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Support services for young people



Association for Children with a Disability Inc

An information, support and advocacy organisation for children with a disability and their families in Victoria, Australia. 

acd.org.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/acdvic


Association for Children with Disability (Tas)

A non profit organisation that provides information, advocacy and support for Tasmanian families of children with disability.  



Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare (AWCH)

AWCH is a national organisation advocating for the needs of children, young people and families within the health care system in Australia. - See more at: http://www.awch.org.au/#sthash.pwhBxaBJ.dpuf
AWCH is a national organisation advocating for the needs of children, young people and families within the health care system in Australia. - See more at: http://www.awch.org.au/#sthash.pwhBxaBJ.dpuf

AWCH is a national organisation advocating for the needs of children, young people and families within the health care system in Australia. 

Web: www.awch.org.au/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/awchkids


Better start initiative

Early intervention funding



Children and Young People with Disability

Provides a link between the direct experiences of children and young people with disability and their families to federal government and other key stakeholders.



Chronic Illness Peer Support (ChIPS)

ChIPS is a vibrant adolescent peer support program for young people who are:

  • 12-25 years of age with a primary diagnosis of chronic illness,
  • Living with a chronic illness or condition that affects their daily life,
  • Are able to attend Eight Week Peer Support Group or a two day Intensive Group,
  • Are ready and able to participate/function well in a group setting.



Government Financial and other supports



Noah's Ark

Provide services and support to families of children with disabilities and developmental delays, and support to Early Childhood Education and Care services.



Special Children Services Centre Inc

Special Children Services Centre Inc (SCSC) aims to  assist families of people with autism, developmental delay and intellectual disabilities, especially those from CALD backgroung by providing professional training, therapy program and practical services. 



Scope Better Start Early Days workshops

Still finding your way in the disability system? Is your child eligible for $12,000 in funding to assist with maximising their potential through therapy?

The free Better Start Early Days Workshops will help you understand the funding and services available for young children with a disability.

Who is eligible to receive support under Better Start?
Eligible children are aged under six years and have been diagnosed with Cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, moderate or greater hearing or vision impairments, including deafblindness, Prader Willi, Williams, Angelmen, Kabuki, Smith-Magenis, CHARGE, Cornelia de Lange, Cri du Chat syndromes, Microcephaly or Rett's Disorder.



Youth Disability Advocacy Service Victoria

The Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) is raising voices, expanding choices and creating change for young people with disabilities in Victoria

YDAS works alongside young people with disabilities between the ages of 12 and 25 to raise awareness of their rights and to support them to achieve what they want.

We provide one-on-one support through our individual advocacy service and also work on broader social issues affecting young people with disabilities through our systemic advocacy. This broader work is directed by the YDAS steering committee whose membership is made up exclusively of young people with a range of disabilities from across Victoria.

YDAS is a service of the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic). We are funded by the Office for Disability.

Web: www.ydas.org.au
YouTube: www.youtube.com/YDASVic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/YdasVic


Variety's Smile Program

Variety's Smile Program provides responsive financial and practical assistance and facilitating access to information, resources and services for the families and carers of children affected by a rare disease or condition.

Variety's Smile Medical Support Grant provides assistance to families with a child who has a rare disease or condition, to purchase minor items and services relating to their child's healthcare, over a 12 month period. Through this program Variety provides a grants of $1,000 for expenses relating to medical appointments, healthcare items, therapy, respite care, parking and fuel, and can be applied for once every 12 months. 

The Case Management Service provides the service of a Case Manager for families affected by rare diseases and conditions. Variety's Smile Case Manager will be available to support families affected by rare disease, helping to find support networks and assistance (includes financial, emotional and physical support).

More info here.


Variety's Caring for Kids Program

Through Variety's Caring for Kids Program, Variety helps parents care for their sick children at home by providing financial support for medical items and equipment.

More info here.


Variety's Future Kids Program

Through Variety's Future Kids Program, Variety helps children realise their potential by providing financial support and scholarships for education and communication needs.

More info here.


Website resources

Developing Your Child's Self-Esteem



City of Melbourne Youth Support services



Youth Central


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