MCFD announced this morning that Direct Funding is back as an option, but only for those children aged 12 to 18. The funding remains at $6,000 and won’t take effect until Sept 2013.
This should enable your child to benefit from a wider range of activities than he/she would be able to access using Invoice Funding. One of the requirements is that your child must have been on Invoice Funding for at least two years. If your child has an autistic sibling over the age of six, they would both qualify for Direct Funding.
The administrative details will come later and I’m sure they will be as bizarre and unwieldy as Invoice Funding, but nonetheless it is a positive step forward. When they finally publish the details, you can be sure I will have more to say about it.
The link to the news release is below.