Autism Advisor Program
The Autism Advisor Program (AAP) is a free information and support service for parents and carers of young children (0-6 years) who have received a diagnosis of autism or who think their child may be on the autism spectrum. We provide one on one support and facilitated peer group programs throughout Queensland.
Autism Queensland is funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS)* to deliver the program in Queensland.
Our autism advisors can provide information about:
- Autism and what it means to your family
- Early childhood intervention
- Local services and supports for the child and family
- NDIS pathways
- Childcare, kindergarten and school
- Centrelink and Medicare.
If you have any general questions about autism, funding* or early intervention call 1800 428 847 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
*Is your child still receiving funding from the Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) or Better Start for Children with Disability (Better Start) programs? Please scroll to the bottom of this page for some important information.
One on one conversations tailored to your family’s needs. Autism Advisors can assist you either in person or over the phone.
Facilitated Peer Support Groups
We also provide the opportunity for parents and carers to connect with others on a similar journey in a safe, facilitated environment through:
- Coffee and chat get-togethers
- The Talking About Autism series – an informal series of 4 facilitated sessions delivered in sequence or separately; supporting discussion around autism, early intervention pathways, connection with community supports and self-care for carers. Topics include: Exploring Autism, Looking at Early Intervention, Connecting to Community & Services, Caring for Yourself and Your Family.
Please note these supports are being offered by remote services at the moment due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please contact us to learn more.
Should you require an interpreter please call TIS National 131450.
HCWA & Better Start Funding Update - June 2020
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Government has extended the HCWA and Better Start program to ensure families with a child/children in the program will continue to receive support through the challenges the pandemic has presented.
This means that some of the information previously provided about HCWA or Better Start has changed.
What this means for parents:
Please note: The HCWA and Better Start programs are not reopening to new children and funding for these programs is transitioning to the NDIS.
Therefore it is important you test your child’s eligibility for the NDIS as soon as possible so you do not experience a gap in services. To start this process contact your Early Childhood partner or the NDIS National Call Centre on 1800 800 110 as soon as possible.
If your child is NOT ELIGIBLE for the NDIS:
To understand how the NDIS is operating during the pandemic, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and support section of the NDIS website.
For more information:
You can also contact the NDIS National Call Centre on 1800 800 110 or call the Early Childhood Partner in your area, see www.ndis.gov.au/ecei.