Supporting Families What supports are available?

There is a wide range of professional support available to parents and families of a child with a hearing loss. This includes:

Parent and family support groups

Parent support groups allow parents of children with a hearing loss to get together, share information and experiences and provide support and guidance to each other.
Support groups can involve:

  • Discussion groups
  • Workshops
  • Online forums

See the Related Links on the left of the screen for a list of support groups for parents of a child with a hearing loss in Victoria.

Financial support

There is a number of payments that may be available to families to help raise their child with a hearing loss. They include:

  • Carer allowance
  • Carer payment
  • Carer supplement
  • Disability Assistance Payment
  • Carer card

See the Related Links on the left of the screen for more on the financial support available for parents of a child with a hearing loss.

Schooling support

Each child is different. So when it is time for a child with a hearing loss to attend school, it is important for parents to look into a variety of options in order to choose the school that best suits their child’s needs. Children with a hearing loss can attend:

  • Mainstream school
  • Mainstream school with a specialist unit
  • Schools for deaf children
  • Specialist schools for deaf children

See the Related Links on the left of the screen for a list of schools for children with a hearing loss.

See the Resources at the top of the screen for more on supporting families.