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NDIS too focussed on costs over people's needs, says autism peak body

Submitted by bobb on Sat, 12/2/2022 - 11:52

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The chief executive of the peak body supporting Victorians with autism has slammed the NDIS as too focussed on costs over people's needs.

It comes after the ABC revealed hundreds of people with autism and intellectual disabilities have had their NDIS funding slashed because the payments were found not to represent "value for money".

Families in crisis after NDIS funding cuts to participants with autism and intellectual disabilities

Submitted by bobb on Sat, 12/2/2022 - 11:31

When Karen McKenzie received an unexpected letter from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) in August, she had to read it three times before it sank in.

Key points:

  • Hundreds of people with autism and intellectual disabilities have lost NDIS funding after the NDIA ruled it wasn't "value for money"
  • Some parents have quit their jobs or sold their homes to become their children's full-time carers
  • The federal government denies it has a "secret plan" to cut funding to people with autism

Her son Jarrod, who has autism and severe intellectual disabilities, needs help to eat, get dressed and use the bathroom, but the NDIS funding that paid for his carers had been cut by more than half.

Shifting the Dial on Autism

Submitted by convenor on Tue, 8/2/2022 - 16:23

Alliance calls on major parties to act now to improve the lives of Autistic Australians

The Australian Autism Alliance is calling on major political parties to make four key commitments to enhance the quality of life and lifelong outcomes for Australians living with autism and their families ahead of this year’s federal election.

Disability Sector Statement of Concern On the Religious Discrimination Bill & impacts on people with disability

Submitted by convenor on Mon, 7/2/2022 - 07:00

We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned about the harmful impacts the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill will have on Australians with disability.

We all support protection against discrimination on the ground of religion and of religious freedom as essential to any thriving democracy, but this must not be allowed at the expense of the rights and dignity of others.

Sexologist Jodi Rodgers backs Dylan Alcott's call, everyone deserves love

Submitted by bobb on Fri, 4/2/2022 - 11:38

Lish Fejer

It's been a week since Dylan Alcott was awarded Australian of the Year, and he was clear in his acceptance speech; people with a disabilities deserve to be included in all facets of life; including being loved.

Jodi Rodgers is a Sexologist Counsellor at Birds and Bees and assists the participants of ABC TV's Love On The Spectrum find love.

She agrees with Dylan, lets stop dismissing the importance of finding love.

Non-verbal autistic people like my son will never write his story. That doesn’t mean no one should

Submitted by bobb on Fri, 4/2/2022 - 11:12

Al Campbell

Autism comprises an exponentially wide range of presentations – but the discourse surrounding it doesn’t

A fellow author recently alerted me to their inclusion of an autistic character in their upcoming debut. This very sweet young writer felt the need to be open with me, given I have two sons on the spectrum and that autism is outside their lived experience. This writer also let me know that they would completely understand if, on account of this depiction, I chose not to read their book.

‘Clients say it feels like we’ve always known each other’: the mental health experts who believe their autism has turbocharged their work

Submitted by bobb on Fri, 4/2/2022 - 10:59

Amelia Hill

Therapists, psychologists and nurses who are autistic say it has made them better at their jobs, but that misconceptions about the condition are forcing them to keep their diagnosis a secret