Better Start

The Better Start for Children with Disability initiative provides early intervention funding to children registered before the age of 6 years old who have a confirmed diagnosis* of: Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, Deafblindness, Vision impairment, Hearing impairment, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome, Kabuki Syndrome, Smith-Magenis Syndrome, CHARGE Syndrome, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, Cri du Chat Syndrome or Microcephaly.

Funding is accessible for use until the child turns 7 years old.

Also available are the Moving Forward workshops. These have been developed for parents and guardians whose child is preparing for, or has recently entered, primary school and who are looking at how to best support their child during this transition period.

Attendees have the opportunity to learn more about the systems, therapies and supports available for their child when the Better Start period concludes, as well as discuss and share experiences, challenges and aspirations for the future with other families.

The Better Start initiative is funded by the Department of Social Services. Carers Australia is funded to deliver the Better Start Registration and Information Service (RIS) component of the Initiative. The RIS assists families by providing information about Better Start, registering eligible children and providing information about services and other forms of assistance they may be entitled to.

*Thresholds and eligibility criteria apply

Visit the Better Start website for more information about the program and the Registration & Information Service.

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