Advocacy for ASD in Canberra/ACT

submission to ACT Students with Disability Review

SOfASD made a submission to the ACT Students with Disability Review.


Executive Summary

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a distinct type of disability; it is not a sub-type of intellectual disability or developmental delay.

The number of autistic students, that is students diagnosed with ASD, has increased to a point where there are now more autistic students than students with intellectual disability. Between 30% and 50% of autistic students also have intellectual disability.

Another disappointing response from the NDIA

Below is the NDIA's disappointing response to a personal letter about the NDIS halting its intake in the ACT. 

As usual, the NDIA's response fails to answer the very simple question asked. And it fails to address the key issues raised in the letter.

What the response does show is that the original commitment to Australian's with disability, that the Commonwealth would fund any NDIS participants above the initial estimates, was a incorrect. The response shows that official lied about the initial NDIS agreement and progress of the NDIS in the ACT depended on a new NDIS agreement being struck in November 2016.

Urgent: funding for out-of-home support for children with disability

Ms R Steven-Smith MLA
Minister for Disability
GPO Box 1020,
Canberra, ACT 2601

 

Dear Ms Steven-Smith MLA

Please tell us, the organisations listed below, which government agency or agencies are responsible for funding supported accommodation for children with disability when they do not or cannot live at home? As this matter is urgent for several very vulnerable children, we would appreciate an answer in the next 10 working days.

Mr Barr MLA: NDIA freeze on new participants in the ACT

The following is an brief exchange of emails between Bob Buckley and Andrew Barr MLA ... very soon before the 2016 ACT election.


Thank you for your very quick response. I hope you are right.

In South Australia, the NDIA stopped accepting new clients during their trial ... while we were told the scheme was meant to be uncapped, that turned out to be false.

regards
Bob Buckley

On 13/10/2016 9:16 PM, BARR wrote:

Mr Buckley

 

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