Supporting children

The hopes you have for your child’s future will not be different from any other parent. You’ll want your child to be happy, healthy and have every opportunity to reach their potential.

Finding financial support

Finding financial support means you and your family will be able to meet your day-to-day living expenses. There may also be additional costs associated with your child’s disability that you need help with.

Support with learning

The support with learning section looks at the supports available to help your young child’s learning journey right from the start.

Living options

The living options section is not just about finding support in the home, but also about finding networks of support in the community where you and your family live.

Accessibility and mobility

Many children with disabilities will need equipment and modifications so they can learn to be independent. Accessibility and mobility looks at ways to ensure your child can move around home, school, and the wider community.


Learn how to support the wellbeing of your child, and your own physical and mental wellbeing too.


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