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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.

http://www.1000hours.com.au

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.
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 those children whose parents can afford $40000+ receive such a level of service.
Why 1000 Hours now?

The Commonwealth Government is currently deliberating on a National Early Intervention Program for pre-school children with Autism. It is planned for this program to begin implementation by July 2008. Once implemented it is unlikely that there will be any changes until after June 2013.
Why support 1000 Hours?

The Helping Children with Autism package released on October 3, 2007 by the former Prime Minister included early intervention funding for 8000 playgroups, 4000 low level and 1200 intensive placements over the 5 year funding period (July 1 2008 until June 30 2013).This package is undergoing fine tuning by the new Federal Government. 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:
http://www.1000hours.com.au
An announcement will follow on World Autism Day, April 2, 2008.
Due to the overwhelming support the 1000 hours campaign will be extended through to the end of May to include Autism month.

1. Every child with Autism needs as much support as they can get. 1000 hours is a good start.