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.
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.
Both children and adults with FASD should be eligible for support through the NDIS as they most likely will have significant and permanent disability that reduces their functional capacity, or psychosocial capacity in undertaking one or more of the following activities:
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).
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:
There are a number of guides that have been published to help families of people living with disability understand the NDIS:
NOFASD Australia is here to support you so please contact us if you need any help with completing forms for the NDIS. We may also be able to help if you have been denied NDIS funding. Please phone 1300 306 238 (free call) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Should your child for some reason be ineligible for NDIS funding please don’t despair! There are a range of supports available to carers that are not part of the NDIS, including respite support, counselling, education, training, peer support and advocacy. For information about what supports and services are available in your area, call the National Carer Advisory Line on 1800 242 636.