How does the NDIS plan support people with Autism?
For people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the National Disability Insurance scheme (NDIS) can give them the opportunity to receive a level of support that they would not normally receive. In this blog, we’ll be taking a look at a few ways an NDIS plan can support people with Autism and how you can determine your eligibility.
NDIS and Autism: How does the NDIS determine how much support I receive?
The amount of support that people with disabilities will receive from the NDIS is determined on a case-by-case basis. Every participant in the NDIS will receive their own individual NDIS plan to meet their unique needs after their situation has been reviewed to make sure that they receive the correct amount of support and funding.
Every person’s personal circumstances will be different, so no two NDIS plans will look alike. The amount of funding you receive from the NDIS will depend on your requirements and your personal goals for what you want the NDIS to help you achieve. These goals can be social, physical or based on the amount of independence you want to gain, but it’s important to be as specific as possible in your request so that you can receive the amount of funding for your requirements.
How can an NDIS plan support people with Autism?
Despite the fact that every person’s requirements will be unique, there are a few areas of support that are common for people with Autism:
- Support workers to assist with household chores
- Holiday camps to develop social skills
- Sensory toys to act as therapeutic aids
- Speech therapy to develop communication skills
- Physiotherapy to develop physical motor skills
How do I know if I’m eligible to receive support?
If you need to purchase masks or face coverings to be used outside your home, this qualifies as an everyday expense and so will not be covered by your NDIS funds. The everyday use of hand sanitiser also qualifies as a personal expense, but if you are a recipient of close personal support and use more hand sanitiser than you normally would, you will be able to leverage your NDIS plan to cover the cost.
How do I claim my funds and how much will I receive?
The amount of support you are eligible to receive from the NDIS will depend on your personal ASD diagnosis. If you are diagnosed with Level 1 ASD, you will need to provide evidence of how your disability impacts various areas in your life, such as self-care, learning, social interaction, mobility and communication. If you have been given a Level 2 or Level 3 ASD diagnosis, you will be automatically eligible for NDIS support.