COVID-19

Keeping children and young people with disability strong

    Information by state and territory (links valid 20 Oct 2020)

    Disability information helpline

    Have things changed for you because of coronavirus (COVID-19)? Do you need support in a language other than English? Help is available. Call the Disability Information Helpline on 1800 643 787 and ask for an interpreter, or call Translating and Interpreting Services on 131 450 and ask for the Disability Information Helpline on 1800 643 787. Information about the Disability Information Helpline is also available in 63 languages. Visit www.dss.gov.au/disabilityhelp for more details. #DisabilityHelp

    AHRC Guidelines on the rights of people with disability during COVID-19 

    The Australian Human Rights Commission developed the Guidelines on the rights of people with disability in health and disability care during COVID-19 to help disability services and support workers and health care professionals take a human rights-based approach to decision-making during the pandemic, which has caused major disruption to society since the start of this year.

    Accessible resources

    National Disability Insurance Scheme - information and resources

    The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is regularly updating its information and resources  including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

    Mental health and wellbeing – information and resources

    Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service

    Isolation and stress can make it harder to take care of your mental health. Beyond Blue has tips on looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

    The Australian Department of Health has more tips and information on mental health support during COVID-19.

    If you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed or sad, please reach out for support. Talking to someone can help. You can contact:

    Lifeline  13 11 14

    Beyond Blue  1300 22 4636

    Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800

    Headspace 1800 650 890.

    If you, or a child or young person in your care, needs support during this challenging time, please reach out. Call one of the numbers. If you don't get through straight away, stay on the line - someone will be there. Or visit: https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/ for online support

    Finances and employment – information and resources

    Australian Government Support Payments

    Victorian Coronavirus (COVID-19) Test Isolation and Worker Support Payment

    Australian Government coronavirus information and support for business

    The National Debt Hotline website has step-by-step guides explaining how to fix common debt problems. You can also call the helpline on 1800 007 007 to speak with a financial counsellor.

    Find a financial counsellor in your area.

    Education – information and resources

    Education advice by government

    Early childhood education information and updates:

    Australia overall information

    New South Wales

    Queensland

    South Australia

    Tasmania

    Victoria

    Western Australia

    School information:

    Australian Capital Territory

    New South Wales (school closures)

    Northern Territory

    Queensland (Queensland Health alerts)

    South Australia (school closures)

    Tasmania

    Victoria

    Western Australia

    CYDA advocacy during COVID-19

    There is a critical need to ensure that children and young people with disability and their families can access the following:

    • accessible testing with agreed supports for sensory needs, alternative communication and social stories
    • access to technology to support equal access to telehealth
    • priority access to personal protective equipment
    • continuation of chronic care plans

    CYDA has been privileged over the past few months to engage with so many young people with disability, families of children with disability, disability advocates, partners and other stakeholders whilst we all grapple with the impact of COVID-19. We have heard from almost 700 families and young people about the effect of the crisis on their lives. 

    We continue to amplify these messages to government, including endorsing the Open Letter to National Cabinet: Immediate Actions Required for Australians with Disability – COVID-19 and producing reports and submissions to inform the government on the situation for children and young people with disability.

    Stay in touch

    You can stay in touch with CYDA about the COVID-19 situation by contacting us.

    Resources

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    Forgotten kids: Coronavirus pandemic creating havoc, fear for children and young people with disability

    Media Releases

    March 2020

    Forgotten kids: Coronavirus pandemic creating havoc, fear for children and young people with disability

    Article

    Don’t leave our kids behind: Families of kids, young people with disability concerned about new intensive care coronavirus guidelines

    Media Releases

    March 2020

    Don’t leave our kids behind: Families of kids, young people with disability concerned about new intensive care coronavirus guidelines

    Article

    Urgent actions needed to support people with disability during COVID-19 crisis

    Media Releases

    March 2020

    Urgent actions needed to support people with disability during COVID-19 crisis

    Article

    ACIE learning at home during a time of crisis COVID19 (coronavirus)

    Fact sheets

    March 2020

    ACIE learning at home during a time of crisis COVID19 (coronavirus)

    Article

    ACIE providing inclusive education in a time of crisis - Principles & recommendations

    Research & reports

    April 2020

    ACIE providing inclusive education in a time of crisis - Principles & recommendations

    Article

    Webinar – NDIS and COVID-19 information for families and young people (NDIS participants under 7 years)

    News

    May 2020

    Webinar – NDIS and COVID-19 information for families and young people (NDIS participants under 7 years)

    Video

    Webinar – NDIS and COVID-19 information for families and young people (NDIS participants 7-18 years)

    News

    May 2020

    Webinar – NDIS and COVID-19 information for families and young people (NDIS participants 7-18 years)

    Video

    Webinar – NDIS and COVID-19 information for families and young people (NDIS participants 18 - 25 years and beyond)

    News

    May 2020

    Webinar – NDIS and COVID-19 information for families and young people (NDIS participants 18 - 25 years and beyond)

    Video

    Submissions

    May 2020

    Letter to PAEC's inquiry into the response to COVID-19

    Article

    More than isolated: The experience of children and young people with disability and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Research & reports

    May 2020

    More than isolated: The experience of children and young people with disability and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Article

    More than isolated’: COVID-19 compounds inequities for children and young people with disability

    Media Releases

    May 2020

    More than isolated’: COVID-19 compounds inequities for children and young people with disability

    Article

    Submissions

    May 2020

    Inquiry into the Australian Government response to the COVID-19 pandemic

    Article

    Submissions

    May 2020

    Disability Royal Commission - Emergency planning and response during COVID-19

    Article

    Submissions

    June 2020

    Victorian consultation on lessons from remote learning

    Article

    Submissions

    June 2020

    Addition to submission 30 to inquiry into education in remote and complex environments

    Article