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Bringing up a disabled child can be more expensive than bringing up a child without disabilities and there are various sources of funding that can help you.

Some of these, such as Disability Living Allowance, Carer's Allowance, may help to increase your family income.

Children who have severe and complex needs may be able to get a Personal Budget.

Supporting young people directly, or their parent carers, there are many organisations and services that can provide advice on managing money, and help you identify and claim financial support.

Full of Life's Independent Advice and Support Service (IASS) informs parents about their rights and the rights of their child under the education law. The Independent Advice and Support Service also offers practical help and support with the following:

  • Helping parents understand the Education, Health and Social Care (EHC) planning/assessment process for Special Educational Needs.
  • Helping parents understand the annual review process.
  • Supporting parents to represent their views at meetings via letters or forms.
  • Filling in forms and replying to letters if parents are unable to.
  • Requesting information on your child’s special educational needs.
  • Helping parents to understand the system for supporting your child’s special educational needs.
  • Where there are disagreements the Independent Advice and Support Service can provide advice and help to get your views across.
  • Able to provide advice around special educational needs Tribunals, but cannot act as a representative.

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