The Andrews Labor Government has released a five-year plan to provide autistic Victorians greater opportunities for choice and community participation.
Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan has launched the Victorian Autism Plan with representatives of the Autism Plan Advisory Group who contributed to the plan’s development.
The Victorian Autism Plan sets out actions to improve the lives of autistic Victorians and their families and carers, backed by $7.1 million in funding.
This is in addition to Victoria’s contribution to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which recently supported the delivery of more than $9 million for Victorian Autism peak body Amaze to create a national information helpline.
This also builds on the Government’s $217 million investment in the Victorian Budget 2019-20 to make our schools more inclusive, with more funding to support children with disability and additional needs.
The plan’s key commitments include improving community attitudes towards autistic people, and increasing opportunities for education, economic participation and access to assessment, diagnosis and early intervention.
The plan will support a media campaign to encourage positive behaviour towards people with autism and an expansion of the Access All Abilities sports and recreation program.
To read the plan and find out more visit www.statedisabilityplan.vic.gov.au