Navigating NDIS Funding

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a transformative initiative by the Australian government, designed to support individuals across the country living with a disability. At the ASD Community Support Service, we specialize in guiding families through the NDIS maze, especially focusing on how it can benefit those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental delays. The NDIS funding is pivotal for securing early intervention services, which are essential for individuals with autism.

Empowering Individuals with ASD Through NDIS Funding

NDIS funding is a critical resource for individuals with ASD, offering them access to tailored supports that assist in achieving personal goals, developing essential skills for independence, enhancing community participation, and enabling active engagement in societal activities.

How to become an NDIS Participant

To tap into NDIS funding support, the journey begins with becoming an NDIS participant. The Am I Eligible? page offers a comprehensive NDIS checklist to determine eligibility swiftly.

There are two pathways to access the NDIS depending on the age of the participant:

Over 7 Years Old

  • If you or your child is over the age of 7, access the NDIS via the NDIS Pathway.
  • If you meet the eligibility criteria and you would like to become a participant, you will need to first complete an Access Request.

0-6 Years Old

  • If your child is aged 0-6 years, they will access the NDIS via the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) pathway.
  • The NDIS has released a pack about ECEI with information you need to know about 0 to 6 years.
  • If you are applying on behalf of a child under 7, your local Early Childhood Partner (ECP) is your first point of contact.
  • An ECP will help you to request NDIS access if your child requires long-term intervention supports. The ECP will then work with you to develop your NDIS plan once you become a participant.

 ASD Community Support Centre can support you and your family to navigate using your NDIS ASD and NDIS early childhood intervention funding in several ways:

  • Conduct an initial developmental assessment or re-assessment to pinpoint your child’s strengths and skill deficits. Our assessments are developmentally sequenced, and norm referenced, so it is easy to see where your child has skill deficits relative to typically developing children of the same age.
  • Summarise the results of the assessment into a developmental summary report for you to bring to your planning meeting.
  • Meet with you to review the set goals for your child.
  • Complete a Goals and Measurable Objectives document, in which we break down your long-term goals for your child into a set of measurable teaching objectives.
  • Provide you with a document describing how our services are delivered, which highlights our evidence based NDIS early childhood intervention strategies.
  • Provide you with accompanying documents (relevant research and best practice recommendations) to support your request for funding for ABA therapy.
  • Prepare and submit any required progress reports, to show the gains your child has made since commencing ABA therapy.

    Your child’s access to NDIS funding will be assessed at each plan review. This is to check that the NDIS Early Childhood Intervention support services are effective and are resulting in positive progress for your child. If your child’s development has improved and they have achieved their goals, they may no longer need support from the NDIS. Different life stages demand distinct NDIS funding for ASD supports, as such you may see changes in the funding that you receive from the NDIS for your child.