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Is ADHD covered by NDIS?

Among the various conditions covered under the NDIS, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been a topic of discussion.

Date posted: Author: Christine Hawkett


The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a landmark initiative in Australia designed to provide support and funding to people with disability. Its primary goal is to empower people with disability to lead independent lives and access the necessary supports and services to improve their well-being.

In this blog, we delve into the provisions of the NDIS and explore whether it provides funding for ADHD support.

Understanding ADHD

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental condition characterised by symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. It affects people of all ages, but it is most commonly children who receive a diagnosis of ADHD which can persist into adulthood. Individuals with ADHD often face challenges in education, employment, and daily life, requiring appropriate support and intervention.

Can you get NDIS funding for ADHD?

Individuals must meet be eligible for the NDIS and meet disability requirements. The scheme primarily focuses on supporting people with permanent disability to access the NDIS that substantially impact their daily life. ADHD, as a condition, can vary in its severity and impact.

For children, eligibility may be determined based on the level of impairment in cognitive or social functioning. For adults, it can depend on the extent to which ADHD interferes with their ability to work, study, mental health or ability to participate in social activities. In some cases, co-occurring or additional conditions related to ADHD may strengthen an individual's eligibility criteria for NDIS support.

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What can I get with NDIS funding for ADHD?

The NDIS aims to provide individualised funding to support participants in achieving their goals and improving their quality of life. For individuals with ADHD, this support can take various forms:

Therapy and Interventions

The NDIS may fund access to specialists, therapists, and psychologists who can provide evidence-based interventions, such as behavioural therapy, counselling and social skills training.

Assistive Technology

Funding may be available for assistive devices or technologies that aid in managing ADHD symptoms, such as organisational tools, time-management apps, or adaptive learning materials.

Skill Development

Participants may receive support to develop essential life skills, including emotional regulation, communication, and problem-solving, which can significantly benefit those with ADHD.

Frequently Asked Questions

My child struggles with ADHD but hasn't been formally diagnosed. Can they still potentially qualify for NDIS support?

While a formal diagnosis is helpful, it's not the sole determining factor for NDIS eligibility. The focus is on how ADHD impacts your child's daily life and whether they need support to participate in activities other children their age typically do. Gather reports from teachers, therapists, or other professionals who can describe the challenges your child faces due to their suspected ADHD. This evidence, along with a functional assessment, can help the NDIS understand your child's needs.

I'm an adult with ADHD and it significantly impacts my work. What specific NDIS supports can help me manage in my job?

The NDIS can fund a range of supports tailored to address work-related challenges stemming from ADHD. This might include:

  • A workplace assessment to identify adjustments for better focus and organization.
  • Job coaching to develop strategies for managing tasks, deadlines, and communication.
  • Technology supports like noise-canceling headphones or time management apps.
  • Funding for a support worker to assist with on-the-job tasks if needed

It sounds like getting approved for NDIS funding with ADHD can be difficult. What tips or advice can increase my chances of success?

Here are some key tips:

  • Gather Strong Evidence: Collect documentation outlining your diagnosis, how ADHD impacts your daily functioning, and the kinds of support you currently use or have tried.
  • Focus on Functional Impact: Emphasize how ADHD limits your ability to participate in everyday life, work, or social activities – not just the diagnosis itself.
  • Seek Guidance: Connect with an NDIS advocate or a Local Area Coordinator for help understanding the process and ensuring your application clearly presents your needs.

Remember, persistence and thorough preparation can make a big difference!

Support for Families and Carers

The NDIS recognises the importance of supporting the families and carers of individuals with disabilities, including ADHD, and offers respite and training to support them with their caring responsibilities.

    While the NDIS aims to provide comprehensive support for individuals with disabilities, the eligibility and funding process for ADHD can be complex and subjective. It is essential to consult with healthcare professionals and NDIS representatives to understand the specific requirements and possibilities for each individual case.

    The ADHD Foundation or ADHD Australia are also good resources for treatment and supports, including early interventions.

    The NDIS is continually evolving to better cater to the diverse needs of its participants. If you or someone you know has ADHD, exploring the potential support options from the NDIS can be a step towards accessing valuable support and resources to live a better life.

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