Boost for young children with a disability

December 02, 2022 10:51 AM AEDT | By AAPNEWS
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Children with newly-diagnosed disabilities and emerging developmental concerns will be backed by government grants to give them access to supportive playgroups and schools.

The $13.8 million federal government funding, which sits outside the National Disability Insurance Scheme, will also look to give the children extra opportunities to socialise with peers in a supported environment.

Projects led by Autism Queensland and the Australian Catholic University have been funded.

Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth said the government needed to look out for people who don't qualify for the NDIS by providing them the right support services.

"It is money that should be seen as a complement to the NDIS, we know there are a lot of children and also older people living with disability that don't qualify for the NDIS," she told ABC Radio.

"We'll be providing social and emotional support for children with disability and their families because we know that families need that extra support.... we need to make sure there are supports and services in place for those people as well."

Ms Rishworth said systems across the board need to upskill and ensure they're ready to meet the needs of kids living with disability.

"This is not the sole responsibility of the NDIS, we need to get all our service systems actually meeting the needs of children living with disability," she said.


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