This section provides essential information that families need to know regarding services, costs, rights, respite and tips for everyday living and coping with ASD.

Accessing Support

Centrelink Social Work Services Social Workers are available to help customers in Centrelink Customer Service Centres and Call Centres. How can Social Workers help? • Social workers: • Provide counseling and support to Centrelink customers with difficult personal or family issues. • Provide information about, or refer customers to, community support services help with claims...


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Autism & Grief

Death can be very difficult for people with autism to understand. This is for a number of reasons • Death means change – change is very difficult for people with autism to understand and cope with. • Death means someone that was around is no longer in their life and they do not understand why....


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Coping with a Diagnosis

What can I do to cope better with my child’s diagnosis? Prepare and research Nothing can prepare you for the diagnosis of autism however there are things you can do to make it easier. Research, talking to others and joining support groups can help for the times ahead. Knowing what to expect and sharing your...


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Financial Support

What is the helping Children With Autism Package? The Helping Children with Autism Package is a package of funding which helps with the diagnosis, early intervention and treatment costs of having a child with autism. The package also provides additional information and community resources What’s available? The Helping Children with Autism initiative provides a package...


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Practical Strategies & Tips

Maintaining a safe environment at home is very important when you have a child with autism. Maintaining a safe home can help ensure a child with autism is less likely to injure themselves and require a trip to hospital, which can cause enormous distress to the child and family. High fences, lockable gates, locked cupboards,...


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Rights & Legislation

Rights of children, families and people with autism People with ASD and their families have a right to be part of the community, participate in education, work and to access the services they need. The rights of families and people with ASD are protected under a number of pieces of legislation at the national and...


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Supporting Siblings

Having a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder can make it very difficult to devote time and energy to your other children. You may feel guilty or upset that you can’t spend as much time with your non ASD child. You may feel very tired and worn out, which can affect your well being and ability...


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Barwon Family Services

Department Of Humans Services Disability Intake and Response Service Information about Victorian (Australia) community supports and services for people with a disability, their families and carers in your local area is available from the regional Department of Human Services Disability Intake and Response Service. Contact: Disability Intake and Response Service (Barwon-South Western) Telephone: 1800 675...


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