What is 1000 Hours?
1000 Hours is a campaign to lobby government to fund a minimum of 1000 Hours of Early Intervention per annum for 2 years for every pre-school child with autism. The children of Australia with autism require additional care and attention during their education and we believe more funding and government support is required.
Why 1000 Hours?
The Commonwealth Government’s Best Practice Guidelines state that “A program needs to be of at least 20 hours per week over an extended period of at least two years”. This equates to 1000 hours per year for 2 years. Despite these guidelines only a handful of families can afford to access this amount of therapy. This makes life tougher for lower and middle class families who cannot afford the services. We aim to help the families in need provide the best support and education for their children.
Why 1000 Hours now?
Currently the Helping Children with Autism package falls short of providing children with best practice early intervention. Whilst the funding certainly provides universal access to at least some early intervention, for most children the hours provided fall far short of government recommendations, 100 – 150 hours per year. 1000 Hours is asking government to bridge this gap for all Australian children with autism as soon as possible. With your help and support we can lobby the government to improve the current situation.
Why support 1000 Hours?
The future for children with autism can be significantly improved if they can access quality early intervention that meets best practice guidelines. This means both quality and quantity. Now is the time to have your say and support the next generation of children with autism and their families!
What can I do?
Register here for 1000 hours. The campaign will send out regular newsletters with details of upcoming events and information updates. You can also make donations towards our campaign to help the children. Please get in touch with us to make a donation.
Special thanks to Tumble & Roll Educational Toys for their generous donation of toys to help with the learning and cognitive development of children in our autism support network. Your educational toys will bring joy to numerous autistic kids, all while helping them develop. Thank you so much from the whole 1000 Hours team, we really appreciate your support!