The program has helped thousands of children with disabilities aged up to 6 years old, but right now, the goal is to extend the program to 6-12 year-old’s as they make the important transition to school.
Unfortunately, disability equipment and resources for therapy and education are not funded under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) or anything else.
Our vision is to create a toy and resource library, so that disability equipment and resources can be loaned to families, and is also available to CatholicCare therapists.
Your support will help purchase equipment that is designed for children’s specific needs, whether that’s a visual, sensory, hearing or physical impairment.
The transition to school is already one of the hardest times for any child. But for those with a disability, the uncertainty, insecurity and instability of such a big change is even more difficult.
Ensuring that school-aged children with disabilities receive therapy support and have access to the right equipment is critical to their success at school.
Please give generously to help children with disabilities reach their full potential.
Max is a beautiful little 5-year-old boy who was diagnosed with Down syndrome a few weeks after he was born. He spent the first two months of his life in hospital, and most of the next two years there.
Max’s mum, Jasmin, describes the fear she felt seeing her little boy so vulnerable:
“It was hard because he was so soft and floppy. He had to be fed through a PEG tube straight into his gastrointestinal tract to maintain his nutrition. And he had a lot of breathing problems which meant he frequently ended up in the Intensive Care Unit. He had to wear an oxygen mask whenever he slept, day or night, for 14 months because he suffered from severe sleep apnoea, meaning he would stop breathing hundreds of times throughout the night. I would worry so much when the winter months came because it was even worse.”
When he started group and individual therapy sessions through CatholicCare, he couldn’t walk or talk and had very poor social skills. But last year, he started saying single words, and thanks to physiotherapy, he has recently started walking. He is also much more comfortable interacting with other children and adults.
Right now, Jasmin’s biggest concern is how Max will cope when he makes the transition to a mainstream school next year.
“I am so worried about Max starting school next year. Being able to continue with the CatholicCare Early Childhood Intervention Program is so reassuring. It means that therapists will be able to visit the school to provide him with extra support including speech therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and education.”
Thank you for helping to brighten up the lives of children like Max, and their families.
Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.
Where monies raised exceed equipment needs, funds will be directed to the Early Childhood Intervention Program at the discretion of the CatholicCare CEO.