About Disability

Acquired Brain Injury

Brain Injury is the “multiple disabilities arising from damage to the brain acquired after birth. It results in deterioration in cognitive, physical, emotional or independent functioning. It can be as a result of accidents, stroke, brain tumours, infection, poisoning, lack of oxygen, degenerative neurological disease. Source: The National Community Services…

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

(Note: Early intervention has been proven to be effective in supporting those with ASD.) It’s common to see early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in a child’s first two years. And in these years, it’s especially important to watch children’s social communication development. For example, in the first year…

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Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a physical disability that affects movement and posture. It is a permanent life-long condition, but generally does not worsen over time. It is due to damage to the developing brain either during pregnancy or shortly after birth. Source: https://cerebralpalsy.org.au/our-research/about-cerebral-palsy/ Services for Cerebral…

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Down Syndrome

Down’s syndrome is a genetic disorder caused when abnormal cell division results in extra genetic material from chromosome 21. Down’s syndrome causes a distinct facial appearance, intellectual disability and developmental delays. It may be associated with thyroid or heart disease. Early intervention programmes with a team of therapists and special…

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Intellectual Disability

Children with intellectual disability learn at a slower rate than others. They can have difficulty with memory and problem-solving and developmental delays. Intellectual disability varies a lot from child to child. It can range from mild to severe. There’s a big range of normal when it comes to children’s learning…

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Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular, genetic disorder which results in the progressive deterioration of muscle strength and function. The most common form in childhood is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which can see a young boy using a manual wheelchair by the age of 8, and being completely dependent on an electric…

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Spina Bifida

Spina Bifida comes from a Latin term which means “split spine”. Spina Bifida describes a group of spinal abnormalities that occurs in the first four weeks of a pregnancy. In this time the baby’s developing spine (neural tube) fails to close properly. Spina Bifida is the incomplete development of: The…

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