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For adults and children on the autism spectrum, getting a COVID-19 vaccine is easier said than done

Submitted by bobb on Mon, 8/11/2021 - 08:27

Neryssa Azlan

Peta Rostirola received her COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccine site and thought the whole process was smooth and easy.

But when her 13-year-old son, Pablo, became eligible for the vaccine, she knew it would be a different story altogether.

Pablo is on the autism spectrum, and while experiences may vary, people on the spectrum may deal with sensory issues if they visit a new or crowded place.

Push for NDIS to fund private swimming lessons for children with autism

Submitted by bobb on Wed, 20/10/2021 - 18:10

Matthew Doran

Families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are worried their kids will be missing out on vital water safety skills, with the National Disability Insurance Scheme refusing to fund one-on-one swimming lessons.

Key points:

Until recently, the NDIS would fund the difference between standard and specialised swimming lessons
Some parents have now been told they will only receive funding for group lessons
Experts say the needs of children with autism mean group swimming is not the best way for them to learn

More than 50 per cent of kids with mental health issues aren't getting any help. Here's how the government plans to fix that

Submitted by bobb on Wed, 20/10/2021 - 18:01

Stephanie Dalzell

Half of Australian kids with mental illness aren't getting timely professional help and less than a third of parents used services to help their struggling child, according to official government figures.

The figures are startling, especially given half of all adults with mental illness begin experiencing symptoms at a young age.

A new government strategy aims to address that, to fix a system bogged down by lengthy wait lists, and high out-of-pocket costs.

Victorian mother struggling to get son with severe autism vaccinated against COVID-19 ahead of state reopening

Submitted by bobb on Sun, 10/10/2021 - 07:50

Neelima Choahan

When Victoria opens up later this month, Janine Terry is scared her only son will be locked up at home forever. 

For the past five months, the 62-year-old has been desperate trying to get him vaccinated. 

Tim, 39, has severe autism, osteoporosis and epilepsy. He is also terrified of needles. 

"In May … I asked our family doctor about Tim being vaccinated," Ms Terry said.

Victoria says it is 'stepping in' following Commonwealth failure to boost vaccination rates in disability sector

Submitted by bobb on Fri, 8/10/2021 - 10:33

The Victorian government says it has been forced to step in and fund targeted hubs after failing to get a response from the Commonwealth on low vaccination rates among people with a disability.

Key points:

  • More than 71 per cent of Victorian NDIS participants aged 16 and over have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Victoria is launching 10 dedicated pop-up vaccination sites for people with disability
  • From October 8, all of Victoria's state-run vaccination centres will allow people with disabilities to get vaccinated any time without a booking

The Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers, Luke Donnellan, on Thursday announced $5 million to boost vaccination rates among people living with a disability.

This is what it felt like to be lost in Australia's COVID-19 response as a person with autism

Submitted by bobb on Fri, 8/10/2021 - 10:19

Nick McAllister

When COVID-19 came uninvited to Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other state leaders stood behind their lecterns and delivered their messages to all Australians.

Content warning: This story includes descriptions of a struggle with mental health.

But it felt to me they weren't speaking to us all. 

There was one important community of people, and that's my community – people with autism — who couldn't comprehend the information being delivered.

Regional NDIS recipients not even able to use half of their funding

Submitted by bobb on Fri, 8/10/2021 - 10:08

Georgie Hewson

Daniel Stanley is a carer for his wife and two daughters but has spent most of his days for the past five years learning to navigate the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Key points:

Figures show NDIS funds by recipients in Queensland regions are under-used
Providers and recipients say there are not enough options in smaller, more remote areas
Support coordinators are trying to come up with solutions

The biggest hurdle is where they live: Allora on Queensland's Southern Downs. 

Access and Sensory COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic just 'ticking a box' for some autistic Canberrans

Submitted by bobb on Thu, 7/10/2021 - 07:10

Charlotte Gore

The ACT government's Access and Sensory Vaccination Clinic was designed to be a space to support vulnerable Canberrans to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but some members of the autistic community say the facility comes up short.

Key points:

NT NDIS participants, disability service providers flag concerns about funding cuts

Submitted by bobb on Fri, 1/10/2021 - 07:43

Catherine Fielke describes trying to get funding for her five-year-old son through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as "a constant battle".

Key points:

  • Mitchell Fielke's new NDIS plan has a third of the funding of the previous plan
  • NT disability service providers have flagged concerns over plans being cut "significantly" without consultation
  • The NDIA says it is committed to delivering a "consistent and quality" experience for all participants

"It's honestly like a full-time job," she said.