Dear The Hon. Christian Porter MP
Recent media reports mention the increasing number of people being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and the possible impact on the NDIS. Apparently, more people are diagnosed with autism than the NDIA expected … especially in South Australia.
There are a number of issues relating to autism that we would like to raise with you. These include:
autism and the NDIS … particularly increasing numbers of diagnoses and the NDIA's minimal consultation with the autism community;
the challenges autistic people, families and service providers face trying to access professional behaviour and mental health services and support for autistic people; and
disappointing outcomes for autistic people in education and employment of autistic people.
Please can we meet you to discuss these matters?
Convenor, Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia.
Mobile: XXXX XXX XXX
The response received (16/12/2015) can be downloaded here. It has no discernible connection with the letter above.