Disability support programme extended to children

Summary

Flanders’ Directly Accessible Support policy, which offers temporary assistance to disabled adults, is being extended to minors

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Flemish health and welfare minister Jo Vandeurzen has announced that the region’s policy on extending immediate, temporary assistance to disabled people when they need it will now include children and teenagers.

Rechtstreeks Toegankelijke Hulp (RTH) – Directly Accessible Support – offers individualised support to disabled adults who live independently but need occasional assistance. This can mean a number of services, such as simple advice or help with a task, care needs if the regular caregiver isn’t available or joining a day centre to socialise with other people.

Now the concept is being extended to children and young people. The idea is to offer additional support when a child is in transition, such as in the first few days or weeks of day care or school, or when transitioning from primary to secondary school.

Vandeurzen has announced funding of €2 million to support the project and has requested schools, care facilities and other institutions to apply for funding to offer the service. “We are making RTH more flexible by working together with child-care providers and the education system,” he said. “We want to help children with disabilities to be able to attend day care and school.”

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