QLD Mums Checklist
for a newly diagnosed
Child on the Spectrum
By Alison Cantwell Lyons
Register your child as a client of Autism Queensland
Register with Carers Queensland, and take advantage of their new CARE Program for just $10 allowing you great discounts all year.
If your child is under the age of 6yrs you would be eligible for the HCWA Helping Children With Autism package
Talk to a Social Worker from Centrelink to see what financial entitlements you might be eligible for. They also have a Carers Adjustment Payment available for people who receive the carers payment and their child is under 7yrs
Apply for a Carer Business Discount Card
Contact Disability Services and request support
If your child is a danger to themselves around cars/car parks and has ADD/ADHD you could apply for a Red Permit
– Red Permit has recently been revised. Each individual should contact Red Permit as each situation differs.
You might be eligible for MASS Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme
You might be eligible for HACC Home & Community Care
You could possibly obtain some assistance through Ozcare
You would be eligible for respite through Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centres
You could attend a Camp Autism Camp, click on more info for Qld camps
You could attend a PlayConnect PlayGroup
You could attend a My Time support group, click on Groups, click on Queensland
Positive Partnerships online learning for parents and carers
You could possibly be eligible for a Companion Card
Queensland Parents of People With a Disability
Queensland Advocacy Incorporated
Ask your child’s school if they would consider mentoring program from World Vision’s Kids Hope Aus
Carbon Tax, check out their household assistance estimator to see what you can get
You could try ringing Variety Queensland to see if you can apply for any equipment needs for your child such as a trampoline for example.
Dont forget to check out what concessions may be avaliable to you
This is a great checklist Alison – really helpful for new parents. I would love to help you work on the same for each state and territory if you are interested ( leave a message on the Early Days workshop Facebook page). Also parents and families can attend the Early Days workshops which are HCWA funded for free at any time in this process, even before they have a diagnosis, and daes for these can be found on every autism associaiton in the country’s websites.
It appears that the Red Permit may have recently been revised and according to the information on the link provided, a mobility issue must be present to qualify. ADHD/ADD alone wouldn’t qualify you.
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Carers Adjustment Payment from Centrelink also available for people who receive the carers payment and there child is under 7yrs
Can you tell me what the carers adjustment payment is please!
Carer Adjustment Payment is a one-off payment helping families with increased costs following a sudden accident, illness or disability involving a child aged under seven years. http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/carer-adjustment-payment
Carer Adjustment Payment is for those who receive the Carer’s Allowance and are NOT eligible for the Carer’s Payment.
This is a fantastic list. As a mum of a newly diagnosed child with Autism, thank you 🙂