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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).

autism severity levels and improving the NDIS for autistic Australians

By convenor |

The DSM-5 and the NDIS treat severity ratings for autism/ASD quite differently.

The DSM-5 (2013) and its update, the DSM-5-TR (2022), associate severity ratings with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The DSM-5-TR diagnostic criteria for ASD (see https://a4.org.au/dsm5-asd) say that a severity rating must be specified for each of Part A and Part B of the diagnostic criteria.

SA - Hope for autism assessments in schools

By bobb |

Melanie Riley

A MOUNT Gambier/Berrin counsellor has welcomed the introduction of a $330,000 tender that will enable up to 100 eligible school students to access autism assessments at no cost to their families.

Autism assessments will now be made easier with the initiative, which follows the introduction of the Autism Inclusion Teacher program, which has already seen an investment of $28.8 million to provide access to an autism inclusion teacher in every public primary school, including Reception to Year 12 schools.

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.