First Contacts Following Diagnosis

The first thing to do after your child has been diagnosed is:

1) Put the kettle on.  Sit down. Take a deep breath;

2) Say to yourself, “It’s going to be alright, everything is going to be okay.”

3) Make yourself a cuppa, (or a wine) grab a snack (preferably chocolate) and explore the following websites . . .

Contact The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and ask (or download) for an ‘access request form’ to see if you are eligible for funding.
The NDIA are an independent statutory agency, whose role is to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which will support a better life for hundreds of thousands of Australians with a significant and permanent disability and their families and carers.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
Tel: 1800 800 110

Disability Gateway
The Disability Gateway has information and services to help people with disability, their family, friends and carers, to find the support they need in Australia.

Qld Disability Connect on all information ‘Disability’.

Children with Disability information.

Early Days Online Workshops are free for parents and carers of young children who have recently been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or who are being assessed. The workshops give you the latest evidence-based information about ASD.
The workshops help you start building the skills you need to support your child’s early development.

For Autism, contact: Autism Queensland (AQ Cairns)
Tel: (07) 4034 6600

AQ provides a comprehensive range of specialised services and support for children and adults with ASD and their families throughout Queensland.
•EarlyAQtion Early Intervention Programs
•Family Support Services
•Outreach Services
•Customised Services
•Information and Help Line
•Respite and Accommodation Services
•Research and Development
•Training Services

for other diagnoses check out our support groups in the directory.