Regulations vary from state to state, however most states acknowledge that individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder may fit the criteria for a Mobility Parking Permit where the criteria specifies being able to walk independently.
A tendency to abscond and/or the inability to understand or obey road safety rules may be taken into consideration by the GP when deciding if the individual is eligible.
Benefits of the Mobility Parking Permit include:
- Ability to park in mobility spots
- No money required to be paid in parking meter
- Ability to stay longer in time limited parking spots
Check with your state Road and Traffic Authority to confirm eligibility, application procedures and costs.
The Commonwealth Carer Respite Centres provide free and confidential information on local carer support, disability and community services. You can contact your nearest centre by phoning 1800 052 222.
There are also many private organisations that provide respite services and emergency respite services. They are often state based and you can find these via an internet search or by contacting your local state autism association.
Remember that Respite is as much about giving your child a change and a break from his or her home routines as it is about doing the same for you.
Respite can be a terrific way to foster independence and the development of relationships with people outside the family.
Continence Aids Payments Scheme (CAPS)
It can take longer for some children and teenagers with a disability to learn to go to the toilet. The Continence Aids Pa Payment Scheme offers financial assistance to children over the age of 5 who are not yet toilet trained and require nappies.
To apply for the scheme an application form must be completed by a health professional.
Payments are made either annually or biannually to eligible recipients via Medicare.
Read more about CAPS.
There are also state based programs that can offer assistance with the cost of continence aids. To find out more about what is available in your state visit the Continence Exchange website.
Public Toilets and access
Knowing where the nearest toilet is and being able to use every toilet available can be a real blessing.
The National Public Toilet Map provides details on all of Australia’s 16,000 public toilets on their website and app. Details such as accessibility and opening hours are noted.
Many accessible toilets require a MLAK key which you can request from the Master Locksmiths Association.