This should be in the Venting Board, but this needs to be a public vent.
Anyone, at anytime can become a carer. And this is what is happening to Carer's of kids with disabilities in Victoria. The less intervention a child receives in early childhood the greater the likelihood that child will be long-term dependent on a carer, usually their parents, usually their mum.
I think it is a feminist issue.The Age - children missing out on disability services
A couple of thoughts.
Early intervention or early childhood intervention?
Not just semantics.
Early intervention says to me "intervention that takes place EARLY after becoming aware of the disability,". Get in there and treat it. Intervene in the progression of the development of the disability. Start the 'rehab' early, or ASAP.
Early childhood intervention is just intervention that takes place some time in the early childhood years - in Victoria this seems to be defined as birth - 6 years, or the year prior to school.
They are not the same thing.
Secondly, what is the nature of the 'intervention' referred to? For our son we were offered a 2hr session in a group with diverse needs run (physical, intellectual, medical etc) by a former occupational therapist, an assistant, with a visiting speech pathologist who attended for 1hr occasionally, and didn't work with all the kids. 2years later we were offered a speech pathology appointment once a fortnight.
I am very glad for the article, but there is more to it than simply 'are services offered or not?'. The issues go deeper into the nature, quality and amount of services provided.