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NDIS gaps destroy ACT disability supports

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The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) shut-down some essential services and supports for autistic people in the ACT when it started its ACT trial in 2014. The NDIA has just announced that it hopes to resume some of the missing disability services in the ACT in January 2017. The NDIA is using the name information, linkages and capacity building or ILC for its new disability services and support scheme.

A recent ANAO report suggests that some key disability supports will take another decade to emerge (or re-emerge) under the NDIS.

The funding gaps for these disability services from 2014 caused the loss/closure of essential disability services, skilled staff were lost (moved on) and especially vulnerable people missed out on essential services and supports.

Talks continue after ACT, federal NDIS stalemate

Stephen Jeffery​ 

The ACT government and the federal agency overseeing the National Disability Insurance Scheme rollout have resumed planning meetings to cope with increased demand.

Negotiations between the territory and Commonwealth over which government would provide more funding to participants beyond the initial target of 5075 stalled during caretaker mode prior to the ACT election.

Missing autistic man Damien Ezzy found alive in Canberra

The aunt of Damien Ezzy says his family has been touched and moved by the community's efforts to find him after he was discovered safe and well on Saturday.

Australian Federal Police search and rescue patrols found Mr Ezzy, who has autism, near the side of Woodcock Drive, Gordon, about 9.30am after a woman reported seeing him near a pond.

Police said Mr Ezzy was found with another woman, who did not have a phone and decided to walk with him until she could get help because "he seemed vulnerable".

ASD, early intervention and the NDIS

With a recent video, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) released a bit of information about its NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Approach as it affects autistic children. Regrettably, The NDIS ECEI Approach falls well short of best practice early intervention (EI) for autistic children.

Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia, a national grass-roots ASD advocacy group known as A4, applauds the NDIA’s intention to help children with disability into EI as quickly as possible. However, A4 is concerned that the NDIS ECEI Approach:

  • avoids diagnoses and does not recognise the distinct nature of ASD and the distinct needs of autistic children;
  • does not provide the impartial and comprehensive advice that parents need so they can make informed choices about EI for their autistic children;

  • rejects expert advice that autistic children need intensive individualised ASD-specific and comprehensive EI; and

  • diverts families from effective (evidence-based best practice) EI for their autistic children.

ACT mental health services and clients wait for an end to NDIS impasse

Canberra's mental health services and their many clients are stuck in a holding pattern as the ACT community waits for an end to the political impasse over the future of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

An estimated target of 5075 NDIS participants was reached at the end of September and new entrants will not be able to access the scheme unless an existing participant dies or their eligibility status changes.

People with a disability in Canberra left in NDIS limbo as ACT waits for a new deal

Daniel Burdon

More than 1000 Canberrans with a disability are at risk of missing out on National Disability Insurance Scheme support as the Territory and federal governments argue over which government should fund more places after a target of 5075 people was reached last month.

While the scheme was originally promised to be delivered to all Australians with a permanent and severe disability, it seems funding for places was capped at the 5075 "target" built into the original deal between the ACT and federal governments; a figure reached at the end of last month.

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