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Financial Help for Dyspraxia, ADHD and Disabled Children

Updated on January 22, 2013

Financial Help for Parents of disabled children including Dyspraxia and ADHD

I have been distributing a Parents Guide to Dyspraxia/DCD for over 4 years now and I am still absolutely amazed at how many parents do not know about the financial help and benefits that are available to help them cope.

Of course not everyone is entitled to or needs extra financial help but for many parents the extra money can be very useful - personally I use the money I receive for my son to pay for a private maths tutor (which has recently made a HUGE difference) and to pay for short breaks and other activities during school holidays to give him some freedom and an opportunity to blow off steam and relax - something I could not afford to do otherwise. It also helps towards his extra clothing costs - he ruins everything! :-).

Please remember this is NOT money-grabbing! It's about claiming the benefits that the government says you and your child are entitled to.

For more information please email andrewjsbradley@gmail.com thanks.

Claiming Disability Living Allowance for Dyspraxia and ADHD

Did you know that if you have a child with dyspraxia and/or ADHD (besides many other conditions) you may be entitled to receive Disability Living Allowance which can currently be £169 per month or more? This extra money can be really useful for helping your child in numerous ways.

The allowance is aimed at low income families with disabled children - and please don't get all caught up in the word disabled. As far as DLA is concerned our children with their different needs are disabled.

To keep it simple it is paid in two parts - Personal Care and Mobility and there are different levels; low rate, middle rate and high rate.

You can read a little more about Disability Living Allowance on my my DLA lens. You will also find a link on that lens to the official benefits website where you can download the forms, apply and all sorts of other stuff.

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Claiming Carers Allowance for Dyspraxia and ADHD

Further to your entitlement to claim DLA above, if you are successful and receive DLA at middle rate or high rate for a child then you may also be entitled to receive Carers Allowance for yourself which is currently around £50.55 per week (it usually changes each year).

You can read a little more about Carers Allowance on my my Carers lens. You will also find a link on that lens to the official benefits website where you can download the forms, apply and all sorts of other stuff.

Financial Help for Parents from Charity Organisations

Apart from the government benefits available to families in the UK there are also a couple of great charity organisations that offer limited financial help to low income families too - there are probably more but these are the two I know about. I only found out recently - after over 6 years of struggling at times.

Remember - Disabled does not just mean really physically disabled, it covers all sorts of disabilites which includes Dyspraxia, ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, Downs, and many more.

If you are on a low income and want help with buying something that will help your child then ASK them.

The Family Fund

I have applied to The Family Fund twice myself and been successful on both occasions. The first year my son received a laptop, the money to buy a keyboard and some cash towards a family holiday. The second year we received a Comet card with £400 credit to allow us to buy a new washing machine with 5 year warranty that we badly needed. We are very thankful to the family fund for their help.

The Family Fund provides timely grants to families with severely disabled children, based on families' views and needs..(child should generally be on DLA at middle or high rate)

Family Fund champions an inclusive society where families with severely disabled children have choices and the opportunity to enjoy ordinary life.

In 2006-07, the Fund distributed £28.2 million to 50,000 families.

Family Fund is a registered charity covering the whole of the UK and is funded by the national governments of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

You can either call them up or download an application for to send to them. You can apply for different sorts of help; cash grants, white goods (eg washing machine) delivered direct, vouchers, etc.

Get more information from Here --> FamilyFund.Org.UK

Get in touch with them today and see how they might be able to help your child. When applying for help its important to remember that whatever you ask for MUST have a benefit for your disabled child.

Cerebra

Parents of disabled children can feel very alone and bewildered by all the services and information out there. Cerebra's Parent Support Department aim to help by offering information, support and various services that parents have told us would help them.

Examples of ways they help are:

Enquiry service

Quarterly newsletter

Sleep problem solving

Holiday house

Postal lending library of books and sensory equipment

GRANTS:

They offer grants to help improve the quality of life of children with neurological conditions.

