Household income for families with a disabled child has been shown to be around 13% lower than for those with non-disabled children. At the same time they incur higher rates of expenditure associated with disability (1).
Our aim is to equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to manage your children’s finances. Here are some of the ways we can help:
If you’ve ever tried to fill in a Disability Living Allowance (DLA) Claim Form you’ll know what a huge and daunting task it can be. Our step-by-step guide to DLA aims to make it a bit easier. The guide takes you through each question on the DLA form, explaining what it means and giving advice on how to answer correctly. It also gives you advice about how to appeal if you are unhappy with the decision. You can download the guide free of charge from our website.
Our Money Matters Parent Guide outlines the arrangements you may need to put in place to manage your children’s finances from age 16 into adulthood. This guide provides a summary of this complicated area through a series of questions and answers. You can download the guide free of charge from our website.
We are certified by the Information Standard, a recognised mark of quality, which means that all of our parent guides and fact-sheets are clear, accurate, evidence based, up to date and easy to read. You can view the full range here.
We hold Disability Living Allowance workshops around the UK where we help parents use our DLA Guide to complete the DLA form. The workshops are free for parents and carers and are held between 10am and 2pm to fit around school times.
We recently delivered a workshop to the Autism Puzzles parent group in Cardiff which parents found really useful. If any groups are interested in holding a workshop please get in touch with David Williams on [email protected] All we ask is that the group provide a venue, a light lunch and promote the event. The target audience is 15-20 people.
Our Freecycle service puts parents needing specialist equipment in touch with other parents who have good quality specialist equipment that is no longer needed. All equipment is offered free of charge. So if you have some equipment that your child has outgrown or no longer uses but still has plenty of life in it, our freecycle page can help it find a new home.
Wills and Trusts
We can support you to make provision for their child’s future by offering advice on making a will and setting up a discretionary trust. We also help families identify appropriate legal help for this.
We are able to signpost you to other charities that offer services you might need, including grants for specialist equipment. Just give us a call on our freephone helpline, 0800 328 1159, to talk about your needs.
If you’d like more information on any of the above, please contact us on 0800 328 1159 or [email protected]
(1) Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer 2012 – Our Children Deserve Better: Prevention Pays)