Luke Priddis Foundation provides three key services.
- Individual therapies in Speech Therapy, Psychology and Occupational Therapy for children and teens with Autism.
- Groups for all ages starting at 3 all the way to adults. These groups achieve multiple outcomes across multiple therapy disciplines and social skills.
- Raises awareness and creates acceptance for people with Autism within our community through projects and raising funds for projects.
You can access our services if you are caring for a child with Autism at any age. You can directly fund this yourself or seek the support of the National Disability Insurance Scheme run by the Government organisation called The National Disability Insurance Agency.
What is the NDIS?
The NDIS is Australia’s first national scheme for people with disability. It moves away from the previous system of providing block funding to agencies and community organisations, to give funding directly to people with a disability.
There are about 4.3 million Australians who have a disability. Within the next five years, the NDIS will provide more than $22 billion in funding a year to
an estimated 500,000 Australians who have permanent and significant disability. For many people, it will be the first time they receive the disability
supports and services they need.
The NDIS also provides people with disability, including those not eligible for funding, with information and connections to services in their communities.
This includes connections to doctors, sporting clubs, support groups, libraries and schools, as well as providing information about what support is provided by
each state and territory government.
NDIS – What does it mean?
N – National – The NDIS is available across Australia.
D – Disability – The NDIS provides support to eligible people with intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive and psychosocial disability. Early intervention supports can also be provided for eligible people with disability or children with developmental delay.
I – Insurance – The NDIS gives Australians peace of mind that if they, their child or loved one is born with, or acquires a permanent and significant disability, they will get the support they need.
S – Scheme – The NDIS is designed to help people get the support they need so their skills and independence improve over time. The NDIS is not a welfare system.
What does the NDIS do?
The NDIS provides reasonable and necessary funding to people with a permanent and significant disability to access the supports and services they need to live and enjoy their life. Every NDIS participant has an individual plan that lists their goals and funding. NDIS participants use their funding to purchase supports and services to help them achieve their goals. Everyone has different goals. Goals might include things like volunteering, getting and keeping a job, making friends or participating in a local community activity. NDIS participants and their
nominee or third party decision makers control the support they receive, when they receive it and who provides it.
The NDIS cannot fund a support that is:
• the responsibility of another government system or community service
• not related to a person’s disability.
Support communities to include all Australians with disability.
People who are not eligible for the NDIS can still get help to access community and other government services. The NDIS can provide information and help connect people with disability, their families and carers to community and other government services. For many people, this will be all the support they need.
Who is helping deliver the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Agency
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the independent government organisation that runs the NDIS. The NDIA makes decisions about whether someone is eligible to become an NDIS participant and, if so, how much funding they receive. These decisions are based on legislation called the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 which sets out:
• the eligibility requirements every NDIS participant must meet
• what supports and services are considered reasonable and necessary for the NDIS to fund.
Partners in the Community
Partners in the Community are community-based organisations working with the NDIA to deliver the NDIS. These partners provide Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) or Local Area Coordination; some organisations provide both.
For more information on eligibility and how to apply please go to link below.
FAQs relevant to NDIS
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All Frequently Asked Questions are viewable on our FAQ page