Local vs Online Disability Service Resources: What's Best?
In today’s world where information is at your fingertips, parents can be bombarded with information about parenting tips, skills and do’s and don’ts. This can often be a double-edged sword, with people being overwhelmed in the face of contradictory advice or poorly researched “advice”. Parenting at the best of times can be a daunting experience, but parents with an intellectually disabled child are faced with an extra set of challenges and often find themselves having to make difficult decisions. This is where having access to reliable and well researched information is critical. But sometimes looking at some of the online resources that are available is not enough – personal and local services need to be accessed to build relationship and understanding. This is where Fairfield disability services can be vital …
Disability Macarthur covers the urban areas of Fairfield, Canley Vale, Cabramatta, Liverpool, Canley Heights, Riverwood, Revesby, Ingleburn and Minto out as far as Bowral and Mittagong, offering disability and respite services for both children and adults, as well as support programs for parents and carers.
Many of the best resources for parents with a disabled family member come from Australian Government websites or sites that are affiliated with government programs. The Government’s Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) site has a list of online resources for parents and families of those with a child with disability. It also provides regular news updates on activities, studies, conferences and reports being undertaken on the topic of disabilities and carers. Also don’t forget that each State also has its own government resource guides for their residents as well.
Other useful sites for information on children and mental health issues include KidsMatter, which is an initiative focused on the promotion and early prevention of mental health issues in young children. Raisingchildren.net.au includes a wealth of information on its site on children ranging from babies up to teens and grown ups, and includes a section on children with disabilities. Topics range from the National Disability Insurance Scheme, legal matters, services and support networks and articles on play and learning.
You can also search online for local disability service providers in other parts of Sydney and around New South Wales and not for profit organisations that specialise in intellectual disability care and respite. Our Fairfield disability services, for example, would include those centres that run day care, holiday activities, workshops or respite services in that area such as Disability Macarthur. Especially with respite care, you’ll want to know that the service provider is close to your home to give you maximum peace of mind. When you’re looking up professional disability service providers online or choosing care for your child, make sure you look at factors such as their qualifications and accreditation status, how long they have been in the industry and the scope of their services.
Apart from professional disability services and support, there will also be informal or casual networks and groups in your local area that you may want to explore. These often take the form of regular meet-ups and organised social activities with other parents and their children. These can provide an invaluable way to find people who understand your issues and make friends, as well as feel connected to your community. Searching for Fairfield disability services can provide the gateway to any further groups that may exist in this local area.