Walsh wants autism help
PETER Walsh has called for an inquiry into autism services to spread to the Murray Plains electorate.
The All Party Inquiry into Autism Services is looking into the availability of services for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
After the first public hearing outside Melbourne was recently heard in Geelong, the Nationals leader and local MP has invited the panel inquiry to visit Murray Plains.
‘‘Autism spectrum disorder affects so many young children, but it also makes a significant impact on the entire family with a variety of social, financial, and practical demands,’’ Mr Walsh said.
‘‘A public hearing in our community will provide an important opportunity to highlight to the inquiry the demanding challenges autism presents in a rural setting.
‘‘Our demand far outweighs our services, and this inquiry provides a perfect opportunity to make our voices heard.’’
The terms of reference include, but are not limited to:
the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder in Victoria;
the availability and adequacy of services;
the adequacy of services to be provided under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS);
the evidence of the social and economic cost of failing to provide adequate services; and,
the projected demand for services in Victoria.
Mr Walsh said he hoped to build a strong argument to influence the inquiry to visit the electorate.
‘‘I encourage any of my constituents who are impacted by autism in any way and who wish to support my call for a local public hearing to contact me either by website www.peterwalsh.org.au or by email email@example.com,” he said.