NDIS & ADHD: what’s the deal? The introduction of the NDIS was a big change in how disability supports are funded. But can you use NDIS funding for ADHD?
Does the NDIS cover ADHD?
So if it isn’t classed as a disability in Australia, can you use NDIS funding for ADHD?
Just because ADHD isn’t specifically classed as a disability doesn’t mean you can’t use NDIS funding you already qualify for to use toward ADHD treaments.
NDIS ADHD: How you may qualify
You can’t qualify for NDIS based on an ADHD diagnosis alone, but depending on your situation you may be able to allocate some of your funds to improve your attention and memory skills.
There’s a list of disabilities covered by the NDIS on the NDIS website. Unfortunately, ADHD isn’t on the list.
However, many individuals with ADHD already qualify for the NDIS for a different reason, such as being Autistic. Or you may live with a physical disability and receive supports from the NDIS.
If you already qualify for the NDIS for another disability, you may be able to use some of your funding for ADHD supports.
If you already qualify for the NDIS, you have already chosen a plan management type.
Possible diagnoses to qualify for NDIS funding
- Deficiency in intellectual functioning – including reasoning, planning, learning and problem solving.
- Deficiency in ‘adaptive functioning’ – that is, it’s difficult for the individual to function independently.
- These issues began during childhood, not when they were an adult.
Cognitive impairment is a form of intellectual disability.
According the the NSW Health website, “An individual may be eligible to become a participant of the NDIS where cognitive impairment affects their ability to participate at home, at school, at work and/or in social situations.”
Our NDIS ADHD programs
- NDIS website, List A: Conditions that are likely to meet the disability requirements
- NSW Health Department website, Cognitive Impairment and the NDIS
- NDIS website, How to apply
- NDIS website, Providing evidence of your disability
- National Library of Medicine website, Clinical Characteristics of Intellectual Disabilities
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