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Special Needs

Special needs photo-284For grandparents and whanau caregivers with special needs children in their care an additional layer of complexity, stress and anxiety is added to their daily lives.  

This guide does not purport to cover all of the issues and options available to you to access the help that you need.  

Over time our own knowledge of the best sources of help and advice will be added to this website.  

If you have a special needs child in your care and would like to share your learning and best tips or your organisation can help our members please get in touch with us so that we can add it to our growing resources and post it to our website.

Child Disability Allowance

The Child Disability Allowance is a fortnightly payment made to the main carer of a child or young person with a serious disability. It is paid in recognition of the extra care and attention needed for that child.  Please refer to the Work and Income website here for current information on the eligibility criteria and rates applicable.

Informative Websites on Autism Spectrum Disorder

grg koro for bullets-406-725     Altogether Autism
A nationwide information and advisory service for people living on the Autism spectrum, their families, whanau and professionals working with people on the Autism spectrum.

grg koro for bullets-406-725     ASD Guidelines Website
Provides information about the New Zealand Autism Spectrum Disorder Guideline.

grg koro for bullets-406-725     Aspergers
Aspergers provides a range of consulting services (including diagnostic assessment) for adults, teenagers and children with Aspergers Syndrome.

grg koro for bullets-406-725     Autism Speaks
Excellent website, informative, current research, free tool kits to download, Autism apps.

grg koro for bullets-406-725     Autism Spectrum Australia
Australian Resources. 

grg koro for bullets-406-725     Center for the Study of Autism
Links and Information covering a broad range of information including overviews on autism.

grg koro for bullets-406-725     Family Services Directory
Looking for support for you and your family? The Family Services Directory lists organisations in your area that can help.

grg koro for bullets-406-725     Ministry of Education: Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Learning about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

grg koro for bullets-406-725     Ministry of Health
Key Projects and Programmes for Autism Spectrum Disorders

grg koro for bullets-406-725     National Autistic Society, UK

grg koro for bullets-406-725     Weka
Weka is New Zealand's disability information web site, for disabled people, their families, whanau and caregivers, health professionals and disability information providers.

Support Agencies

grg koro for bullets-406-725     Carers NZ
A resource for carers with a wealth of information and resources.

grg koro for bullets-406-725     CCS Disability Action

grg koro for bullets-406-725     IHC
Living with intellectual disability in New Zealand. IHC New Zealand Inc will advocate for the rights, inclusion and welfare of all people with an intellectual disability and support them to live satisfying lives in the community.

grg koro for bullets-406-725     Kids Health
Child and youth health information site to support parents and health professionals by the Starship Foundation and Paediatric Society.

grg koro for bullets-406-725     Parent to Parent

grg koro for bullets-406-725     Rescare New Zealand
Rescare NZ is dedicated to bringing information and support to those caring or advocating for people with an intellectual disability. We remain a totally independent voice for those who want the best for their family member.

grg koro for bullets-406-725     Socially Speaking - Alison Schroeder

grg koro for bullets-406-725     Sue Larkey - Special Needs Teacher, Australia
Smart strategies, information articles and action steps to making teaching & living with autism spectrum disorder a success.

grg koro for bullets-406-725     The New Zealand Association for Gifted Children (NZAGC)
promotes the needs of gifted kids at national level and supports and fosters initiatives at local level.

grg koro for bullets-406-725     Youthlaw
Youthlaw is a specialist nationwide community law centre for children and young people under the age of 25. Youthlaw has particular expertise in education law ranging from school enrolment, discipline to special educational needs.

About us 

Grandparents Raising GrandchildrenTM Trust NZ (GRG) is a registered Charitable Trust operating throughout New Zealand providing support services to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren on a full-time basis. Our vision is for a community where grandparents raising grandchildren are empowered to provide a safe, secure and nurturing home for their grandchildren.

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Te tautoko i nga tupuna, mokopuna me te whanau.
Te awhina ia ratou ki te whakatutuki i nga putanga
pai i roto i to raatau oranga.
Supporting grandparents, grandchildren and whanau
to achieve positive outcomes in their lives.  



Contact us

Member Support 
Outside Auckland Freephone
0800 472 637      

Auckland Landline or Mobile Phone Callers
(09) 418 3753 

National Support Office
9:00am - 2:00pm
09 418 3753

PO Box 34-892
Auckland 0746
New Zealand

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