Looking after a child with autism can put extra strain on your finances to say the least.
There could be extra washing, extra nappies, special equipment, travelling expenses all the running around to doctors , hospitals, appointments etc. You could have to give up work, Or take on a carer for your child The list really does go on and on.
Fortunately financial help is available .
Unfortunately our experience is that you are not always told of all the benefits available. And you have to search them out for yourself.
Some of the forms you get can seem at first sight rather daunting.
Our advice is this :
Take your time in filling out the forms. Set time aside when you can sit down and read them through carefully. You need to give as much information as possible and do not be afraid to include copies of reports etc. to back up information you give. With the D.L.A. forms for example it is helpful to include a sleep diary. Your health visitor should be able to help you with this. In fact your health visitor is a valuable source of help in filling out all forms concerning your child.
Take photocopies of all forms and documents, also keep a diary of phone calls and posting. This can be very helpful in the future. You will often get a phone call to check on details and letters still do get lost in the post!
(PS my experience} This was a very emotional time for me. As a mother to see certain facts in black and white was very difficult. I recommend a box of tissues. JS
D.L.A. Disability Living Allowence
DLA is an important benefit for families in the UK who are bringing up an Autistic child.
DLA is not Means Tested, so just about everyone should be able to apply.
For more details please see our DLA page Disability Living Allowence
| National Autistic Society
|| This is a great page from the National Autistic Society. It provides information on all benefits available along with help in filling out the forms.
|| The official site of the Department of Social Security
| Citizens Advice Bureau
|| The official site.
|| Motability site. Useful information for those claiming or getting D.L.A. at the higher rate.
|Family Fund Trust
||The Family Fund Trust helps families with severely disabled children. They can supply grants for such things as holiday, washing machine & tumble dryer, bedding & clothing , replacement bed if needed due to childs disability plus many more relating to your childs special needs.
| The Ferret
|| An interesting site that gives you a check on which benefits you may be entitled to via a questionnaire. There is a charge for the service they offer.