More information on grants : Cerebra.Org

ALL THEIR SERVICES ARE FREE

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      Johng550 2 years ago

      I keep listening to the news update lecture about receiving boundless online grant applications so I have been looking around for the top site to get one. Could you advise me please, where could i acquire some? fdfadbdkbkdb

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      andyajsb 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Sorry didn't reply sooner but not been on here for a while :( I'm sure you've already found the answer but I would suggest DWP or Citizens Advice.

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      wendyfinn 4 years ago

      Love this Andy. My little lady is 6 and has dyspraxia and I'm really struggling to know where to turn to for help as it always seems like you need to wait for one person to refer you to another to get help etc. Anyway, it was only a chance conversation with another mother recently that I'd even heard of getting a DLA for things like dyspraxia so I'm going to check it out. Thank you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: hi my daughter has just days ago been diagnosed with adha, she is now 15. I also feel the system has let me down as we have had years of upset ect. Who are the best people to talk to about financial support?

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Great lens with great information. I have added you my list of favorite featured lenses on ad/hd. I am trying to create a virtual support circle for parents of children with special needs. Thank you for sharing.

      the link is : https://hubpages.com/family/my-circle-of-amazing-m...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It took us till my son was 15 to be diagnosed with ADHD and at18 he is still struggling with things and life in general,what help could he get? I did not know anything about this kind of stuff at the time and no one told me! I feel the system let my son down in a big way! Please feel free to email me at kezzahewitt40@gmail.com with any advice. Thank you

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is wonderful, I have four children with dyspraxia, speech and language issues, epilepsy(2 children), heart conditions and mental health issues. I am now goingto make a claim for the first one. Thanks for your help.

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      Doglover5 5 years ago

      Great lens, only looked this up on the off chance but not expecting to see so much about it, as I only found out 18 months ago that I have dyspraxia (i am now 55), it answered so many questions and was a great relief. Many things I cannot do ie cook, drive, ride a bike. I hope you reach a lot of people, as many people do not realise they or their children have it and it would help them understand why they can't do so many things that others just do naturally

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      Yardbird 5 years ago

      These resources need more exposure as they are currently underused - thanks for creating more exposure to help others!

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      Excellent lens and I've lensrolled it to https://hubpages.com/family/adhd-attention-deficit...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

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      squidge 7 years ago

      @anonymous: i have a child with ADHD, and to try to get information/support on the best way you as a parent can support your child is so hard. i think its great to have a place that you can go to get this information at a click! thanks

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      Nettyleek 7 years ago

      Hi I am the mother of an Aspergers and ADHD 14 and devised a series of books with a brand new educational concept to help his concentration and understanding when he was 5 years old, as he was slipping through the educational net. My books are finally being launched worldwide, firstly in USA at the end of March after they were discussed at a Mental Health seminar and I was told I MUST get them out! Do you have a newsletter or support group that you could mention it at? I want to tell as many people about them because there has never been books produced like them. My publishers are talking to This Morning and they should be running a feature. I would very much appreciate your help in this matter. Thanks Netty (carlleekmagic@btinternet.com)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank you so much for putting all this useful information together, things can be hard enough watching your child going through all this, but even worse is when you get little or no support or understanding about these things.

      This is a great article - Thank you.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      yes this is an excellent info great work here thanks for bringing this one up. didn't you know that eftoften provides impressive results for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and ADHD. This is surprising to most people because conventional methods find these challenges so difficult to address that drugs are often required to "cover up" the problem. However, these issues become much easier to handle when you take aim at their true causes.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you so much.

      I have 2 boys age 4 an nearly 12. Both are being assessed for dysprasia. My 4yr old this tuesday an my 12yr old (who already has a special educational needs statement) is having the commmunity OT coming to see him.

      I was feeling a bit nervous and isolated so i googled help with dyspraxia and reading your info has really helped me. all i got from the person that came to see us was a blue box with a file and pamphlets in that reading through were a bit daunting. I had heard of dyspraxia but didn't realise the extent of it and felt a bit guilty because both my boys were quite slow developers as babies (walking, talking etc) and i never thought anything of it.

      your information has settled my mind a bit and i don't feel as in the dark as i did.

      Thank you very much and i wish you and your family all the best for the future.

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      pvenergy 8 years ago

      this is great information - thank you so much for putting it out there where everyone can benefit.