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Disability and chronic illness

Caring for a disabled child brings a lot of joy but can also present unique challenges. Parents of children with disabilities are protected by law and have rights in regards to discrimination, education and accessibility. Parents of disabled children may also be eligible for financial assistance and other support for their child.

What is a childhood disability?

Learn more about childhood disabilities such as congenital disorders, disabilities developed after birth and disabilities caused by injury.

What is a congenital disorder?

Congenital disorder, also known as congenital disease or birth defects, are conditions present from birth. Find out more about congenital disorders.

Dealing with a disability

Learn more about how to talk with others about your child’s disability, dealing with your feelings, educating others, and early intervention and next ...

Caring for a child with autism

Caring for a child with autism has its own unique challenges. Find out what to do if your child is diagnosed with autism and where to get assistance.

Caring for a child with Asperger's disorder

If your child has been diagnosed with Asperger’s disorder, it's important to have support. Find out where you can get financial and emotional assistan...

Early childhood intervention

Early childhood intervention supports the needs and development of children with disabilities, through intensive, tailored and high-quality therapy. F...

Disability and parenting support

Disability and parenting support is available such as government support, information services, non-profit, charity and parent support groups and care...

Disability financial support

Disability financial support is available from the Federal, State and Territory governments. Find out more about the benefits your child may be entitl...

Disability rights

Disabled children have the same rights to education and other services as other kids. Learn more about disability rights and where to seek assistance.

Need more information?

Caring for someone with an ongoing illness | Carers SA

Read more on Carers SA website

Chronic illness | Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

Many children (10-20%) have a chronic illness, such as asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, eczema or arthritis

Read more on Sydney Children's Hospitals Network website

Caring for someone with an illness or disability - Services Australia

You can get financial help and other services if you care for someone with a disability, an illness or who is frail aged.

Read more on Centrelink website

Sibling Concerns | Siblings Australia

Sibling Concerns Below are some of the concerns of siblings of children with disability (including any developmental delay, disability, chronic illness or mental illness)

Read more on Siblings Australia website

Signs of Stress | Siblings Australia

Signs of Stress Below are some of the concerns of siblings of children with disability (including any developmental delay, disability, chronic illness or mental illness)

Read more on Siblings Australia website

Intellectual disability | Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

What is intellectual disability? A child with an intellectual disability learns and develops more slowly than other children

Read more on Sydney Children's Hospitals Network website

National Disability Insurance Scheme | enableme - stroke recovery and support

Get the information, tips and techniques to equip you in your stroke recovery

Read more on Stroke Foundation website

Carers - partnering with you | SA Health

SA Health is partnering with Carers SA to ensure better carer engagement in our health care services.

Read more on SA Health website

Developmental delay | Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

What is developmental delay? Children develop many skills in their early years of life

Read more on Sydney Children's Hospitals Network website

How can FASD be identified? RFFADA

How can FASD be identified? It is not necessary for a diagnosis to be made before certain strategies, interventions and accommodations can be put into place

Read more on rffada – Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association website

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