Disability Education

The National Disability Insurance Scheme and Early Childhood Intervention Programs in the ACT

The ACT Government is a trial site for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The ACT will be the first jurisdiction in Australia to have all eligible residents included in the Scheme by July 2016.

There will be no changes to early intervention programs operating in the ACT in 2014.

From 2015, early intervention services will be provided by non government organisations. This will allow for more inclusive, integrated and family-centred support for children with a disability and their families and carers.

This provides us with an opportunity to work together as a community to make sure the services provided better meet the individual needs of families.

Current programs and supports provided by the Education and Training Directorate and listed below will continue in their current form until 2015.

For more information, parents and carers can contact the ACT Government information line on (02) 6207 1086 or visit NDIS External Link for more specific information.

Early Intervention Programs and Services

Early Intervention Playgroup (EIP)

Early Intervention Playgroup (EIP) is for children

  • aged two to three years
  • with a developmental delay or disability.

Children attend a weekly EIP session with their parent supported by a teacher and assistant. Children attend the EIP program closest to the family home.

Early Childhood Centre (ECC)

Early Childhood Centres (ECC) are for children

  • aged three to school entry age
  • with a mild to moderate developmental delay or disability.

ECCs are small classes in a mainstream preschool setting. The schools where the ECCs are located do not run the ECCs. The primary specialist schools (Cranleigh School External Link Malkara School External Link and Turner School External Link) administer the ECCs.

Early Childhood Unit (ECU)

Early Childhood Units (ECU) are for children

  • aged three to school entry
  • with a moderate to severe developmental delay or disability.

ECUs are small classes in specialist school settings. The primary specialist schools (Cranleigh School External Link Malkara School External Link and Turner School External Link) administer the ECUs.

Early Intervention Unit (EIU)

Early Intervention Units (EIU) are for children

  • aged three to school entry
  • with a developmental delay.

Children at EIU attend two sessions per week in a small group in a preschool setting. The primary schools where the preschools are located administer the EIUs.

Autism Intervention Unit (AIU)

Autism Intervention Units (AIU) are for children

  • aged three to school entry
  • who have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Children at AIU attend two sessions per week in a small group in a preschool setting. The schools where the AIUs are located do not run the AIUs. The primary specialist schools, Cranleigh School External Link and Malkara School External Link administer the AIUs.

Language Intervention Unit (LIU)

Language Intervention Units (LIU) are for children

  • aged three to school entry
  • with a severe delay in the expressive and receptive language areas (not articulation)
  • with a formal diagnosis from a speech pathologist.

Children at LIU attend one session per week in a small group in a preschool setting. A Therapy ACT speech pathologist External Link is also part of the team. They plan with the class teacher to provide an appropriate program for each child in the LIU. The primary school where the LIU is located administers the LIU.