Better Start and HCWA Funding

The Better Start for Children with Disability initiative provides funding for early intervention services for eligible children who register before the age of six years.  Funding continues until the child turns sever years.

Better Start funds the following disabilities:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Deaf blindness
  • Down syndrome, including mosaic Down syndrome
  • Fragile X syndrome with full mutation.
  • Hearing impairment
  • Sight impairment
  • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Williams syndrome
  • Angelman syndrome
  • Kabuki syndrome
  • Smith-Magenis syndrome
  • CHARGE syndrome
  • Cornelia de Lange syndrome
  • Rett’s Disorder
  • Cri du Chat syndrome; or
  • Microcephaly

Each disability included in the Better Start program is subject to an eligibility threshold determined by the Department of Social Services.

Children registered with Better Start can access up to $12,000 (maximum $6,000 per year) to pay for early intervention services. These services include:

  • audiology
  • occupational therapy
  • orthoptics
  • physiotherapy
  • psychology and
  • speech pathology.