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$100,000 for the Shepherd Centre

21 July 2011

The NSW Government has today announced additional funding of $100,000 for the Shepherd Centre, so it can continue its early intervention services to meet the needs of children with hearing impairment.

Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, said that the organisation was facing a budgetary shortfall of $500,000 this financial year, and needed help to supplement its fundraising efforts.

“The Government is only too willing to help this organisation, which does marvellous work using auditory-oral therapy to teach children who have a mild, profound or total hearing loss,” Mr Constance said.

The grant will enable the Shepherd Centre to continue its programs on assisting mainstream settings to meet the needs of children with hearing impairment.

“We recognise the need to develop a systematic process for planning services for children with sensory impairment which acknowledges the provision of support in a range of community based and mainstream settings.”

“Under Stronger Together 2, Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) will implement service delivery models which promote collaboration between specialist hearing services and generic disability services.”

Mr Constance said that ADHC had allocated $660,800 to the Shepherd Centre this financial year for early childhood intervention.

“This included $200,000 for the provision of 25 early childhood therapy services for children aged up to six throughout the state, which focussed on facilitating access to mainstream services.”

Mr Constance said that from 1 July this year, families with children under six who had a sensory disability would have access to flexible funding of up to $12,000 over two years under the Australian Government's A Better Start for Children with a Disability Program.

He said that NSW Health and the Department of Education and Communities were also key stakeholders in the provision of supports for children with hearing impairment.

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