The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a crucial resource for many families with children on the autism spectrum or with additional needs. In this easy-to-navigate guide, we will explore the NDIS, how it benefits people with autism, and how to access the funding. We’ll also cover frequently asked questions about NDIS funding for autism and how we can help as a registered NDIS provider.
What is the NDIS?
The NDIS is an Australian government-funded program designed to provide financial assistance and individualised support for people with disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder and other developmental delays. The NDIS aims to help individuals achieve their goals, increase independence, and participate more fully in their communities.
Why is the NDIS important for people with autism?
The NDIS offers crucial support for people with autism, providing funding for various services like our First Steps, intervention or consultation programs, behaviour support, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and psychological services. By doing so, the NDIS helps individuals with autism and their families navigate the unique challenges they may face, improving their quality of life and fostering greater independence.
Autism support in your child’s journey
As a registered NDIS provider, Aspire Early Intervention offers a range of services tailored to your child’s needs. Whether your child requires assistance with skill development, speech and language, motor skills, play, or social interaction, Aspire is here to help you navigate the complexities of autism and NDIS funding.
Accessing the NDIS
What is the process to access funding
Before lodging an Access Requestform, and access NDIS funding for Aspire’s services, your child must meet one of the following criteria:
- Have a recognised diagnosis and live in an NDIS area.
- Have a delay in two or more areas, such as skill, speech/language/communication, motor, play, and social.
- Display behaviours that impede development in two or more of those areas.
What are the available pathways for accessing the NDIS
There are two ways to access NDIS funding, depending on your child’s age:
- For children aged seven and above, funding is available via the NDIS pathway.
- For children aged zero to seven, funding is accessed through the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) pathway.
NDIS eligibility is determined by your child’s diagnosis and reduced functional capacity in communication, mobility, social interaction, learning, self-care, or self-management. In addition to NDIS funding, Medicare and private health insurance may also cover some or all associated treatment costs for services like occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, and psychological services.
Aspire’s clinical directors and team of practitioners are committed to advocating on your behalf to ensure your child receives the intensive services and programs they deserve.
Frequently asked questions about NDIS funding & autism
Does autism qualify for NDIS?
Yes, eligibility is determined by reduced functional capacity in areas such as communication, mobility, social interaction, learning, self-care, or self-management.
What will the NDIS fund for autism?
The NDIS provides funding for a variety of services and supports for individuals with autism, including therapy sessions, assistive technologies, behaviour support, personal care, and community participation.
Your NDIS funding may go towards covering a range of services offered by our expert team such as:
- First Steps Program
- Early intervention Program
- Behaviour Support
- Consultation Services
- Speech Pathology
- Occupational Therapy
How much does NDIS pay for autism Level 3?
The NDIS takes a highly individualised approach when determining funding amounts for participants, including those with autism Level 3. While there isn’t a fixed amount allocated for any disability, the NDIS considers various factors to determine appropriate funding. These factors include the individual’s unique needs, goals, and circumstances which can mean the funcing will vary from one person to another.
Typically, NDIS funding for individuals with autism Level 3 covers a broad range of essential services and supports. These may include intensive therapy sessions, specialised educational programs, assistive technologies, personal care, and supports for community participation.
How to apply for NDIS funding for autism?
There are a few steps involved when applying for funding. These ensure you are receiving the appropriate funding amount, and safeguide the scheme for those who truely need it, like our Aspire families. While this process may seem daunting from the outset, our team are here to guide and support you throuh the process.
To apply for NDIS funding for autism, follow these steps:
- Check your eligibility: Ensure that you meet the NDIS eligibility criteria, which include age, residency, and disability requirements. You can use the NDIS Access Checklist to verify your eligibility.
- Gather relevant documentation: Collect supporting documents, such as a formal autism diagnosis, reports from healthcare professionals, and any additional evidence demonstrating your need for support.
- Submit an Access Request: Contact the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to request an Access Request Form. Complete the form, attach your supporting documents, and submit it to the NDIA for assessment.
- Develop a support plan: If your Access Request is approved, you will work with an NDIS planner or Local Area Coordinator (LAC) to develop a personalised support plan outlining your goals, needs, and the services you require.
- Receive funding: Once your plan is approved, you will receive funding to access the support services outlined in your plan.
What will NDIS not pay for?
As per the NDIS website, the scheme will not cover expenses that:
- Are not directly related to a participant’s disability.
- Are already covered by other government services, such as Medicare or the public education system.
- Are considered day-to-day living expenses not related to a participant’s support needs.
- Pose a risk to the participant or others.
What should I do to be in the best position to receive these supports?
Over the years, we’ve seen hundreds of families be successful in their applications for funding. To maximise your chances of receiving NDIS support, take the following steps:
- Obtain a formal diagnosis and gather supporting documentation from healthcare professionals.
- Clearly articulate your support needs, goals, and how the requested services will help you achieve those goals.
- Familiarise yourself with the NDIS Price Guide and the types of services and supports that the NDIS funds.
- Consult with registered NDIS providers, like Aspire Early Intervention, to gain insights on effective support strategies for individuals with autism.
- Stay organized and maintain clear communication with your NDIS planner or LAC throughout the planning process.
If I’m an adult with autism, can I access the NDIS for funding?
Yes, adults with autism can access the NDIS for funding, provided they meet the eligibility criteria outlined above. However, we do not offer adult support services at this time.
How can we help
Get in touch to see how Aspire Early Intervention can help with the NDIS & Autism
As a registered NDIS provider, Aspire Early Intervention is committed to helping individuals with autism and their families navigate the complexities of the NDIS. Our expert practitioners and support team can provide advice to guide you through the application process, offer insights on effective support strategies, and provide tailored services to meet the unique needs of your family.
Get in touch today to discover how we can support you through your journey in helping your child live with dignity, choice and independence.