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Specialist disability service types

Specialist disability services supplement other general community supports and are designed to assist people with a disability who require more specialised support.

Accommodation support

Accommodation support helps people with disability live in the community and in a home environment as close as possible to that enjoyed by other community members.

Accommodation support may include personal care, domestic assistance and social and communication support, as necessary to allow people to carry out the essential activities of daily living. 

Accommodation support may be provided to an individual or within a group setting, and may range from a few hours a week through to 24 hours a day.

Community access support

Community support primarily helps people who do not attend school or work due to disability to gain and use their abilities to enjoy their full potential for social independence.

Community support involves providing practical social support, company and reassurance of safety to help people access community activities, services and facilities.

Community support may be provided to an individual or within a group setting.

Case management

Case management assists people with complex disability support needs who have difficulty maintaining and coordinating their support arrangements.

Case management is support designed to assist people to have choice, a stable and sustainable home and to live as independently as possible.

Case management support includes helping people to build their skills and capability, liaising with support providers, and coordinating service delivery.

Early childhood intervention services

Includes a range of therapies that enhance and maximise the potential for a child under 6 with a significant developmental delay. The focus is on developing a child's motor, social, communication and behavioural skills, to reduce the impact of the disability and the need for ongoing support.

Goods and equipment

Disability specific goods or equipment can enable a person with disability to increase their mobility, communication, reading, and independence in personal care or health care.

The Queensland Government provides a range of medical aids and equipment to people with disability.

Life skills development

Life skills development provides specific short-term skill-development activities that enhance the ability of a person to live as independently as possible.

Skill development activities can include training in budgeting and financial management, use of public transport and general mobility, daily living skills like washing and dressing, self esteem and assertiveness, home and community safety, and use of assistive technologies.

Multidisciplinary services

Multidisciplinary services are designed to maximise the independence of people with disability by increasing motor, social, communication, personal and community living skills.

Services might include speech and language pathology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, behaviour intervention and support, social work, and psychology.

Respite services

Respite provides a way for the primary carer of a person with disability to take a break. Respite, either in-home or in a setting away from home, provides support for the person with disability in all their daily activities where they would usually be supported by their carer.

Respite types include in-home, host family, centre based (day or overnight) and vacation care.

Further information

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The NDIS is the new way of providing support for people with disability.

As the NDIS is rolled out, eligible people will receive their supports from the NDIS. Find out if the NDIS is available where you live and how to apply for supports.

If the NDIS is not yet available in your area, you can find out more about disability support and services currently available in Queensland.

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Last updated:
17 July 2018
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