I’m an adult with autism: am I eligible for NDIS funding?
Autism, also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a neuro-developmental condition. No two people are affected by autism in exactly the same way, and this is why it’s described as a ‘spectrum’.
As an adult with autism, you experience differences to others in the way you think, communicate, feel, behave and interact with people and your environment. It’s estimated that 1 in 100 people in Australia have autism, so you’re not alone.
NDIS funding for adults with autism
Not everyone with disability may be eligible for NDIS funding, but the NDIS helps people with disability to find and use other services too. So, how do you know if you’re eligible to access the NDIS?
If you are assessed as having ASD with Level 2 severity (requiring substantial support) or Level 3 severity (requiring very substantial support), you may qualify for NDIS funding. Learn more about levels of ASD.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) 2018 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC), defines disability as ‘any limitation, restriction or impairment which restricts a person’s everyday activities, and has lasted, or is likely to last, for at least six months’.
Understanding this definition and meeting the following requirements, will assist in knowing whether you are eligible to access the NDIS:
- You’re under 65 years old
- You’re an Australian citizen, or a permanent resident, or a holder of a Protected Special Category visa
- You live in Australia
- You have a disability that’s permanent – it won’t go away
- You have a disability that’s significant – it affects the way you live your day-to-day life
- You need support now for you or your family
Step 1: Apply for the NDIS
Step 2: Provide evidence to the NDIS
Step 3: Send your information so you can receive your NDIS outcome
If you need help with these steps, ask a family member, friend or other support person. You can also contact an NDIS office near you to get some assistance.
If your application is successful, you will be connected to a Local Area Coordinator who will work with you to build a personalised plan to meet your support needs. they will also provide you with support that is available in your area. You will then be able to use funds from your plan to engage the services that suit you best. Through Mable, you can also use your funding to start building a team of support workers around your goals.
If you’re waiting to receive the outcome of your application or haven’t received funding from NDIS yet, you can still pay privately to find Independent Support Workers through Mable. Signing up on Mable is free, which means you can start searching for support right away.
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