Our October Grant Reciepant – Archie

Congratulations to our October Grant Recipient, Archie.

Archie is 2.5 years of age and lives in rural Victoria with his parents, older brother and baby sister.

TFF was contacted by Archie’s dedicated speech pathologist Eva Harrold from Yarra Ranges Speech Pathology, Eva explained that Archie whilst has a severe speech delay for his age, she was also concerned with his overall development and behavioural characteristics. She recommended that Archie’s mum Keira to get Archie genetically tested and also assessed for Autism.

Archie is currently not receiving the NDIS National Disability Insurance Scheme

Archie’s parents have really struggled financially this last year Keira has had to take a domestic cleaning job to pay the rent, and the family have had to sort charitable support to have food put on the table for their 3 children.

Eva explained to TFF that they had a opportunity through Victoria Early Assessment Clinic, which provides heavily subsidised Neurodiversity Affirming Assessments for Infants and Toddlers for Archie to be assessed for Autism.

VEAC is funded by the Australian Government, run by La Trobe University and supported by Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre

Even at subsidised rates the family would never be able to afford the fee to pay for Archie’s assessment, so The Frankie Foundation decided we would award our October grant to Archie.

Without a correct diagnosis children like Archie can not receive the correct therapy and clinical supports required to have the opportunity for the best possible start in life through early intervention and then also to be considered for the appropriate funding through the NDIS National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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