Resources for Parents

Autism Professionals Circle Coming Soon!

Service Directories:

Ability Links NSW (St Vincent de Paul Society) Linking people with disability to their local Communities.

Ability Options focus on integrating people with disabilities into all facets of life, whether that's a job, housing, education or the community. It's all about giving people control over their lives and assisting them to make a meaningful contribution to society.

Ageing, Disability & Home Care (ADHC) Information, Referral and Intake Team - for clients with a global developmental delay or an intellectual disability

ASPECT Hunter & Central Coast Autism Schools: Base Schools at Thornton and Terrigal, and Satellite classes in mainstream schools

ASPECT Hunter "Individual Community Access Packages" (iCAP) - for individuals aged 7 to 18 years to access a community organisation of their choice with support from a trained ASPECT staff member 

Autism Action (Hoping to build a respite and training facility with therapy services at the Palms Golf Course, Port Stephens) Email:   Facebook: "Autism Action", Newcastle Herald article

benevolent Society Brighter Futures Program Information for parents and carers

Carers NSW Resourcing a network of support groups for carers of people with a disability across NSW

Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Therapy Services for People living with Cerebral Palsy and similar Disabilities

Disability Services Australia, DSA is a respected not-for-profit organisation that provides essential community support, employment and training services to enhance the lives of people with a disability each year.

Down Syndrome NSW Hunter Region: Ten-Pin Bowling, Rock and Roll Dancing

Early Days Free Workshops by ASPECT & DSS (for parents of children with autism from 0-7 years):

EarlyStart(St Vincent de Paul Society) Supporting families and carers of children with a disability or developmental delay.

EDuCare Carer Support Service, do you help care for someone?

EnableNSW Health Support Services NSW Government, Aids and Equipment Program (AEP), Equipment for Communication, mobility and self care is provided through the Aids and Equipment Program.

Everyday Independence: Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Psychiotherapy, Case Management

Family Relationship Advice Line, The Family Relationship Advice Line is a national telephone service that provides information and referral to services that can help strengthen relationships, overcome realtionship difficulties or deal with separation.

Firstchance Early Intervention & School Aged Programs at 122 Woodstock Street, Mayfield

F.O.S.S (For Our Special Someone) Quality Educational and Therapy Resources for Early Education, Autism and Special Needs.

Happy Dots Occupational Therapy for Children, Toronto & Singleton

Home Modifications Lake Macquarie/Newcastle Inc is a non-profit incorporated community based organisation which provides home modifications and maintenance for the frail aged, people with a disability and carers of these people who are living at home.

Hunter Connect Autism Spectrum Support, Supporting Families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Hunter Prelude Early Intervention services at Kurri Kurri and Singleton

Interrelate all about relationships, We provide a range of services and programs designed to help during life's hard times, including counselling, mediation, deispute resolution, disability family services, education and children's contact services.

JoJo's Play Gym indoor play centre with a focus on developing coordination and gross/fine motor skills

Leapfrog Ability Flexible Support Options

Leaps and Bounds Speech Pathology and Social Skills Groups

Life Without Barriers Disability Services, person-centred disability services focus on the individual, empowering people to realise their full potential.

MyTime supporting parents of children with disabilities 

Newcastle Temporary Care respite services and parent support group

Northcott Supporting choice & opportunity, Northcott supports people with disabilities living in NSW and the ACT to reach their full potential by offering a range of services which promote a genuinely inclusive society. Referral form for Support Networks Individual Packages for people with a disability aged 18-25

pdcn Physical Disability Council of NSW, Educate, inform and assist people with physical disability in NSW regarding the range of services , structures and programs available that enable their full participation and equality.

Perform-Ability, dance and drama program for people of all ages with special needs and disabilities.  They have classes in a number of locations within the Hunter (Newcastle, Mayfield, Maitland, Argenton, Belmont, Medowie and Cessnock), Classes start from $6.50.

Relationships Australia, Counselling and support for individuals, couples, and families on relationship issues

Response Employment and Training Pty Ltd a Training program for young people with disability who want to find work in disability support.

Rosie's School of Rock, Newcastle: AU:SUM 20-week social skills program where kids with autism write, record and perform their very own song and learn how to get on with other band members

Rylo Park Equine Assisted Therapy Farm: children with autism can interact with horses and other farm animals. Linda Broadbent has two children on the autism spectrum.

Dance class for children and adults with disabilities, Medowie

Sibling Support Groups: Educare i-Care Young Carer Peer Support Group 13-15 years 6 week program



Useful websites:


Northcott Service Finder

Cerebral Palsy Alliance

Find A Carer

Siblings Australia

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