Financial help for children with disabilities

September 5, 2012 by Ayal Tusia
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$4 million Victorian government commitment to slash expenses for children living with a disability has been commended by Jewish Care, which says the announcement will boost quality of life, while better supporting families and carers.

Jewish Care CEO Bill Appleby said, as Victoria’s largest provider of disability services to the Jewish community, Jewish Care was delighted with the action, which will cover gaps between current subsidies and costs of eligible aids and equipment for under 18s.

“Growing kids have growing needs – and children with a disability require frequent and costly changes to their aids and equipment as they get older,” Mr Appleby said.

“This extra funding means that the cost of manual and powered wheelchairs (and associated customisation), pressure cushions and walking aids will now be fully subsidised for eligible applicants.”

Mr Appleby said Jewish Care had provided $200,000 over the past two years to ease the financial and emotional burden on families with a child with a disability.

He said as well as relieving pressure on charity organisations, the announcement would improve independence and community interaction for children with a disability.

To be eligible for funding, children must be under 18 years of age; listed on a Health Care Card or hold a Pension Concession Card; and have an approved Aids and Equipment Program application.

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