NDIS and dyslexia
In itself, dyslexia is not covered by the NDIS. However, other learning disabilities that may co-occur with dyslexia - such as Global developmental delay or autism - do qualify for funding.
Sometimes known as the invisible disease, dyslexia affects 10 to 15 percent of our population and contrary to popular belief, dyslexia is not an intellectual disability.
In fact, many have forged incredible careers living with dyslexia, amongst them being Steven Spielberg and Richard Branson.
Dyslexia is a medical condition and on its own is not supported by the NDIS. To qualify for NDIS funding, you need to be living with a permanent and significant disability.
However, other learning disabilities that may co-occur with dyslexia, such as Global developmental delay or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) do qualify for NDIS funding.
For those living with Global Developmental Delay or autism, NDIS funding offers you the opportunity to pick and choose supports unique to your disability and afford you a personalised support plan to improve your skills and independence.
With your NDIS funding you can personalise your plan with supports to nourish your independence, such as:
If you have any questions about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), or want to find support workers in your area, chat to one of our CareAbout Advisers on 1300 036 028.
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What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia is not a disease, rather it is a medical condition. It is a lifelong, inherited neurological condition.
Dyslexia has often been called the invisible disease, because its symptoms are often unseen to the untrained eye, with those living with the condition, suffering in confused silence and shame.
Many living with dyslexia feel left behind, unseen in the classroom and school because they are unable to recognise symbols such as words, maps, lists, colour or directions.
Can dyslexia be treated?
Dyslexia cannot be cured, but it can be treated. However, the earlier treatment begins, the better the results long term.
Dyslexia can be diagnosed with psychological testing, following which specific, personalised educational approaches and techniques can be implemented.
A dyslexic child’s teacher is then able to implement hearing, vision and touch teaching techniques to improve the child’s reading skills. However, children are not assessed for dyslexia until they are about seven-years-old.
Symptoms of dyslexia
If you or someone you know is unsure whether you have dyslexia, this checklist provided by the Australia Dyslexia Association (ADA), reveals some of the common indicators.
This checklist does not replace professional diagnosis. Dyslexia tests can be performed by a licensed educational psychologist or in some cases a neurologist or other medical professionals.
Is dyslexia classifies as a disability in Australia?
In Australia today, dyslexia is recognised by the Human Rights commission and under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. It is recognised as a learning disability in NSW