Okay all Australian Mums of Special Needs children...please take notice!
After lodging all Violet's reports except her Psych Report, the Department of Education rang me last Friday to say Violet will not be eligible for Vision Support at School, as her Vision Report from Vision Australia says her near vision is 3/5 in her right eye even though her more distance vision is 6/30, so they suggested to get her vision reassessed which was done only in April at the Eye Clinic at Westmead. So I rang them and have asked for a report of that appointment to be sent out to me. Here's hoping she is eligible for some kind of vision assistance being as she is visually impaired with only 1 eye for vision!
Then today the Department of Education rang me again to inform me that even though Violet's Physcial Disability Clinic Reports state she has all her diagnosis' including right dystonic spastic hemiplegia, that saying right dystonic spastic hemiplegia isn't the same as Cerebral Palsy and that I now need to get more proof that she has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy! Talk about splitting hairs!
You can imagine my reaction on the phone now can't you? I said to the lady from the Department of Education that when I call the Physical Disability Clinic at Westmead and ask them to correct this they are going to laugh, as everyone knows Hemiplegia is a form of Cerebral Palsy!
Well, I did ring them and they did indeed have a laugh and said they couldn't change the letter I already had but would type up a new one stating Violet has been diagnosed with right dystonic spastic hemiplegia cerebral palsy!
So I would like to let all mums that are about to or to think about in advance what reports you may need in order for your child to apply for funding for school and to make sure the wording is in full! At least you might be able to avoid jumping through a few less hoops than I have had to so far!