NDIS and Autism
The NDIS provides support for people who have been diagnosed with autism.
Absolutely! As a permanent disability, the NDIS provides funding for persons with ASD. In fact, autism spectrum disorder is the largest primary disability category for the NDIS.
However, there are some conditions and not all individuals with autism spectrum disorder will be approved for NDIS funding.
If the individual is assessed as having ASD with level 2 severity (requiring substantial support) or level 3 severity (requiring very substantial support), they are very likely to qualify for NDIS funding.
For further detail, see NDIS List A.
If the individual is assessed as having ASD with level 1 severity (requiring some support), Asperger syndrome, atypical autism, childhood autism, or pervasive developmental disorders not meeting certain severity criteria, further assessment of functional capacity is required to determine eligibility for NDIS funding.
For further detail, see NDIS List B.
The type of support services available to those with autism are
The amount of funding and support for ASD depends on the severity of the condition.
Those over 7 years of age will access NDIS funding via the regular NDIS Pathway.
However, if your child is 0-6 years of age, they will access NDIS funding through the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) pathway. The ECEI:
Aligning your goals with the objectives of the NDIS is often a great place to start. The NDIS aims to support people with a disability to improve their independence, increase their participation in social and economic activities and to develop their capacity to engage with their community.
When you are developing you or your child’s personal goals, reflect on each of these NDIS objectives and consider how your goals fit within these objectives.
Our team will clearly explain how NDIS works and how to access the support you need
We’ll take the time to understand what your health, lifestyle and cultural preferences are
The providers we recommend have been carefully evaluated and selected so that you know the choice you make is one you can trust.
What is autism?
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a common developmental disability that affects an individual’s social interactions, behaviour and ability to interact with their environment. It affects about 1% of the population (1 in every 100 people).
ASD is the umbrella term for several different disorders, including autism, Asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). It is a disability that is considered to be on a spectrum – meaning no two individuals with ASD are alike and there is a range of severity and characteristics displayed by each person with an ASD diagnosis.
There are however, some signs that are common for those with an ASD diagnosis to exhibit, which will be discussed later in this article.
Is autism a permanent disability?
Yes, ASD is considered to be permanent, and without a cure.
Sign, behaviours and symptoms of autism
Signs and Symptoms
Many individuals with ASD are highly sensitive to sound, touch, taste, smell and vision. This sensitivity often results in strong reactions and behavioural outbursts, which can be very distressing to the person with ASD, as well as their family and friends.
Depending on the severity of the ASD, some individuals may be able to live independently, while others might require constant assistance and support.
Severity of autism
Autism is a spectrum disorder which means that there are varying levels of severity. A person can be mildly, moderately, or severely autistic. When providing a diagnosis of autism, clinicians are required to assign a level. There are three levels, which reflect the person’s ability to communicate, manage daily life, adapt to change and new situations, and expand beyond restricted interests.
Those diagnosed with level 1 autism require a low level of support
People with level 1 ASD:
Level 2 autism spectrum disorder requires substantial support
People with level 2 ASD:
ASD level 3 requires very substantial support
Level 3 ASD: