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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

Is ADHD covered by NDIS?

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.

ADHD and NDIS Eligibility - Am I eligible for the NDIS?

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 from person to person.

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, 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.

What can I get with the NDIS 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.

Support for 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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