The resources on this page will provide carers of children and young people in care with disability with information and resources to better understand disability, including specific disabilities, and how they can support the children in their care to lead fulfilling lives.
The Raising Children website provides free, reliable, up-to-date and trusted information on a wide range of parenting and caring issues, including resources developed to help people care for children and young people with disability. The website includes video resources on disability-related topics.
Carers may find the following disability resources useful:
- Children with disability: family life
- Children with disability: school
- Intellectual disability
- Developmental delay
Children and Young People with Disability Australia
Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) is the national peak body for children and young people with disability. CYDA's purpose is to ensure government, communities and families are empowering children and young people with disability to fully exercise their rights and aspirations.
CYDA has produced a range of factsheets about caring for children and young people with disability. Topics include:
- Supporting the development of children and young people with disability
- Family-centred practice
- Building strong families
Connecting Foster & Kinship Carers SA
Connecting Foster & Kinship Carers SA Inc (CF&KC-SA) offers a range of video resources for carers, including webinars about caring for a child with disability:
Caring for Aboriginal children and young people with disability
The First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FDPN) is a national organisation of and for Australia’s First Peoples with disability, their families and community. FDPN has produced resources that carers of Aboriginal children and young people with disability may find useful:
- Benny Boy Goes Bush – short film created by community to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living with disability and their families to prepare them for cultural participation
- Its Not All About Services – video interviews with Aboriginal adults with disability exploring what it means to have a disability from an Aboriginal perspective and what healing looks like
The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) Supporting Carers website provides information and support services about caring for Aboriginal children with developmental delay and disability.
Caring for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Raising Children have produced a range of resources for parents and carers of children and young people with autism, including understanding behaviour and common behaviour concerns, communicating and relationships, health and wellbeing , school, play & work and children & autism videos.
PlayConnect provides supported playgroups for families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), developmental delays or behavioural concerns. As part of their work PlayConnect has developed a suite of resources to assist parents and carers of children with autism spectrum disorder to understand autism and how to best support their child, including family handbooks, tip sheets and play activities
Caring for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
NOFASD Australia promotes prevention, diagnosis, intervention and management for individuals and families living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The resources available include a comprehensive toolkit for parents, carers and families of children with FASD or suspected FASD.
FASD Hub Australia provides general information to parents and carers, health professionals, researchers, policy makers and the public about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. They have produced a list of trusted resources for parents and carers of children with FASD.