The Better Start initiative supports families and their children who have a diagnosis of Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, cerebral palsy, moderate or greater vision or hearing impairments including deaf-blindness, Prader Willi, Williams, Angelman, Kabuki, Smith-Magenis, CHARGE, Cornelia de Lange or Cri du Chat syndromes, microcephaly or Rett's Disorder.
Children who are eligible for the program can access funding of up to $12,000 (maximum of $6,000 per financial year) for a range of early intervention services, including:
•Teachers of the deaf,
•Other early intervention specialists and
•Equipment that is essential to the child's therapy when ordered by an approved provider (up to $2,100 can be spent on resources in any one financial year, up to $4,200 in total)
Therapists must be chosen from the FaHCSIA approved authorised provider panel. A list of panel providers can be found on the FaHCSIA website. Children must be under six years old to be registered, and families will have until the child’s seventh birthday to use the early intervention funding.
Carers NSW is delivering the Registration and Information Service for families wanting to access the Better Start program.