The Autism Advisor Program at Autism Spectrum Australia ended on 31st March, 2021. This means that services including Post Diagnostic Support phone calls, Parent Support Groups and the Early Intervention Ready Program, as well as the Webinars for Professionals and Early Childhood Professionals, are no longer be available.
If you are the parents of a newly diagnosed child or someone supporting a family, please read on for some important information.
Please contact the NDIS for information on applying for funding to support your child’s needs.
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
What is the NDIS?
The NDIS funds reasonable and necessary supports to assist individuals with a disability. NDIS funds can be used to pay for therapy services and to purchase any special equipment (such as communication devices or sensory equipment).
Is my child eligible?
Children under 7 years of age with a developmental delay or disability can access the NDIS through the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach. Participants must be an Australian citizen, be a permanent resident or hold a Protected Special Category visa. Children do not need a formal diagnosis to access this pathway of supports.
How do I access the NDIS?
Contact an Early Childhood Partner. Your local Early Childhood Early Intervention Partner can be found by searching your postcode or suburb on the NDIS website: https://www.ndis.gov.au/contact/locations
How ECEI work – a step by step process
General NDIS Contact Information
Autism Connect Helpline
Families are also able to seek support and information from the Autism Connect Helpline, a service offered by Amaze. This helpline provides evidence-based information, advice and referrals about autism and the various support options available. Please find the contact details for Autism Connect below: