Australia’s rates of autism should be celebrated – but real-life impact, not diagnosis, should determine NDIS support

Ahead of the release of the government’s review into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the topic taking centre stage is the diagnosis of autism. Over one third of people accessing the scheme list it as a primary disability.

NDIS Minister Bill Shorten has flagged changes to NDIS access, shifting the emphasis from diagnosis to the real-world impact of autism on learning or participation in society. He’s called for education and health systems to step up and be part of a broader ecosystem of supports.

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NDIS, Policy reform

The Conversation

Date published:
Wed 22nd Nov, 2023