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 also provides an alphabetical list of links to a number of national disability associations and services.

Acquired brain injury

  • Brain Injury Australia
    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
    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

Autism spectrum disorder

  • Autism Queensland
    Autism Queensland is a not-for-profit organisation with a vision to partner with children, adults and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to make positive difference in their lives through choice and opportunity.
  • AEIOU Foundation
    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.
  • Tips for parent and carer support groups (DOC, 485KB)
    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.
  • Tips for sibling support groups (DOC, 404KB)
    This tip sheet provides information about sibling support groups that are available to help brothers and sisters of children with ASD.

Cerebral palsy

  • CPL
    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 Australia
    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

  • Down Syndrome Association of Queensland Inc
    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
    Epilepsy Australia is the national coalition of Australian epilepsy organisations working together to inform communities on the latest medical breakthroughs, social research, publications, news and policy about epilepsy. Epilepsy Australia's vision is for inclusive communities where people with epilepsy can live and participate free of stigma and discrimination. Epilepsy Australia provides the following position statement regarding 'medical marijuana' in the treatment of epilepsy.
  • Epilepsy Queensland
    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 spectrum disorder

  • National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
    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.
  • Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education
    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
    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.
  • Deaf Services Queensland
    Deaf Services Queensland is a not-for-profit organisation working with the community to enhance services and programs that benefit Deaf and hard of hearing adults and children.
    • Hear for Kids is a division of Deaf Services Queensland focusing on services for Deaf and hard of hearing infants and children.
  • Hear and Say
    Hear and Say is a not-for-profit organisation helping children hear, listen and speak. Hear and Say interfaces state-of-the-art hearing technology (digital hearing aids and implantable technology such as cochlear implants) with the Auditory-Verbal Therapy approach.

Learning difficulties

  • Learning Difficulties Australia
    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.
  • National Center for Learning Disabilities
    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.

Muscular dystrophy

  • Montrose
    Montrose Therapy and Respite Services provide physical, emotional and social support to people with a disability. They have expertise in physical disability, neuro-muscular conditions and developmental delay.
  • Muscular Dystrophy Foundation Australia
    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

Tourette syndrome

  • Tourette Syndrome Association of Australia (TSAA)
    The Tourette Syndrome Association of Australia disseminates educational materials in the fields of health care, education and welfare service. TSAA supports parent advocacy, provides telephone counselling and operates support groups.

Vision impairment

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

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Last updated 27 February 2019