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Down Syndrome NSW

Down Syndrome NSW is a community based, not-for-profit organisation that was established by families of people with Down syndrome in 1980.

Down Syndrome NSW supports and promotes the interests of all people with Down Syndrome, their families and carers. The organisation provides various support and information services, educational workshops and adult development programs.



Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is a not-for-profit provider of services and assistance to people on the autism spectrum and their families. Aspect is committed to helping people on the autism spectrum achieve their potential by building the confidence and capacity of individuals, their families and their communities.


Cerebral Palsy Alliance

Information, services and research for people with cerebral palsy and their families.


Speech Pathology Australia

Speech Pathology Australia is the national peak body for the speech pathology profession in Australia, striving for excellence and recognition for the profession and representing the interests of members and their clients with communication and swallowing difficulties.


Better Start for Children with Disability Initiative

The Better Start for Children with Disability (Better Start) initiative includes:

  • up to $12,000 in funding for early intervention services and treatments for eligible children
  • additional assistance for eligible children who live in outer-regional, rural or remote locations to help with the costs of accessing services
  • a Medicare item for the development of a treatment and management plan for eligible children up to the age of 13
  • Medicare items for up to four allied health diagnostic services, the results of which contribute to the development of the treatment and management plan, and
  • Medicare items for up to 20 relevant allied health services in total for each eligible child up to the age of 15 provided the treatment and management plan is in place before the age of 13.

Helping Children with Autism – Early Intervention Assistance Through The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)

The Early Intervention funding under the Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) package is aimed at providing increased access to Early Intervention for children aged zero to six years with an ASD. The funding supports the delivery of multidisciplinary evidence based Early Intervention to facilitate improved cognitive, emotional and social development prior to a child starting school. To be eligible for the early intervention funding package a child must have been seen by an Autism Advisor and deemed eligible to access the program before their sixth birthday. The $12,000 in funding under the early intervention component can be used until the child’s seventh birthday to a maximum of $6,000 per financial year.

Eligible families can access service providers from the panel of Early Intervention Service Providers, which includes Parramatta Speech, Language & Literacy Solutions.


The Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children provides education, school, preschool and support services, help and information to children who have significant hearing and/or vision impairment, including children who have additional disabilities.


Vision Australia

Not for profit organisation providing services, facilities, and information to visually impaired persons.

The Hanen Centre

The Hanen Centre website provides parents and other caregivers with up-to-date information and research about language and literacy development in young children.

The Hanen Centre has been an innovator in family-focused early language intervention, supporting parents, speech-language pathologists and educators worldwide in their efforts to develop language and literacy skills in preschool children.

The Hanen Centre provides research-based parent programs and resources as well as professional development within four areas of expertise: General Language and Literacy Development, Language Delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger Syndrome.


Carers Australia

Carers Australia is the national peak body representing carers in Australia.

Carers Australia works with the Carers Associations in each of the state and territories to deliver carer programs and services and advocate on behalf of all carers.

Carers NSW oversees applications for the Better Start for Children with Disability funding that is provided through the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).

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