NOFASD Australia strongly supports the development of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and recognises that a nationalised disability care scheme is long overdue.
We particularly welcome the scope of the scheme in covering a breadth of disabilities that exist in the Australian community and a wide range of support needs. In particular, the inclusion of intellectual and cognitive disabilities is of major importance to individuals and families living with FASD.
Accessing support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for your child
If your child has been diagnosed with FASD they have a significant and permanent disability and should be eligible for support services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NDIS supports your child, as well as you and your family and eligibility for services will be determined by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
The goal of the NDIS is to shift support funding from being based on labels and diagnoses to being about a person’s individual needs in gaining independence and integrating into the community.
Although a diagnosis of FASD may not be necessary to qualify for support, supporting documents will be required. This means you will need to have assessments from allied health professionals, for example, psychologists, neuropsychologists, speech therapists or occupational therapists that demonstrate your child’s needs
In order for a support to be deemed reasonable and necessary by the NDIA it must:
These are the Support Categories the NDIS will fund:
The NDIS will not cover the following:
The NDIS has more information for families and carers here
The Raising Children Network provides information that may be helpful
There are also a number of guides that have been published to help families of people living with disability understand the NDIS
Discover guide - This practical, comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the NDIS, prepared by La Trobe University in conjunction with Endeavour Foundation, aims to help people understand the various components of the NDIS and how to access them. It also includes additional legal information on whole-of-life planning for people with a disability.
Reimagine- One of the primary categories under the NDIS where people with FASD should be eligible to qualify for services is Psychosocial Disability. Although this website has been designed for people with a Mental Health condition it has excellent information about psychosocial disability and how to apply for services under the NDIS.
NOFASD Australia is here to support you so please contact us if you need any help with completing your forms. We may also be able to help if you have been denied NDIS funding Phone 1300 306 238 (free call) or email email@example.com