A number of organisations can assist parents of child with a disability looking for guidance and support. Here are a range of ones which can help you with providing care.
ECEI (children under 7)
If your child is aged 0-6 years and has a disability, or if you are concerned with their development, they may be eligible to receive support through the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) program of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The Early Childhood Early Intervention approach has been designed to identify the type and level of early support your child needs. Providing quality support early in your child’s life reduces the possible need for longer term care.
In Bayside, the Brotherhood of St Laurence is the local Early Childhood partner, providing advice and support on behalf of the NDIS.
Brotherhood of St Laurence will work with your family to determine the best supports for your child and family, will assist you to identify local services, and, if required, will help you to request an NDIS 'plan' to fund services (eg speech therapist, physiotherapist) and equipment (wheelchairs, digital technology).
You can contact the Early Child Early Intervention team at the Brotherhood of St Laurence on 1300 275 323.
Children over 7
Brotherhood of St Laurence is also the Local Area Coordinator for the NDIS, for people aged 7 – 65 years. They will assist you to see if your child over 7 is eligible for NDIS support.
To contact the Brotherhood of St Laurence - Local Area Coordinator, call 1300 275 634 or email ndis.info [at] bsl.org.au
Association for Children with Disability
The ACD empowers families of children with a disability to access the support needed to live a fulfilling life and to uphold their child’s right to reach their full potential.
ACD is the leading advocacy and information service for families of children with any type of disability living in Victoria.
Phone: 03 9880 7000
Moira a not-for-profit organisation that provides support services for both individuals with a disability and their families including case management, outreach and accommodation.
Scope is also a not-for-profit organisation that exists to support people with physical, intellectual and multiple disabilities achieve their goals in life. Their mission is to enable each person to live as an empowered and equal citizen. They support people with physical, intellectual and multiple disabilities and developmental delays to achieve their goals. Across Victoria, Scope provides services to thousands of people with disability across more than 100 locations.
Bayside Toy Library
The Bayside Toy Library is a not-for-profit toy lending service (for children aged between 3 months and 10 years), which provides families with access to a variety of educational toys to assist with childhood development.
Fun is fundamental to what they do, but they also have whole host of specialist resources selected by trained health professionals. From soft stairs to support learning to climb in a safe environment to sensory toys, Bayside's Toy Library caters for a range of needs.
212 Dendy Street, Brighton East VIC 3187
Arts Access Victoria
Arts Access Victoria are dedicated to an ambitious agenda of social and artistic transformation for people with disability, the communities in which they live and the arts sector in which they aspire to participate without barriers.
Access for All Abilities is a website connecting people with disabilities to sporting activities in Victoria. This site is intended to help you the visitor find out more about the activities that may be suitable for you or your family members and friends.
Playgroup brings young children, parents, families and communities together to learn and develop through informal play activities and social interaction. Playgroup help parents and caregivers build social and support networks that encourage and assist them in their valuable parenting role.
At playgroup you get to meet other people going through similar experiences, ease the isolation that can come with caring for young children and find out about local community, health and support services.
Locations: Brighton, Brighton East, Hampton and Beaumaris
We are working to make Bayside a more accessible place for people of all abilities; and a place where everyone has the opportunity to enjoy community life. For information about all-abilities recreation, sports, accessible beaches and playgrounds in Bayside please refer to these links.
We're proud to support a range of all-ability sports programs throughout Bayside. Hit the link above to read more about them and how to join a club.
Find out here about the playgrounds in Bayside which we have recently upgraded to make them more accessible, safe and fun.
Back in November 2019 we rolled out access matting at Hampton Beach and Half-Moon Bay, with floating wheelchairs available to hire during the summer months. Read more here.