Burch Must Guarantee Early Intervention Services Continue

The ACT government needs to continue to provide early intervention services for children with a disability at least until the non-government sector is ready to step in, Shadow Minister for Disability Services Andrew Wall said today.

“Today when asked in the Legislative Assembly if she could guarantee that no child would be left behind when the ACT government early intervention services end at the end of this school year, Joy Burch could not provide a firm answer,” Mr Wall said.

“Since Joy Burch and Katy Gallagher announced the withdrawal of services provided by the government for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) earlier this year, families have been kept in the dark about what services will be available for their children to replace what they currently receive.

“The deadline for the ending of services is looming and families are still waiting to hear who will be providing services, where the services will be located and how many places will be available.
“The simple solution would be to continue what is currently on offer until community service providers are well and truly ready and set up for business. This would give families the much needed certainty they need and deserve,” Mr Wall concluded.