Web resources: Disability and carers

The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations
AFDO is the primary national voice to government that represents the interests of all people with disability across Australia.

Autism Spectrum Australia
Provides information, education and other services through partnerships with people with autism spectrum disorders, their families and communities.

Carers Australia
Carers Australia is a not for profit, benevolent national peak organisation dedicated to improving the lives of carers. Carers Australia's highest priority is to promote recognition of the important role that carers have in the community and to empower carers by making them better informed and resourced.

Children with a disability
An online resource for parents of children with a disability is now available from the Raising Children Network.

Department of Human Services (DHS) - Office for Disability
The Office for Disability (the Office) was established in 2006 with a mandate to put disability on the agenda across the Victorian Government.

Department of Social Services (DSS) - Programs & Services
Provides information for people with disability, service providers, carers and parents of children with a disability. (Formerly FaHCSIA)

Developmental delay - an information guide for parents (PDF 1.5 MB)
This guide is an informative and easy-to-read introduction to developmental delay for parents. It includes information on what is normal development and what is developmental delay, assessment, helpful people and services.

Disability Loop
Disability Loop is a way to find out more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It includes resources, news and events relating to the NDIS.

Healthy Start
An Australia-wide strategy to support parents with learning difficulties and promote a healthy start to life for their young children. Parent education and practitioner resources are available.

Life-Changing Journeys: Helping to build stronger, healthier relationships for couples with a young child with disability
A recent addition to the Keys for Living Together series, this DVD with booklet provides information and tips for parents with a young child with a disability to help deal with the changes and challenges they may encounter.

Ministerial Advisory Committee: Students with Disabilities
Two resources are available on this site to assist parents and carers of children with disability. The booklets raise awareness about the safety and wellbeing of children with disability and highlight where parents and carers can go for advice. They include information on why children with disability are more vulnerable to abuse and neglect and provide practical help about what parents and carers can do to protect their children. 

Helps parents of young children with a disability or chronic medical condition by bringing them together with other parents to socialise and share ideas. Groups act as a support network for parents, where they can discuss experiences, thoughts and ideas. Parents will be kept up to date with new information and resources at meetings and can communicate online with other MyTime members throughout Australia.

NABS provides interpreters free of charge to any person who uses sign language, including Aboriginal and Islander Sign Language, to communicate and would like an interpreter for private medical appointments. Services are available to:

  • Hearing parents who have a deaf child who uses sign language
  • Deaf parents who have a deaf child who uses sign language
  • Deaf parents who have a hearing child

National Disability Services
National Disability Services (previously ACROD) is the national industry association for disability services, representing over 600 not-for-profit organisations.

Queensland Government: Department of Education and Training
Lists state-wide programs and services to complement local support services. These include:

Queensland Government: Prevention and Early Childhood Intervention
The department works with the community and other agencies to promote prevention and early intervention services for children and young people.

Siblings Australia
Siblings Australia is a unique national organisation committed to enhancing the wellbeing of the siblings of children with disabilities and chronic illness.

Support for primary-aged siblings of children/adolescents with a disability.

Starting school: Stories from parents of children with a disability
This DVD identifies strategies to ease the transition to school. To order a copy, phone the Early Childhood Intervention Infoline 1300 65 68 65.

There's No Such Thing As A Silly Question
A practical guide for families living with a child with chronic illness, disability, mental illness or a life-threatening condition. The aim of this book is to assist parents of children with chronic illness, disability, mental illness, or a life-threatening illness to find their way around the medical and community systems. There's No Such Thing As A Silly Question will help parents identify and access the help and support they think is appropriate for them, their child and their family.

Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA)
The peak organisation for women with all types of disabilities in Australia, and is run by women with disabilities, for women with disabilities. It is the only organisation of its kind in Australia and one of only a very small number internationally. The website contains a information and links to an extensive range of relevant material and organisations.

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