The Australian Disability Parking Scheme (ADPS) includes an Australian Disability Parking Permit, which is recognised nationally.
It establishes nationally consistent eligibility criteria and national minimum parking concessions to help reduce the barriers for permit holders when travelling interstate.
Permit holders can:
- park in disability parking spaces that display the international symbol of access
- receive concessions in public parking spaces where signs or metres show specific time limits
State and Territory Governments are responsible for the management of the ADPS. Most States and Territories 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 meets eligibility criteria.
Enquiries about permit applications, cost, eligibility and use, should be directed to your relevant State or Territory authority:
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia
Find out more about Australian Disability Parking Scheme here.
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 during business hours and 1800 059 059 for emergency respite support outside standard business hours.
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.
Short Term Accommodation
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is person-centred, strengths-based and takes the perspective of the participant, therefore the concept of ‘Respite’ is reframed as ‘Short Term Accommodation’. Short Term Accommodation (STA) is about giving your child a change and a break from his or her home routines and can be a way to build capacity, foster independence and the development of relationships with people outside the family. For more information about how the NDIS can assist click here.
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 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. Click here to 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.
When the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rolls out in your area, it should fund reasonable and necessary continence supports for your child with ASD. Be sure to provide supporting documentation that outlines your child’s continence support needs for NDIS planning meetings. For more information about NDIS supports click here.
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.
The National Companion Card Scheme brings together State and Territory Companion Card programs that enable eligible people with lifelong disability to participate at venues and activities without incurring the cost of a second ticket for their companion.
The cardholder presents their card at participating affiliate organisations to purchase a ticket or pay an entry fee and receive a ticket for their companion at no extra charge.
You can find out more about Companion Cards here.