Types of disability support

Find out about the different types of disability support funded by the Ministry.

In this section

  • People with autism spectrum disorder can access a range of disability support services to enable them to live everyday lives and to connect with the wider community. Read more
  • Behaviour Support Services work with a disabled person and their support network to reduce the impact of the person’s challenging behaviour. Read more
  • Child Development Services provide early intervention for preschool children who have disabilities or are not achieving developmental milestones. Read more
  • Community day services help disabled adults who can’t find work to take part in their community and improve their personal skills by providing access to regular meaningful social contact and stimulating activities. Read more
  • Community Residential Support Services assist disabled people to live in a supported community environment. Read more
  • The Ministry can provide different kinds of support if you have a disability. This includes equipment and modifications to your home or vehicle to help with your everyday activities. Read more
  • Funded Family Care is health funding for some eligible disabled people over the age of 18 with high or very high needs so that they can pay family members they live with to help you with personal care and/or household tasks. Read more
  • The Ministry’s Hearing and Vision Services provide free or subsidised equipment to people with disabilities, such as hearing aids, cochlear implants and spectacles. Read more
  • Home and Community Support Services are funded by the Ministry to support disabled people to live at home. They can help with both household management and personal care. Read more
  • Individualised Funding enables disabled people to directly manage the resources they have been allocated for disability supports. Read more
  • The new model is a new way of supporting disabled people. It gives them more choice and control over supports and funding in their everyday lives. Read more
  • Respite is taking a break from your caring responsibilities. Taking time out can help you feel rested and re-energised. If you are the full-time, unpaid carer for a person with a disability, then Ministry of Health funded respite supports and services are available for you. Read more
  • Supported Living is a service that helps disabled people to live independently by providing support in those areas of their life where help is needed. Read more
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