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How Australian Businesses are Stepping Up to Support Autism Funding Amidst NDIS Cuts?


Brendan Wavell-Smith, Director of Prima Commercial Fitouts, leads the charge in safeguarding services for Australians with autism.

In light of proposed changes to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) that may reduce funding for autism services, Brendan Wavell-Smith, Director of Prima Commercial Fitouts, is championing the need for sustained support for individuals with autism.

Recent reports and advocacy voices have highlighted concerns regarding the NDIS's future direction, including debates around funding allocations for autism diagnoses. 

Amid forecasts of the NDIS's cost potentially reaching $93 billion, the Australian government, led by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, is considering proposals to ensure the scheme's sustainability.

This includes a focus on optimising resources and enhancing the scheme's effectiveness for Australians with disabilities, and a potential rollback of funding for people with autism.

Wavell-Smith has voiced his concerns regarding the potential changes stating that scaling back autism funding in the NDIS could have far-reaching effects, hindering the progress and well-being of many Australians.

Under Wavell-Smith’s leadership, Prima Commercial Fitouts is reinforcing its support for initiatives like STEPS Pathways College, aiming to mitigate any adverse effects of possible funding alterations.

“Our engagement with STEPS Pathways College is more critical than ever, ensuring that those with autism continue to receive essential support and education,” said Wavell-Smith.

STEPS Pathways College offers a unique program tailored to empower young adults with disabilities to live independently.

The college's Managing Director Carmel Crouch emphasised the proposed changes to the NDIS pose a significant concern, especially for young Australians with autism.

“It’s crucial that we safeguard their futures by ensuring they continue to receive the support they need to fulfill their potential,” Crouch said. "Support from organisations like Prima Commercial Fitouts is instrumental in helping us maintain and expand our vital programs."

Wavell-Smith calls on other businesses and community leaders to rally in support of organisations aiding individuals with autism.

In these challenging times, our collective effort can make a significant difference in protecting the futures of those impacted by NDIS revisions,” Wavell-Smith said.

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