Each disability included in the Better Start program is subject to an eligibility threshold. These thresholds have been determined by the Department of Social Services.
Children with an eligible diagnosis must register for Better Start before they turn 6 years old. A child will have until they turn 7 to access funding.
Children registered with Better Start can access up to $12,000 (maximum $6,000 per year) to pay for early intervention services.
- Children are eligible for the Better Start program if diagnosed with one of the following disabilities:
- Cerebral palsy
- Down syndrome, including mosaic Down syndrome
- Fragile X syndrome with full mutation.
- Hearing impairment
- Sight impairment
- Prader-Willi syndrome
- Williams syndrome
- Angelman syndrome
- Kabuki syndrome
- Smith-Magenis syndrome
- CHARGE syndrome
- Cornelia de Lange syndrome
- Rett’s Disorder
- Cri du Chat syndrome; or
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
To find out more visit here: http://www.betterstart.net.au/