mon, 1/5/2023 - 20:18



The need for a diagnosis of autism early in a child’s life to secure NDIS support may have “unforeseen consequences” as they face the long-term stigma of being labelled disabled, National Disability Insurance Agency chair Kurt Fearnley says.

“Camouflaging” of autistic traits linked to internalizing symptoms such as anxiety and depression

By bobb | Thu, 30/3/2023 - 09:42

Vladimir Hedrih

A study of autistic children and adolescents in Australia showed that those suffering from anxiety, depression or similar symptoms (apart from autism) showed a more pronounced tendency to try to mask their autistic traits in social situations. Adolescents were also more likely to camouflage their autistic traits than children. The study was published in Autism Research.