Funding to help disabled children

PARENTS with disabled children will be eligible for up to $12,000 in funding under a Labor government.

Senator Joe Ludwig announced the early intervention scheme with Labor candidate for Hinkler Belinda McNeven in Bundaberg yesterday.

The funding will go to children with autism spectrum disorders aged up to six year of age.

“What we know and what the professionals tell us is that ensuring the children can be provided with help before they enter school means they will be able to participate in a much better fashion,” he said.

Parents can receive up to $6000 in funding in any one year and up to $12,000 over the first six years of the child's life.

Member for Hinkler Paul Neville said the Coalition's plan to provide $314 million for disabled students was a step towards getting the best possible education.

“As a first step, an elected Coalition Government will secure national agreement on definitions of disabilities. Nationally consistent definitions are the first crucial elements towards providing greater assistance for all students with disabilities,” Mr Neville said

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