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  • The secret to stronger families? Getting the right support

    An opinion piece by Melanie Dimmitt My son Arlo is a bright, book-loving five-year-old with a belly chuckle you’ve gotta hear to believe. He was born in very abrupt fashion, by way of an emergency caesarean during which he sustained a brain injury. Six months of unmet motor milestones later, Arlo was diagnosed with cerebral […]

    04 November 2021

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    Our journey to a family-centred early intervention experience

    I still remember the day we got the diagnosis of Williams syndrome like it was yesterday. My son Alex was three months’ old and recovering from open heart surgery. At an appointment with the paediatrician I flagged that I thought something wasn’t quite right. My paediatrician was wonderful – she listened, observed and assessed. After […]

    28 October 2021

  • Safeguarding children with disability – with Dan Stubbs

    The Victorian Disability Worker Commission (VDWC) is now up and running. To learn more, ACD sat down with Commissioner Dan Stubbs. Dan has had a varied career. He’s a recovering lawyer (in his own words) and has worked in public policy, human resources management, law reform and advocacy. We asked Dan more about the VDWC.  […]

    14 October 2021