People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can access a range of disability support services to enable them to live everyday lives and to connect with the wider community.
The package of disability support services is determined according to the person’s identified individual disability support needs by a Needs Assessment Services Coordination (NASC) organisation. Disability supports are funded by Disability Support Services in the Ministry of Health.
Support services for people with ASD
The following ASD-specific support services are available:
- ASD-specific Disability Information and Advisory Services (DIAS)
- ASD parent education (ASD Plus, TIPS for Autism, Growing up with Autism)
- ASD Communication and Behaviour Support
- ASD Developmental Coordination.
There is also a range of other disability support services which include such services as home and community supports, supported living, respite and carer support.
Accessing disability support services
People with ASD may be eligible for disability support services and can contact their local NASC organisation. The NASC will undertake a needs assessment to determine what disability-related needs a person may have. The NASC may then allocate disability supports to meet the identified disability-related needs.
Eligibility criteria is nationally consistent
Disability Support Services (DSS) has developed a clear, nationally consistent approach to accessing disability support services for people with ASD. From 2 April 2014:
- people with a sole diagnosis of ASD as well as people with ASD and another co-existing physical, intellectual or sensory disability can access disability supports through DSS
- people who currently access disability support services will have no change to their level of support.
People who would like to find out if they can access disability support services should contact their local Needs Assessment Service Coordinator.
To find out more about ASD see our Your Health guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder.