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Helping Albury families of children with a disability become financially savvy

Free seminar to be held in Albury to brief families on Centrelink services and allowances

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Families with a child with a disability often face added time and financial pressures associated with regular medical and therapy appointments as well as the day-to-day demands of caring.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance, in conjunction with Aspire Support Services, is stepping in to help ensure local families caring for a child with a disability are making the most of government financial support services.

A free parent seminar will be held in Albury on Wednesday 26 March featuring a representative from the Department of Human Services which covers Centrelink services

Shiva Otim from Cerebral Palsy Alliance said the seminar is designed to clearly explain the government allowances and schemes available to support local parents of children with a disability.

‘All families find themselves under financial pressures from time to time, and those pressures are often magnified when a child has a disability’, Shiva said.

‘Parents are also time-poor due to having to care for multiple children and attend regular and time-consuming medical and therapy services, meaning they simply don’t have the time to sit down and work out what schemes are available to them.

‘This free seminar in Albury will clearly explain what government schemes and allowances are available to support parents, and how they can best access them. ‘

Derek Woolcott from the Department of Human Services will provide up-to-date information about allowances, supplements and schemes available under Centrelink to parents and carers of children with a disability. Parents and carers will also be able to ask questions relating to different circumstances.

‘I’d encourage all parents and carers of a child with a disability living in the region to register to attend this free seminar’, Shiva said. ‘The information provided could be life-changing.’

The free seminar will be held at Aspire Support Services (220 Borella Rd Albury) from 10am-12pm on Wednesday 26 March. Morning tea will also be provided.

Released on 11 Mar 2014