Autism Spectrum Australia
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is the country's largest not-for-profit autism specific service provider. Their aim is to 'overcome the isolation of autism' and their mission is to 'build confidence and capacity with people who have an autism spectrum disorder, their families and communities by providing information, education and other services'.
Helping Children With Autism Funding - FaHCSIA
Children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Pervasive Developmental Disorder- Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) may be eligible to receive support from the Federal Government to access additional services and resources that support your child's intervention program.
http://www.fahcsia.gov.au (follow the links to Helping Children with Autism for more information regarding resources that you may be able to apply for).
Better Start Early Intervention for Children with Disability Initiative
The Federal Government has recently announced additional funding that will become available from July 2011 for some children with a disability. Stay tuned for updated information about this new funding!
http://www.fahcsia.gov.au (follow the links to the Better Start Initiative)
AUSPELD, The Australian Federation of SPELD Associations, responds to the needs of children and adults with Specific Learning Difficulties/Disabilities, such as the learning disability dyslexia, and those who care for, teach, and work with them, through the dissemination of information, advocacy, research, and support.
Lifestart, a registered charity, provides early childhood intervention and school aged services to children with additional needs, including Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, global developmental delay and rare genetic disorders. Lifestart provides a family centred approach to meeting the needs of children living with disability and their families. It is based on the concept of partnership with children, families and carers to assist and empower them to participate meaningfully and inclusively in our community.
Although Lifestart receives some funding from government, it relies heavily on fundraising to be able to deliver services to children with a disability and their families. Families and supporters play an important part in raising the money to keep services operating. Last year Lifestart assisted over 500 families across its seven branches..
Raising Children Network
With a consortium of three of Australia's leading early-childhood agencies at its core, the Raising Children website was developed with the help of an extensive network including the Australian Government. Offering information raising children and maintaining a happy family life there is a wealth of information that may be of use to all parents.
If you would like to recommend a link that would be beneficial to other parents and families please send it to us for review.