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Disability specific resources

The following list of resources and service providers do not necessarily have endorsement by the department, but is a useful starting point for educators, parents and carers to gain information regarding the availability of disability specific resources and support.

The list is not exhaustive and is only indicative of the options, services and resources available in Queensland and is listed in alphabetical order.

Disability Online - Australia's Disability Hub External Link also provides an alphabetical list of links to a number of national disability associations and services.

Acquired Brain Injury

Brain Injury Australia is the peak acquired brain injury (ABI) advocacy body representing, through its State and Territory Member Organisations, the needs of people with an acquired brain injury, their families and carers.

Synapse is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with, or affected by Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), or with behaviours that challenge community understanding.

Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

As part of Queensland Health's suite of child health resources, this webpage provides specific information in relation to ADHD. Topics include:

LD OnLine seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Queensland is a not-for-profit organisation with a vision to partner with children, adults and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder to make positive difference in their lives through choice and opportunity.

The AEIOU Foundation is a not for profit organisation dedicated to providing a professional, full-time early intervention program of the highest quality for children aged 2 to 6 who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder

This tip sheet provides information about the types of support available to assist parents and carers of children with ASD. It includes a list of support organisations in Queensland.

This tip sheet provides information about sibling support groups that are available to help brothers and sisters of children with ASD.

Cerebral Palsy

CPL is a non-profit organisation that provides vital support and services to more than 8,000 children and adults in Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis organisations in Australia provide support and services to people with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and their carers and families. This is complemented by a commitment to research and a quality improvement program focussing on improved clinical care for people with CF.

Down Syndrome

DSAQ works to build community awareness and to support, advocate and empower people with Down syndrome in order for them to take their rightful place as valuable and contributing members of their local and global communities.


Epilepsy Australia is the national coalition of Australian Epilepsy Associations and actively deliver counseling, support and information to all who access their services, Epilepsy Australia is committed to raising awareness and understanding of the very real issues faced by those living with epilepsy.

Epilepsy Queensland Inc is dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with epilepsy and their carers/families through advocacy, research, support and information.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

The National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (NOFASD) is a Commonwealth charity and the peak community organisation for FASD in Australia. They provide information, advocacy and referral options for families supporting children/adolescents and adults who have or are suspected of having FASD.

The foundation works to raise awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) to develop and advocate for policies that prevent FASD and to ensure people with FASD are well supported.

Hearing Impairment

Australian Hearing is part of the Department of Human Services and is one of the largest hearing service providers in the world with a reputation for innovation and world-leading practices.

Learning Difficulties including Dyslexia

Learning Difficulties Australia is an association of teachers and other professionals dedicated to assisting students with learning difficulties through effective teaching practices based on scientific research, both in the classroom and through individualised instruction.

The National Center for Learning Disabilities improves the lives of all people with learning difficulties and disabilities by empowering parents, enabling young adults, transforming schools, and creating policy and advocacy impact.

SPELD Qld is a not-for-profit organisation of parents and professionals whose primary service is helping children and adults who have specific learning disabilities or specific learning difficulties.

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a non-profit international organisation dedicated to the study and treatment of the learning disability, dyslexia, as well as related language-based learning differences.

The ADA is a non profit association which is concerned with the identification and treatment of dyslexia and related language based differences.

Muscular Dystrophy

The Foundation's core objectives are to provide a truly national voice for Muscular Dystrophy, to achieve greater advocacy and awareness, to support research, and to raise funds to be channelled to state Muscular Dystrophy bodies for the relief and support of those affected by Muscular Dystrophy.

Spina Bifida

SBH Queensland provides information, therapy and other services to adults and children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus and their families in Queensland, Australia.

Tourette Syndrome

The Tourette Syndrome Association of Australia disseminates educational materials in the fields of health care, education and welfare service, provides telephone counselling and operates support groups.

The association also run a number of support groups across Australia. Further information may be obtained by contacting TSAA.

Vision Impairment

Vision Australia is a leading national provider of blindness and low vision services in Australia.

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