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Education for children with a physical disability or illness

Government help is available to educate children with a physical disability or illness.

Early intervention – help for children before they start school

The Early Intervention Service helps children from birth until they start school who have a:

  • developmental delay
  • learning delay
  • disability
  • behaviour difficulty
  • communication difficulty.

Early Intervention Service

Support, funding and services for school-age children

Special equipment available

Assistive technology includes things like special computers, vision equipment, special seats or tables and hearing devices.

Funding for special equipment

Services and equipment available to help blind and seeing-impaired children in school.

Support for a child who is blind or has low vision

Services and equipment available to help deaf and hearing-impaired children in school.

Support for a child who is deaf or hearing impaired

Physical Disability Service

The Physical Disability Service provides physiotherapists and occupational therapists to work with physically disabled children at school. Find out what help is available.

Physical Disability Service

School property modifications

Schools can apply for funding to change school property to make things easier for disabled children, for example widening doors for wheelchair access.

School property modifications

Help getting to and from school

Support for children with mobility or safety needs to get to and from the nearest school.

Specialised School Transport Assistance

Teacher’s aide support

Apply for funding to provide your child with a teacher’s aide who will work with them in the classroom to help them learn.

School High Health Needs Fund

If your child is sick for a long period of time, a teacher may be able to visit them in hospital or at home.

Regional health schools 

Help from non-government organisations

There are a number of organisations that provide information and support for families of children with learning support needs.

Groups that can support you

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