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Financial Help for Dyspraxia, ADHD and Disabled Children
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Â£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 Â£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.
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 Â£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 Â£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.
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:
Sleep problem solving
Postal lending library of books and sensory equipment
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