Disability support

This is the section to check out if you are looking for information about the services that can support you and your child with a disability or long term condition.

Young girl with a disability holding her parents' arms on a walk

Whenever you receive news that your child has special needs, it can be distressing. Remember, there are services to help when you want or need help.

When your child is diagnosed with a chronic illness or disability, coping is an ongoing process. Everybody copes in a different way. Seek support when you need it.

If your child has a long-term disability, a needs assessment is the first step towards getting the support or services your child and family requires.

Financial support may be available because of your child's special needs. See the information below for an explanation of some of the types of benefits that may be available.

Children develop at different rates. Check out what to do if you have concerns about your preschool child's development. There are a range of services for children who need support. 

Your child may need special education services if they have any issues that are affecting their learning or participation in everyday life.

There are qualified, experienced staff who can work with you to support your child who requires additional support for learning and development from birth through to the time they start school.

Most children with additional learning needs receive support from their school. But if a child has additional needs that are defined as high, staff at their school or early childhood education centre will coordinate extra services.

Support is available for your child to continue their education if they can't go to school because they're very sick or they have a serious medical condition and need support to be able to be at school safely.

Find out more about the support available for children with the highest level of need to help them join in and learn alongside other children at school.

A listing of New Zealand support groups for disabilities, health impairments, special needs and disorders.