Funding + NDIS
There are a range of funding options available under Fahcsia, Medicare, Centrelink and other government subsidized services. You can vist the Autism Awareness site to learn more about them.
However all of these current funding streams are being phased out as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rolls out nationwide.
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How Lizard Can Help You Prepare for the NDIS
The NDIS is a new way of providing support to Australian people with disabilities, which is both exciting and overwhelming. The good news is that Lizard is well-equipped to help families understand the NDIS and how it can provide funding for early intervention services. Lizard has helped many families across the country obtain funding for access early intensive behavioural intervention.
At Lizard, we can help you access the NDIS 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 your 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 Lizard services are delivered, which highlights our evidence-based 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.
Signing up for the NDIS
The NDIS will need to determine whether your child meets the early intervention or developmental delay requirements. You will need to provide evidence of the child’s permanent disability or developmental delay to support your access request.
This includes information on what your child’s condition is, how long it will last and its impact on their life. You can provide evidence of the child’s disability or developmental delay by having your treating doctor or specialist complete the Professional's Report section in Part F of the Access Request Form, or you can provide the same information in a different format, such as copies of existing diagnostic assessments and reports. The information must be provided with the Access Request Form.
If you choose not to use the Professional's Report section in the Access Request Form, it is important that you make sure the information provided contains the same information that the form collects.
If you are not sure whether you have enough information to support your child’s access request, or if you have trouble getting the information, you should contact the NDIS directly.
Visit this link to complete an Access Checklist to determine if your child is eligible for NDIS..
Visit this link for more information on completing your Access Request form...
Once enrolled you will be contacted by the Agency or a Local Area Coordinator to schedule a planning meeting.
Our position on ASD interventions
There are currently over 400 marketed interventions for autism. The vast majority of these interventions lack scientific support about their effectiveness. Virtually all interventions for autism that are classified as established are based on the scientific discipline of applied behaviour analysis (ABA). In our position paper, we summarise the current evidence in support of ABA, describe some of the problems with other interventions, and highlight the ways in which ABA therapy promotes the overall health, independence, and social inclusion of people with autism. We hope you take a moment to read our position paper on ASD interventions and share this valuable resource.