Services for children with disabilities (under 18 years of age)

 

 

The purpose of the disability services act is to promote the ability of a person with disabilities to live and act as an equal member of society with others, and to prevent and eliminate the disadvantages and obstacles caused by disability. (Act on Disability Services and Assistance, section 1). When planning services for children and young people, the services and support forms best suited for age-based growth and development are assessed.

In the case of young children, the need for assistance due to a disability or illness has not necessarily been considered to constitute a serious disability within the meaning of the law, as young children can generally be considered to need continuous assistance in order to cope with normal life activities. As the child grows, the need for assistance is compared with the normal need for care of a child of the same age. A need for help that clearly exceeds the age level may be caused by a disability or illness. However, the individual situation of the child must always be considered. After this, it must be assessed separately whether the service needs can be met by a service organised under another act or whether the services must be provided under the disability services act.

Services for people with severe disabilities include:

  • transport services
  • home modifications
  • home equipment and devices
  • personal assistance for leisure outside the home
  • adaptation training
  • support signs

The need for services may be initiated on the basis of contact from parents or authorities. The services are applied for with a written application, which is accompanied by an up-to-date medical certificate (less than 6 months old) or a valid rehabilitation plan.

As a rule, a service need assessment is carried out on the requested service during a home visit. It is also possible to carry out a service need assessment at a meeting at the disability services office or remotely.

Public official decisions are made on the basis of a home visit or meeting and additional health care reports in use. Decisions on services made for children may be valid until further notice or for a fixed term.

The aim is to assess the need for the services granted at regular intervals.

In questions related to applying for services, contact the case managers of children's services

The primary aim is to meet the needs of children and young people (under 18 years of age) with basic services. If the basic services are not sufficient or suitable, special services can be arranged for the child based on an assessment of the individual service needs. The following services can be provided for children with disabilities and long-term illnesses: support for informal care, temporary care, autism coaching, special family work, school children's holiday activities and institutional care. Other services for children and young people include services for people with severe disabilities such as transport services and personal assistance.

The primary aim is to meet the needs of children and young people (under 18 years of age) with basic services. If the basic services are not sufficient or suitable, special services can be arranged for the child based on an assessment of the individual service needs. The following services can be provided for children with disabilities and long-term illnesses: support for informal care, temporary care, autism coaching, special family work, school children's holiday activities and institutional care. Other services for children and young people include services for people with severe disabilities such as transport services and personal assistance.

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Places

Vammaisten lasten palvelut sisältävät alle 18-vuotiaille vammaisille ja kehitysvammaisille lapsille tarjottavat palvelut.

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