Better Start Funding

We are so lucky, from the 1st of July 2011 the Australian Government are providing children with Cerebral palsy $12000 (max $6000/year) for early intervention services.

These services include:

  • audiology
  • occupational therapy
  • orthoptics
  • physiotherapy
  • psychology and
  • speech pathology.

 Up to 35% of a child’s early intervention funding can be used for the purchase of resources. This means that up to $4,200 in total out of the $12,000 can be used for resources, up to a total of $2,100 in any one financial year. Resources that are purchased with Better Start funds must:

  • be recommended by the child’s Better Start service provider, and
  • be directly linked with the early intervention services being delivered to the child, and/or
  • provide support for the delivery of interventions at home.

This is going to make a huge difference to Cayla and a lot of other children with disabilities as we can now not only use the free service provided by TCCP but also private therapy such as Wize Therapy and Kids are Kids!  I wonder if an Ipad is a reasonable resource request……? ;)

http://betterstart.net.au/what-is-better-start/    http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/sa/disability/progserv/people/betterstart/Pages/better_start_early_intervention.aspx#1

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