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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.

Your feelings about your child's 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 spectrum disorder (ASD)

If your child has been diagnosed as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD) it's important to have support. Find out how to get financial and emotional ...

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 rights for children

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

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