The most recent NDIS quarterly report (at page 21) indicates that about 22,000 people have an approved plan, about 30 percent having autism as the primary disability.
Yesterday the NDIA published its NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention Approach (ECEI) document. The document is quite brief, only 8 pages, and some lobby groups have expressed disappointment at the lack of “clear direction on what funding will be provided through the NDIS for children diagnosed with autism“. Potential cost tensions have been reported.
The core explanation appears to be as follows:
The NDIA will source experienced early childhood intervention service providers to work with it as access partners to ensure the NDIS supports all children as early as possible.
To become an access partner, service providers will need to demonstrate strong clinical expertise and utilise best-practice approaches. The NDIA will closely monitor service provider performance and outcomes to ensure all children receive the appropriate quality and level of support. ….
With an emphasis on inclusion, each child will be supported in a range of mainstream settings, such as preschool, play group and other early childhood settings. This gives them an increased opportunity to learn and develop positive social relationships.
Supports will be delivered through a family-centred approach, which builds on family and carer strengths in order to improve the child’s developmental trajectory and overall quality of life.
A child who requires more intensive early intervention support services will get a plan of supports and each family will be able to choose a provider(s) to best meet their child and their own needs.
Publication of the ECEI document follows release of an earlier report focusing on autism spectrum disorder by Roberts & Williams.