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Raising children in today’s world can be challenging. Raising a child with disabilities offers additional challenges other families may not face. The great news is you are not alone, and there are resources available.

Finding the right resources for your child can be challenging enough. Add to that the overwhelming costs of most therapies and equipment. It’s easy for a parent to feel lost! Knowing where to go to get the right resources is vital.

Financial Assistance for Families Raising Children with Disabilities

Today, we will go over the different financial assistance options for families raising a child with disabilities.

Government Schemes

Governments across the globe are offering several different resources for families raising a child with disabilities. Whether you’re looking for financial support or access to the appropriate educational opportunities, this is where to start. Whether national, state or federal, most government agencies will have various resources and schemes to assist you.

United States

There are various schemes available to assist with various aspects of living with a disability in the US. Many families have heard of the big ones like Medicaid/Medicare and SSI benefits. You may not know that there are so many more options out there!

Many states off Service Coordinators free of charge to help you find the resources you need. This can be funding for activities & training, equipment, resources, and support systems for the whole family. Check out this link for more information about these schemes.

Australia

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a Federal Government scheme that offers Assistance for Families Raising a child with disabilities.

This scheme provides funds to help those with disabilities access the support and care they need. They also work with early intervention to support and teach skills to young children with disabilities.

Services covered include health, education, public housing, and aged care. It also offers community support such as sports clubs, community groups, libraries, and charities.
 
Australian disability service providers can now use NDIS software for small providers to help them manage operations, improve workflow, and streamline areas like staff activity, client care, and financials. This can boost efficiency and, most importantly, result in a higher patient care level. 

United Kingdom

Likewise, the United Kingdom has programs very similar to those already mentioned. These include healthcare, housing, and other much-needed resources. For more information, head to their website here.

Canada

Meanwhile, the National Benefit Authority offers support and valuable information for Canadians. They are a fantastic resource for finding out what services are available in your area.

There are, of course, several other Governments that offer assistance. So, wherever you live, start by searching online for any schemes and assistance your particular Government can provide. Laws are different everywhere, but most countries offer constitutional rights to support.

Online Resources

In this digital world, we can access a world of information at the touch of our fingers. But when it comes to getting advice online, it’s essential to know what’s credible and what isn’t.

The American Association on Intellectual Developmental Disabilities offers a wide variety of information that can be very useful.

Resources for our Australian Friends

The Australian Government provides several reliable online resources and literature. These include practical advice on understanding intellectual disabilities useful for residents of any country. It also has a portal specifically for caregivers.

The Carer Gateway includes excellent information, including the importance of self-care for caregivers. Other credible and valuable online government resources in Australia include Disability Online and the National Disability Service.

Local Organizations

Having a support network is critical for any family whose child has a disability. It is very easy to become reclusive. There are many local organizations for you to connect with. These can be very general groups or specific to your child’s needs.

These organizations provide accommodation services, assistance with daily life, social and community participation, supported employment, clinical services, and support coordination.

Financial Assistance for Families Raising a child with an intellectual disability.

There are several options for financial assistance for families raising a child with an intellectual disability. You can find the resources that work best for your family. Check out these articles to learn more about special needs parenting.

Alicia Trautwein is an Autism advocate, writer, motivational speaker, and dedicated mom of four. Alicia’s desire to advocate for Autism comes from her own autism diagnosis and that of her three children, niece, and brother. Her life’s mission is to educate on autism acceptance and change the world for future generations of autistic individuals.

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