Early intervention services are offered by state governments, non-government organisations and private providers.
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 now available across Australia and is rolling out in Western Australia.
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)
It is recommended you choose an early intervention provider who has expertise and experience with babies and young children with hearing loss. The providers listed specialise in children with hearing loss. A full list of providers for Better Start and the NDIS can be found on their websites. We have compiled a list of questions to ask the early intervention service providers you are considering.
If your child is not eligible for NDIS funding, you are still able to access early intervention services at minimal or no cost to the family. Contact the services in your area and discuss what services they are able to provide your child.
Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is not intended as a substitute for independent professional advice.
21-Jan-2020 4:50 PM (AEST)