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    Default School funding for disability

    Does anyone know how much a primary school will get for a child with a disability (ASD) in Victoria?
    Can anyone explain to me how it works? How much schools get and what they can or should use the money for etc?

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    after you have completed the application process for your child to be a part of the program for students with a disability, you will be given a level of funding.
    There are 6 levels, level 1 being around 10k per year and level 6 being around 38k a year (I think, will double check tomorrow!).
    That is if your child attends main****** or special school. Autism specifics schools are funded differently.

    Hope that helps a little. Happy to answer any other questions you might have, if I can!

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    Oh! And they should be using it for your child. Often for hiring an integration aide. Every school is different and this is a question you can ask the school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheekychook View Post
    after you have completed the application process for your child to be a part of the program for students with a disability, you will be given a level of funding.
    Not even enrolled at school yet, but it will be main****** prep next year. Do all schools offer this or only some and will they offer or will they expect me to ask if I want to?
    So, I guess it sounds like if we did this we would be told how much funding was being allocated? And its within our right to ask the school what they are going to use the money for?


    Is it available to all children attending school with a disability ? Not all children would be given an integration aid so would need to find out what else the school would use the money for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheD4 View Post
    Not even enrolled at school yet, but it will be main****** prep next year. Do all schools offer this or only some and will they offer or will they expect me to ask if I want to?
    So, I guess it sounds like if we did this we would be told how much funding was being allocated? And its within our right to ask the school what they are going to use the money for?

    Is it available to all children attending school with a disability ? Not all children would be given an integration aid so would need to find out what else the school would use the money for?
    If you have selected what school you are going to send your child I would approach them to ask them to apply for funding, get the enrolment process happening now. It should be done ASAP. You'll need all your reports (speech, psych and diagnosis) but the school should help you with this process.

    Sadly, not all students with a disability get funding. You have to fit a certain criteria. Often the higher function students miss out, which isn't fair. But you won't know untill you apply.

    I don't think parents are often told the monetary amount of the funding, just the level. But you can always ask. I think it's within your right to ask how the funding is going to be used.

    Your greatest help at the moment is the school. Get in touch with them and start the application process.

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    Thank you.
    We have moved to a new area and have a new diagnosis. I'm trying to decide between 2 very different schools which will be best suited to our needs.
    He is high functioning so maybe he won't get anything, but so far only one of the schools mentioned anything about possible funding and I didn't really know what they were talking about. Thanks again for filling me in!

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    The criteria for funding has changed in the last two years unfortunately.

    High functioning kids need a double
    Diagnoses of autism plus a mental health issue such as oppositional defiance disorder, adhd, or severe anxiety disorder. Not to mention show problems in areas of gross and fine motor, low IQ/ or learning disability and prove that they can be a risk to themselves or others.

    Its really difficult. But it also depends on how many special needs kids the school has as each school are only allocated a certain amount of kids to fund per year. So the severe ones get picked first

    My son is starting school next year also, has moderate autism (50th percentile) a language disorder. Sensory processing disorder, at the bottom end of average IQ wise, and has just needed to be medicated for his anxiety... And we still wont get any funding for school next year.

    I dont mean to sound negative but be prepared that you might not be offered anything. You really need to go into the schools or ring and talk to the principal to find out.

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    What area of melbourne are you, @TheD4?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zombie_eyes View Post
    The criteria for funding has changed in the last two years unfortunately.

    High functioning kids need a double Diagnoses of autism plus a mental health issue such as oppositional defiance disorder, adhd, or severe anxiety disorder. Not to mention show problems in areas of gross and fine motor, low IQ/ or learning disability and prove that they can be a risk to themselves or others.

    Its really difficult. But it also depends on how many special needs kids the school has as each school are only allocated a certain amount of kids to fund per year. So the severe ones get picked first

    My son is starting school next year also, has moderate autism (50th percentile) a language disorder. Sensory processing disorder, at the bottom end of average IQ wise, and has just needed to be medicated for his anxiety... And we still wont get any funding for school next year.

    I dont mean to sound negative but be prepared that you might not be offered anything. You really need to go into the schools or ring and talk to the principal to find out.
    Victoria is a bit different. If your child has gone through the application process for funding and they are deemed eligible, they get funded, regardless of how many other students have funding. Some schools become well known for their large, expert integration program.

    I feel for you up there, it really doesn't seem like a fair system. 😔

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