Intellectual disability - Resources
disability; developmental; delay; intellectual; Down; syndrome; Fragile X; autism; mental; retardation; handicapped; mentally; pervasive; disorder; slow;
The resources listed are correct at the time of publication. We can be advised via the 'enquiry form (subject - Links query)' of any changes needed, or if there are any other resources available in Australia not included in this list.
- Community contacts:
- Your local doctor
- Community health centres
- Child and Youth Health clinics
- Early Childhood Intervention Consultants provide information and support for families with children 0-8 years with developmental delay, disabilities or at risk of developmental delay.
Contact Child and Family Health Service 1300 733 606
- Playgroups South Australia
Additional Needs Program 8344 2722
- Disability SA provides co-ordinated information, support and services.
- Autism Association of South Australia Inc
Address: 262 Marion Rd, Netley 5037
Postal Address: PO Box 304 Marlston DC 5033
Tel. 8379 6976 Fax 8338 1216
- Down Syndrome Society of South Australia Inc
Address: Hampstead Primary School, Greenacres
Tel. 8369 1122 Fax 8261 7660
- Family Advocacy provides advocacy and support for people with intellectual disability.
Central Office: 5 Ninth Street, Bowden, 5007
Tel. 8340 4450
- Child Assessment Team
CAT - Department of Paediatrics and Child Health
Address: Flinders Medical Centre, Flinders Drive, Bedford Park, 5042
Tel. 8204 4459
- Child Development Unit
CDU - Women's and Children's Hospital
Address: 72 King William Road, North Adelaide, 5006
Tel. 8161 7287
- Child Development Unit
Lyell McEwin Hospital
Address: Haydown Road, Elizabeth Vale, 5112
Tel. 8182 9000
- Carer Resource Centre provides information and advice on available services for carers, particularly respite services.
Address: 58 King William Road, Goodwood 5034
Postal Address: PO Box 410, Unley, 5061
Tel. 8271 6288
Country callers: 1800 242 636
- Disability Information Resource Centre provides contact details for a number of support groups for individuals with intellectual disabilities
Address: 195 Gilles Street, Adelaide, 5000
Tel. 8236 0555, TTY 8223 7579
Country callers: 1300 305 558
- Novita Children's Services (formerly Crippled Children's Association of South Australia) - providing therapy, equipment and home support to South Australian children and young people with physical disabilities.
- Gowrie Resource Centre and Bookshop
Address: 43 Dew Street, Thebarton, 5031
Tel. 8352 5246
- When choosing a preschool or school, you may wish to seek advice from the special education staff within the Department of Education and Children's Services (DECS), Association of Independent Schools of South Australia or Catholic Education SA.
- Association for Children with a Disability provides information, support and advocacy to families of children with a disability.
- Australian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability aims to enhance the skills, knowledge and commitment of members and to facilitate a supportive network to improve the quality of life of people with intellectual or developmental disability.
- Batshaw, Mark. 'Your child has a disability: a complete sourcebook of daily and medical care'. Paul Brookes, Baltimore, USA, 1998.
- Clarke, P, Kofsky, H and Lauruol, J. 'To a different drumbeat: parenting a child with special needs'. Hawthorn Press, Stroud, UK, 1989.
- Cornish, Shirley. 'Why me? Understanding intellectual disability'. S Cornish, Adelaide, 1989.
- Department of Education, Training and Employment. 'Growing and Learning in the Family: Children from Birth to Five Years'. Adelaide, 1998.
- Levitt, Sophie. 'Basic abilities: a whole approach - a developmental guide for children with disabilities'. Souvenir Press, London, 1994.
- Nagler, Mark & Nagler, Adam. 'Yes you can: a guide for parents of children with disabilities'. Stoddart, Toronto, 1997.
- Cairo, Shelley. 'Our brother has Down's syndrome'. Annick Press, Vancover, 1995.
- Davies, Julie. 'Children with autism: a booklet for brothers and sisters'. University of Nottingham, Nottingham, 1995.
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
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