Autism Services

Amaze Autism Spectrum Information and Referral Service: For individuals, families and professionals

Amaze is the peak body for people on the autism spectrum and their supporters in Victoria. Amaze raises awareness and influences positive change for people on the autism spectrum and their families/supporters and provides independent, credible information and resources to individuals, families, professionals, government and the wider community.

Amaze’s Information Officer is available to assist you to access information about the autism spectrum, and to point you in the direction of services and supports that might be able to help you further.

AMAZE Website
Phone: 1300 308 699
Email: info@amaze.org.au
PO Box 374
Carlton South
VIC 3053

Carers Victoria – NDIS Support

Carers Victoria recently launched a new free NDIS Carer Advisory Service that is set to provide personalised phone-based support for carers and families supporting a person to transition to the NDIS.
Our team can assist you to get ready for the NDIS, resolve issues and provide advice to assist with the transition. This service is available to carers in all regions of Victoria.
To contact the team call our Carer Advisory Line on 1800 242 636.

Find A Carer

The NDIS is gradually being rolled out across Australia. It provides funding so that you can access the support you need to live the life you want. If you self-manage your NDIS funding, you can use your funding to choose your team of supporters using the Find a Carer interface. If you have an independent plan manager, they can work with you to choose your support team. Some people who have their NDIS funding managed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) can still utilise the Find a Carer service by selecting an NDIA registered Service Provider on Find a Carer.

Find a Carer

Mansfield Autism Statewide Services

The Mansfield Autism Statewide Service offers:

  • Travelling teacher service – (In home support and educational support)
  • Family Camps
  • Boarding residence for children attending Mansfield Autism School away from home. (12 students aged 6-18 years)
  • Dookie Secondary School (12 students aged 11-18 years)
  • Facility Based Respite (0-18years)

The service is available to all school-aged children (primary and secondary) with a diagnosis of Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.  Local families have found this service extremely helpful; however there are long waiting lists to access the service and some fees. You can use NDIS funding to access this service.

Contact:
Mansfield Autism Statewide Services
81 Highett Street MANSFIELD
Phone: (03) 5775 2876
info@autismmansfield.org.au

 

 NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)is a new way of providing community linking and individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. It is being rolled out be the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), an independent statutory agency whose role is to implement the scheme. The NDIS will provide support for individuals 0-65 with a permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to take part in every day life. They provide information and referrals, links to services and activities, individualised plans and where necessary, supports over a lifetime. This includes reasonable and necessary financial support based on an individuals needs and goals.

Individuals and their families accessing the scheme will have planning meetings and then access to Local Area Coordinators (LAC) to deliver Support Connection for a limited time. However, you may like to request funding for a Support Coordinator to help you implement your plan.  These Support Coordinators are available with a lot of disability services locally such as: Interchange, Amicus, Scope and Golden City Support Services.

The NDIS is being rolled out now within the local government areas of Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Greater Bendigo, Loddon, Macedon Ranges and Mount Alexander by the agency – Intereach. If you would like to test you or your child’s eligibility, go to the NDIS website and click on Participant because that’s what you will be called under this scheme. If you believe you are eligible you can fill out an Access Request Form and begin planning for the NDIS.  It’s a good idea to download one of these workbooks “NDIS Planning Workbook”  or ” Getting ready for your planning conversation” and work through it, so you are prepared.

If your child is aged 0-6 years, you’ll meet with an NDIS early learning partner, which is Intereach in the Loddon region. Go to the Early Intervention section on the Intereach website and the Raising Children website for more detail about early intervention.

Another useful resource for your application is a Carer’s Statement. Carers have the option to provide a Carer Statement to the NDIS planner. This statement can explain how their caring role affects them, whether they are able and willing to keep caring the same way into the future and any other information they think would be important for the planner to know. It’s important for carers to talk about their ability to care and their needs in a written statement or at the planning meetings to ensure they’re supported in their role. The Carers Australia website has a lot of useful information about supporting Participants. Click here for more information.