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Early intervention services - ACT

Depending on where you live and your child’s hearing loss, your child may be eligible for Australian Government funding through the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The first stage of the NDIS began at a number of trial sites in July 2013. The NDIS is available in the ACT. 

The National Disability insurance Agency (NDIA) has developed a pathway for children who are deaf or hard of hearing to access the National Disability insurance Scheme with minimal delay following the diagnosis of hearing loss in a child aged 0-6 years. (For more information: NDIS Pathway Hearing Stream 0-6 years

If your child is not eligible for NDIS funding, you are still able to access early intervention services at minimal or no cost to your family. Contact the services listed below and discuss what services they are able to provide your child.

The information provided in the table below lists the organisations who provide early intervention services for children with hearing loss and their families.

Contact details Nealie Place
Rivett ACT 2611
Phone: 02 9370 4402
NDIS Provider Panel Yes
Services provided Home-based or centre-based
Early intervention and school age services
Cochlear implant medical service – supporting children and young people before, during and after surgery
Integrated Preschools for children with hearing loss (alongside children with no hearing loss) available at Liverpool and Wollongong
Individual weekly, fortnightly or monthly therapy sessions
Speech, language and social skills development programs for young children, primary and secondary school students
Weekly children’s playgroup
Individual Family Plan or Individual Education Plan
Parent support group; parent education sessions
School readiness program
Listening, speech and language assessments
Individual family/sibling social support sessions
Communication options Auditory-Verbal Therapy
Cost to family No additional fees
Additional comments N/A
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RIDBC Canberra (and SCIC Canberra)
Equinox Business Park
Equinox 4 Level 1
70 Kent Street
Deakin ACT
Phone: 1300 581 391

NDIS Provider Panel Yes
Services provided Hearing and vision assessment services on-site or via teleconference
Early intervention services for both vision or hearing loss
Therapy and diagnostic services, such as speech therapy, occupational therapy and psychology
Cochlear implantation assessment, rehabilitation and ongoing support services through our SCIC Cochlear Implant Program
Communication options Auditory-verbal
Cost to family No
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24-Mar-2023 9:32 AM (AEST)