Aim: The introduction of the National DisabilityInsurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia will mergecurrent approaches to funding allocation into a moreconsistent and equitable method based on individualsupport needs. This project sought to determine apractical and validated methodology for assessingsupport needs in people with intellectual disabilities(ID) by examining which measures best fulﬁl NDISrequirements, how each measure predicts support need,and which are most user-friendly. Method: 30individuals (22 males, 8 females) in Queensland,Australia completed three existing measures of supportneed, including the Inventory for Client and AgencyPlanning (ICAP), the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS)and the Instrument for the Classiﬁcation andAssessment of Support Needs (ICAN). Results: Datawill summarise the ﬁndings, including an analysis of how eachmeasure shows different predictions for primary support needs,and how these difference s may affect the nature and degree offunding allocated under the forthcoming NDIS. Conclusions:A parsimonious assessment process for people with ID requiringfunding under the NDIS will be presented.
15th International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Development Disabilities (IASSIDD) World Congress, Melbourne, Australia 15-19 August 2016
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research / Vol. 60, No. 7-8, pp.797