As the NAS got underway, A4 provided several reports (see below).
The NAS also received a copy of Amaze's report on experiences of autism strategies overseas.
A4's initial submission to the JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON THE NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME inquiry into the Capability and Culture of the NDIA has been published on the submissions webpage - see https://www.aph.gov.au/DocumentStore.ashx?id=5337ea8b-c33a-46fc-bde8-76040c2aeb53&subId=722882
A4 made a brief submission on disability advocacy. There would be little point to making a real effort with a submission like this since the views of the autism community are disregarded anyway.
A4's submission raised numerous concerns, such as:
A4's interim submission on the sustainability of the NDIS is available online.
The submission contains some recent data about the number of people diagnosed formally with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and receiving either an NDIS plan or Carer's Allowance (child). These diagnosis rates are often interpreted as indicators of autism prevalence in our community.
The following data is reported in Annex A.
A4's brief and somewhat rushed submission on proposed changes to the NDIS legislation is available below.
The government gave the disability sector insufficient time to respond to its proposed changes. Parts of the disability sector have received legal advice that the limited time allowed is disability discrimination. It certainly shows that the government's aim to build trust (following the Independent Assessments debacle) and to work with the sector is insubstantial.
A4 made a late submission in response to DSS's consultation on a National Disability Employment Strategy.
Basically, A4 felt that DSS's proposed holistic strategy to address disability employment over the next decade is the same as it was for the last decade: it's the same strategy expecting a different result. Rather thank acting on what they "think" might work, some of the 10 years could be used to determine reliably what does work for the various parts of the disability sector, then implement working approaches more widely.
A4 sent a short submission (see below) to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for its series of online regional consultations with people with disabilities, through their representative organizations. The Committee's information says: