Support for families

CHARGE Assist

Our CHARGE Assist team can support you in areas such as:

  • Early intervention

  • Development

  • Communication

  • Behaviour

  • Education

  • Life transitions

They can provide information and strategies on transition to pre-school, school or employment, or they can support you to help the therapists or teachers understand CHARGE syndrome and your child’s needs.

Our team can also connect you with other families in your region. It can really help to get in touch with others who share similar experiences and who can offer understanding, encouragement and support.

CHARGE Assist is a small team of volunteer professionals from the deaf/deafblind field and have 30 or so years of experience with CHARGE syndrome.

This service is provided free by phone or email. There may be costs associated with an onsite visit.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Rob Last on roblast@iinet.net.au or Liz Levesque on Elizabeth.Levesque@chargesyndrome.org.au.

CHARGE Champions

Our CHARGE Champions, as well as Association members, are your connection to families in your area. They are available to share their own lived experiences and will organise local meet-ups for families. Don’t hesitate to contact a CHARGE Champion, or anyone on the Association Board, anytime.

NSW: ellen.howe@chargesyndrome.org.au

QLD: simon.robinson@chargesyndrome.org.au

TAS: kylie.moore@chargesyndrome.org.au

VIC: belinda.arnell@chargesyndrome.org.au


Conferences

The CHARGE Syndrome Association of Australasia organises a conference every two years. A range of topics is covered relevant for families, individuals with CHARGE Syndrome, educators and for medical professionals.

Visit our conference page, for information about the next conference in April 2020.


Facebook groups

CHARGE Syndrome Australia New Zealand

This is a parent-led closed facebook group, for local families, carers, people with CHARGE Syndrome, and also for those with an interest in CHARGE syndrome. The aim of the group is to provide a safe, understanding space, where members can share information and advice, learn from one another, celebrate together and support each other.

Join the CHARGE Syndrome Australia New Zealand Facebook Group

CHARGE syndrome adults 18+

This group is for adults who have CHARGE syndrome and 18+. No parents or professionals allowed (unless they have CHARGE syndrome).

Join the CHARGE Syndrome Adults 18+ Facebook group

Grandparents of individuals with CHARGE Syndrome

A place where grandparents can connect and discuss concerns and issues important to them. A place to have an open discussion about their feelings, their loss, and their gains.

Join the Grandparents of individuals with CHARGE Syndrome Facebook group


Books

Why I am Me

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“Why I Am Me” is a story about a boy called Sam who has CHARGE syndrome and his friend Jess.

“Why I Am Me” is a must read for those whose lives are touched by a person with CHARGE syndrome.

All profits from the sale of this book go towards improving the health and welfare of children and adults with CHARGE syndrome in New Zealand and Australia.

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Hiya Moriah

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A beautifully illustrated, rhythmic story about a young girl's life with CHARGE syndrome. Through her brave attitude, and silly humor, Moriah is an inspiration for us all. This is a book that families can enjoy together with a timeless message about love and acceptance, and just saying "hiya" when making a new friend with different abilities.

 

Financial support

We have gathered some useful links and tips about accessing government funding in your country.

Financial support in Australia

Financial support in New Zealand