NDIS & e-learning
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
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.
Whether you are an adult with FASD or suspected FASD or a parent/carer supporting a child with FASD, NOFASD Australia is here to support you. This website page has a range of factsheets and information to provide you with guidance. If you can’t find the answers you are looking for, please send us a message
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 relation to the activities listed below.
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 (ability to perform age appropriate tasks and activities), or psychosocial capacity (ability to relate to others in personal relationships, work or school).
NDIS myths debunked – With so much information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) out there, not everything you hear is going to be correct. This web page addresses some common myths.
Mapping My World https://www.endeavour.com.au/ndis/resources – NDIS Planning Booklet and other helpful resources from The Endeavour Foundation
Australian Foundations in FASD Online Course
NOFASD with the permission of and in partnership with CanFASD, have now launched the Australian Foundations in FASD online course. This course is an evidence-based, interactive online learning resource, consisting of 7 individual modules. The modules take around 20 minutes each and upon course completion, a downloadable certificate of completion is produced.
Who should complete the Australian Foundations in FASD course?
This course is suitable for anyone wanting to learn more about FASD.
For service providers and government agencies, this course will provide you with an opportunity to learn more about the challenges your clients and their families experience and how you can provide FASD-informed supports.
For parents, carers and adults with FASD, this course sets a benchmark that you can expect as a minimum from the service providers you engage with. If you are working with a new service provider, ask them to show you their Foundations in FASD course completion certificate. This way you will know they have some understanding of the complexities of FASD.
Resources for parents, carers and adults with FASD
NDIS Glossary of Terms
The NDIS Glossary of Terms documents helps to explain some of the words used in the NDIS documents we have included on our website. Some of the terms will be related to the NDIS terminology and some will explain important language related to FASD.
Example Letter Template
The Example Letter Template is available for parents and carers to download and edit as a helpful letter to share with LAC/ECEI Coordinators, NDIS Planners and service providers. The letter aims to support carers to share, in general terms how FASD can impact an individual.
General Letter of Support
The General Letter of Support is available as a sample only document on the website. For parents or carers who have a FASD diagnosis for their child or for adults with a diagnosis, NOFASD can amend this letter to include your personal details to support your NDIS application. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
FASD and the NDIS
The NDIS are moving to independent assessments in 2021, this will be a big change for people applying to access the NDIS, and for existing participants.
The NDIS have prepared a list of answers to some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs)
NOFASD FASD and the NDIS – Factsheets for Parents and Carers
The NDIS Factsheets for Parents and Carers are a series of factsheets to assist parents and carers to be more informed of the NDIS process and helpful language and information to be aware of when sharing information about a child with FASD. These factsheets are focused on interventions for children, however adults with FASD may find this information helpful;
Parents and Carers Fact Sheets
- Understanding the NDIS
- Eligibility to access the NDIS
- Accessing the NDIS
- Support and services funded by the NDIS
- Preparing for your planning meeting
- Your planning meeting
- Understanding your NDIS plan
- Asking for a review of your NDIS PLAN
- Strategies and services available for children with FASD
- Finding the right providers
- Reviewing your plan and goals
Service Providers (SP) Fact Sheets
WHAT IS AND ISN’T COVERED ON THE NDIS
10 steps to excellent NDIS therapy reports.
This best practice guide on producing excellent therapy reports to inform the development of NDIS plans or plan reviews was developed by VALID advocates with expertise in providing advocacy support to people with intellectual disabilities. It is primarily designed as an information source for therapists as they prepare reports for NDIS participants. It can also be used as an information source for NDIS participants, families, Local Area Coordinators, and Support Coordinators when they are commissioning therapy reports, or to determine whether a report is of a high standard. 10 Steps to Excellent NDIS Therapy Reports
NDIS Sample Plan 1 – Adolescent Male
The NDIS Sample Plan 1 is an example of a completed plan for an adolescent male with an NDIS diagnosis. This plan outlines some of the supports and goals which may be relevant for an adolescent requiring NDIS funding and support. This document is a sample ONLY and is specifically written for the case study provided. Funding amounts included are not based on fact.
NDIS Sample Plan 2 – Adult Female
The NDIS Sample Plan 2 is an example of a completed plan for an adult female with an NDIS diagnosis. This plan outlines some of the supports and goals which may be relevant for an adult requiring NDIS funding and support. This document is a sample ONLY and is specifically written for the case study provided, funding amounts included are not based on fact.
Reimagine – one of the primary categories under the NDIS where adults 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.
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 support and services are available in your area, call the National Care Advice Line on 1800 422 737 Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm
- A series of factsheets for adults with FASD
- Factsheets for NDIS providers, agencies and staff
- Medical and Allied Health Factsheets to outline how clinical services can support individuals with FASD
‘It’s a Party! the NOFASD Birthday Party Book
The NOFASD Birthday Party Book has been written by Robyn Smith the NOFASD Helpline Manager. Robyn has been supporting parents, carers and individuals with FASD on the NOFASD Helpline for more than 4 years. With permission and support from a number of wonderful parents and with publishing assistance from Early Childhood Australia, Robyn has compiled this excellent guide for parents and carers for organising a successful birthday party.
Download your free electronic copy.