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COVID-19 latest information

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COVID-19 latest information

Updated 23/03/2021

Here is the latest information to support your child and family.

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Speaking up for children and families

ACD is speaking up for the needs of children with disability and their families during COVID-19.

In the event of future lockdowns, we are calling on the Victorian Government to:

  • Ensure that school closures are only a last resort
  • Provide a consistent and transparent approach to school attendance across Victoria with specific consideration of students with disability
  • Ensure that early childhood services and schools give families Easy English and translated information about support available during lockdowns, including specific support for families with children with disability

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School, child care and kindergarten

Schools, child care and kindergarten are open.

If your child is unwell they must not attend school. If they have symptoms of COVID-19 they should get tested.

Parents and therapists are allowed on-site with approval by the Principal. All school visitors must follow the school’s COVID-Safe guidelines.

Students who are medically vulnerable

If your child is medically vulnerable or has complex medical needs, speak to your doctor about their safe return to school.

Students with disability should have modified learning tasks and personalised support whether they are learning on-site or from home.

Student Support Group meetings

Where possible, Student Support Group (SSG) meetings will be held online. For effective online meetings you can ask for individual screen protocols. This means that each person uses their own device rather than gathering around one screen.

If online meetings aren’t possible, you can ask for a face-to-face meeting.

For more information

Our Support Line can help you to advocate for your child at school.

DET Parent Helpline 1800 338 663

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NDIS

The NDIS has made changes to support participants during COVID.

You can:

  • Extend your plan for up to 24 months
  • Purchase low cost assistive technology
  • Move funding between Capacity Building and Core

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Here is the PPE advice for Disability Support Workers.

NDIS providers in Victoria who deliver essential daily living supports can directly claim the costs of PPE from the NDIA.

You may also be able to buy masks and PPE using the Core budget in your child’s NDIS Plan.

For more information

NDIS Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and support

Speak with your Support Co-ordinator, Local Area Co-ordinator or Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Co-ordinator. If your local contact is not aware of what changes can be made, contact the NDIS on 1800 800 110 and select Option 5 to speak with a COVID-19 Planner. The NDIS Contact Centre is open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday.

Our Support Line can help you to advocate for your child and family.

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Protecting your child and family

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COVID-19 vaccine

Some families with children with disability are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine under phase 1b.

To be eligible you need to be the carer of the child. 

The child needs to have a specified underlying medical condition. These include:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • Severe intellectual disability
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Childhood cancer

You will need to provide evidence of your child’s medical condition and your role as a carer.

Your GP may already have this or you can show that you receive Carer Allowance or Carer Payment.

If you don’t receive these payments you can complete an Eligibility Declaration Form.

To book a vaccine call your GP.

For more information

Priority groups for COVID-19 Vaccination Program: Phase 1b

Vaccine Eligibility Checker

Information for people with disability about COVID-19 vaccines

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Taking care of yourself

Support is available over the phone and online:

Parentline 13 22 89
LifeLine 13 11 14
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800
1800Respect 1800 737 732
safe steps Family Violence Response Centre 1800 015 188

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Easy English and stories to share

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