The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides support to Australians living with disabilities. ASD Community Support is well-equipped to help families understand the NDIS and how NDIS funding for ASD and developmental delays can support early intervention services.
NDIS funding helps young children that are living with ASD spectrum disorder (ASD) and related challenges connect with the right supports to pursue their goals, develop skills needed to increase their age-appropriate independence, assist with community participation, and develop the ability to actively take part in community activities.
How to become an NDIS Participant
To begin this process of securing NDIS funding support, you must first become an NDIS participant. If you visit the, Am I Eligible page, you will find an NDIS checklist you can read to see if you are eligible.
There are two pathways to access the NDIS depending on the age of the participant:
Over 7 Years Old
- If you or your child is over the age of 7, access the NDIS via the NDIS Pathway.
- If you meet the eligibility criteria and you would like to become a participant, you will need to first complete an Access Request.
0-6 Years Old
- If your child is aged 0-6 years, they will access the NDIS via the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) pathway.
- The NDIS has released a pack about ECEI with information you need to know about 0 to 6 years.
- If you are applying on behalf of a child under 7, your local Early Childhood Partner (ECP) is your first point of contact.
- An ECP will help you to request NDIS access if your child requires long-term intervention supports. The ECP will then work with you to develop your NDIS plan once you become a participant.
ASD Community Support Centre can support you and your family to navigate using your NDIS ASD and NDIS early childhood intervention funding in several ways:
- Conduct an initial developmental assessment or re-assessment to pinpoint your child’s strengths and skill deficits. Our assessments are developmentally sequenced, and norm referenced, so it is easy to see where your child has skill deficits relative to typically developing children of the same age.
- Summarise the results of the assessment into a developmental summary report for you to bring to your planning meeting.
- Meet with you to review the set goals for your child.
- Complete a Goals and Measurable Objectives document, in which we break down your long-term goals for your child into a set of measurable teaching objectives.
- Provide you with a document describing how Lizard services are delivered, which highlights our evidence based NDIS early childhood intervention strategies.
- Provide you with accompanying documents (relevant research and best practice recommendations) to support your request for funding for ABA therapy.
- Prepare and submit any required progress reports, to show the gains your child has made since commencing ABA therapy.
Your child’s access to NDIS funding will be assessed at each plan review. This is to check that the NDIS Early Childhood Intervention support services are effective and are resulting in positive progress for your child. If your child’s development has improved and they have achieved their goals, they may no longer need support from the NDIS. Different life stages demand distinct NDIS funding for ASD supports, as such you may see changes in the funding that you receive from the NDIS for your child.