Minister for Disability Joy Burch is encouraging families of young children with disability, autism or developmental delay to attend today’s Early Intervention Open Day to meet new service providers who will be operating in the ACT from next year.
“Today’s event gives families the chance to meet the organisations who will be providing early intervention services for their children next year,” Ms Burch said.
“At least 13 providers will be there, including six which have been contracted by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to provide services, as well as others which are registered with the NDIA as service providers.
“I encourage all families with children currently enrolled in early intervention programs who require services in 2015 and those with children on waiting lists to come along to see what is on offer.
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“These providers will replace programs currently provided by the Education and Training Directorate for children who are not yet enrolled in school.
“The decision for government to withdraw from the provision of specialist disability services was not an easy one, but it was necessary to allow the community sector to grow and provide more choice and control for families under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
“I know that change brings concerns and anxiety for families. Today will reassure families that there are organisations ready to offer quality services from 2015.”
Open Day to meet the new providers:
When: 1pm – 6pm, Monday 17 November 2014
Where: Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning, 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling
(Joy Burch Media Release)