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).

ABS SDAC 2022 data release - autism diagnosis rates continue to rise

By bobb |

The Australian Bureau of Statistics released some analysis of data collected in 2022 for their Survey of Disability Ageing and Carers (SDAC) - see 

There is a brief section on autistic Australians. It says simply: 

Autism and disability

In 2022:

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

By convenor |

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

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

By convenor |

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 number of autistic NDIS participants aged 0-6 years old in the NDIS decreased 27.4% in 18 months from 30/9/2022 to 31/3/2024.

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

Neuroaffirming care values the strengths and differences of autistic people, those with ADHD or other profiles. Here’s how

By bobb |

We’ve come a long way in terms of understanding that everyone thinks, interacts and experiences the world differently. In the past, autistic people, people with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and other profiles were categorised by what they struggled with or couldn’t do.