This section has been put together to acquaint new parents with various community resources. These have been put together by older parents based on their experiences. If you have additional material you feel may be helpful to other new parents please click here to send to us for addition to this page.

Some of you may have heard that Access Inc & Jewish Care are developing a disability survey. The survey aims to shed light on people living with a disability in the Victorian Jewish community.
We are hoping to obtain a good response rate, representative of our diverse community and we’ve therefore focused on an inclusive survey consisting of 3 versions, a carer plain English version, a plain English and Easy English version for people with a disability.
The link to the survey is:


Please download the new Jewish Disbality Service Directory by clicking on the picture for more information;

Beit Rafael is a NFP organisation dedicated to easing the challenges faced by families who have loved ones in hospital. They providing a fully furnished apartment at no cost service  enabling you to be close to your family member and removing the need to commute. This service is available at the following hospitals:

•   Royal Children's Hospital
•   Royal Melbourne Hospital
•   Royal Women's Hospital
•   Cabrini Hospital
Contact Shimon on 0421 408 522 or on Shabbat 0412 32 7859

Children with Disabilities Australia

For details please select the link


Jewish Care is the Jewish community support agency and operates a range of recreational activities as well as a respite house for children and teenagers with a disability. Jewish Care can also assist with locating a volunteer to assist your family.
For further information or to become a volunteer yourself, please call the intake team on 8517 5999 or click For More Info


The Friendship Circle extends a helping hand to families who have children with special needs and involves them in a full range of social and ethnic experiences. The Circle’s unique formula introduces teenage volunteers to the children and their families, and through the shared
experiences, all are enriched. The teenage volunteer learns the value of giving, and cherishes the experience of making a difference in a child’s life. The child’s family gets a needed respite and the pleasure of seeing their child become a part of the community circle. The Friendship Circle
is made up of five parts: volunteers,children, parents, staff, and supporters. The true beauty of the Circle is how we all link together to form a seamless circle of friendship.
To find out more contact Mordy Engel . 9527 1666


Integration Co-ordinator: Sharon Goodhardt
Tel: 0418 378 187
Email: Click here to mail Sharon about Integration Program
Address: P O Box 1098, Caulfield North, VIC 3161


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