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The facts listed below, just confirm what has become common knowledge amongst those within the Disability world.  Without the correct support people with disabilities have a high chance as they age of becoming isolated from society or unable to participate within the community.

This information backs up the fact that NDIS Core support is critical at all ages, to ensure that these statics do not stay like they are currently, but decrease in the future, it is very essential in the main learning years.

Facts

Reference: AIHW’s main report People with disability in Australia.

“Specialist disability support services

  • About 157,000 people received open employment services under the National Disability Agreement (NDA) in 2018–19.
  • Around 339,000 people were active participants in the National Disability Insuranc Scheme (NDIS) at 31 December 2019.
  • More than 3 in 5 (63%) active NDIS participants are male.
  • 4 in 10 (40%) active NDIS participants are aged 14 and under.

Reference:  AIHW’s main report People with disability in Australia.”

“Differences in eligibility are also evident among disability groups by age group and gender. For example:

  • 52% of ever eligible applicants aged 14 and under have autism and 0.2% have psychosocial disability
  • 43% aged 15–24 have autism and 3.1% have psychosocial disability
  • 5.9% aged 25–64 have autism and 21% have psychosocial disability

Reference:  AIHW’s main report People with disability in Australia.”

“Not everyone with disability receives all the help they need from formal services.

Common activities for which the need for formal assistance was unmet include:

  • cognitive or emotional tasks (34% of people with disability living in households who
  • need formal assistance with that activity)
  • communication (31%)
  • property maintenance (29%)
  • household chores (26%)
  • health care (15%)
  • mobility (16%) (ABS 2019b).

The reasons given for not receiving any or more help from an organised service with at least 1 activity include:

  • service costs too much (33% of people with disability with an unmet need for formal assistance)
  • did not know of service (20%)
  • will not ask or pride (14%)
  • service does not provide sufficient hours (13%)
  • no service available (12%)
  • unable to arrange service (14%)

Reference:  AIHW’s main report People with disability in Australia.”