All In!

Q. Why has All In! been created?

A. All In! has been created as a guide to help people in the general community include children with disabilities in everyday events and activities occurring in their local community, at public facilities or in private homes.

Q. What does inclusion mean?

A. Inclusion is the full acceptance of all children, regardless of disability, background or other factors. Inclusion means being part of what everyone else is doing, and being welcomed and embraced as a member who belongs in that activity. Inclusion should occur in pre-schools, playgrounds, at events and in recreation and cultural activities

Q. Why should I include a child with a disability in my activity?

A. All children, including those with a disability, have the right to be included in their community and to join in activities of their choice. All children can be included in most activities – you might just need to be creative or go to a little more effort to make sure a child with a disability can be involved. Children without disabilities can gain a great deal from including children with disabilities in their activities as well – it has benefits for everyone.

Q. How does the All In! website work?

A. All In! is really simple. The step-by-step process guides you through three simple questions. Pick the situation where you’ll be interacting with a child with a disability, choose what the child’s disability is (referred to as the ‘challenge’) and identify the child’s age. All In! gives you basic advice and tips on how you can include the child in your activity or setting. The advice is presented in a concise report that you can print and share with others in a similar situation.

Q. What is the cost of getting All In! advice?

A. Nothing. Getting advice from All In! and creating a customised All In! advice report is free.

Q. What if I need more help?

A. If you would like more information about children with disabilities, please visit the Australian Raising Children Network website http://raisingchildren.net.au. If you would like additional support and information to help you include a child with a disability in your community, contact Northcott at northcott@northcott.com.au or phone 1800 818 286.

Q. My situation isn’t covered in All In! - what do I do?

A. Unfortunately we can’t give advice for every situation, so we've tried to provide advice that covers the main areas where people need help. If you are in a situation not described on this website, contact Northcott at northcott@northcott.com.au or phone 1800 818 286 for information specific to your situation.

It’s important to note that the advice provided by All In! is general and should not be regarded as a diagnosis. If you are concerned about a child’s development, please contact a healthcare provider for specific information.

Q. What if the child is older?

A. If the child is older than the options listed in the age question, choose school age as, depending on the situation, the advice given by All In! may be suitable for older children. Many tips are common sense and simple to adapt so you may find some useful hints and tips even though your child doesn’t fit the age group. Alternatively, contact Northcott at northcott@northcott.com.au or phone 1800 818 286 for more specific information.

Q. My child has a disability and I need services. What do I do?

A. There are a variety of services available to support children with disabilities and their families, so you never need to feel alone. The starting point is to discuss options with your family GP or your child’s pediatrician. You can also contact the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services (www.dss.gov.au) to discuss your child’s eligibility for disability supports and services.

Northcott provides services and support for children and adults with disabilities living throughout NSW and the ACT. Feel free to email northcott@northcott.com.au or phone 1800 818 286 to discuss your needs.

Q. I tried your advice but it didn’t work – what should I do?

A. Each child with a disability is an individual, with no two children being the same. The advice provided by All In! is general in nature and may not match the specific needs of your situation. If you would like additional advice about including a child with a disability in your community or activity, email northcott@northcott.com.au or phone 1800 818 286.


Q. Who is Northcott?

A. Northcott is a not-for-profit disability services provider operating in NSW and the ACT. We have been delivering services to people with disabilities for more than 80 years. Our purpose is to build an inclusive society where people can live the life they choose.

Q. What does Northcott do?

A. Northcott provides more than 100 different services and programs to assist people with disabilities and their families and carers live the life they want. We provide services in the areas of Accommodation, Equipment and Technology, Therapy, Employment and Life Skills, Individual and Family Support and Recreation and Respite. Visit www.northcott.com.au for more information.

Q. I live in a remote area, can Northcott help me?

A. Northcott provides support and services throughout NSW and the ACT. We have regional offices located throughout the state and our staff regularly travel to rural and remote communities to visit clients, hold clinics or facilitate community meetings, support groups and activities. Contact Northcott at northcott@northcott.com.au or phone 1800 818 286 for details about how your local office can help.

Family and Community Services (FACS) 

Q. Who is Family and Community Services (FACS)?

A. Family and Community Services (FACS) is part of the NSW Government.

Q. What does FACS do?

A. The aim of FACS is to provide better and more integrated services for vulnerable client groups in NSW.

Q. How can I contact ADHC?

A. Visit the FACS website www.facs.nsw.gov.au to find the details of your local office.


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