Boodi’s NDIS funding was approved yesterday.  We first registered with them the day after his diagnosis on January 20, and we were shocked to find that no one could give us a time frame for when the funding would come through, though his diagnosis automatically ensured eligibility, and everyone spoke of how critical early intervention is.  We heard some very disheartening stories, and came to realise that the scheme was perhaps not going to be the shining panacea that we imagined.  We took on an advocate; a lovely man with an autistic son and a soft Scottish accent, who came and sat at our kitchen table and gave advice.  Al made repeated, firm phonecalls, but we resigned ourselves to a much longer wait than…