A call to action for Victorians affected by Autism – make your voice heard!

 

Inquiry into services for people with autism spectrum disorder deadline extended

In an exciting move forward for the Autism community, there is a Parliamentary Inquiry into services for people with ASD. This is a fantastic time to take our stories to the government and make our voices heard. The deadline to make submissions has been extended to June 30, 2016. I encourage all citizens of Victoria who are affected by Autism to make a submission if you feel you have something to contribute on any of the following topics covered by the inquiry:

  1. The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder in Victoria;
  2. The availability and adequacy of services provided by the Commonwealth, State and local governments across health, education, disability, housing, sport and employment services;
  3. The adequacy of services to be provided under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS);
  4. Evidence of the social and economic cost of failing to provide adequate services; and,
  5. The projected demand for services in Victoria.

The Family and Community Development Committee, who is tasked with the inquiry, is requesting submissions from not only organisations but also individuals.

Here’s how to find out more about making a submission. Your submission can take any form you like, it can be a letter or an email, as long as it addresses at least one of the Terms of Reference listed above. I realise it states on most documentation that the deadline is April, however you can see on this page that the deadline has been extended to June 30.

Now is the time to make our voices heard!

In related news, Amaze Victoria released its submission today. The submission was the result of a consulting with members of the Victorian Autism community and contains a comprehensive list detailing a need to improve existing services and create many new services that are severely lacking, including support for – wait for it – teenagers and adults who are diagnosed later in life! This is really exciting for me, as most of the current support services and funding are for children on the spectrum. While this is fantastic for today’s children and their parents, older individuals on the spectrum are often neglected when it comes to accessing support services and funding.

The submission covers areas like diagnosis, education, employment and the NDIS.

Here is a link to the full submission.

 

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