Welcome to the September edition of Disability Grants News - a monthly round up of highlights on the Disability Grants website and resources for anyone with a disability, caring for or working with disabled adults or children.
Computer and Assistive Technology Grants
Resources for Disability Professionals- includes presentation on Grants for the Disabled for professionals to show to carers and other disability support groups
The main focus this month is Education and Training
- Local councils in England and Scotland can help with the cost of school uniform if you are in receipt of certain benefits. Check on your local council's website (each council is different). Parents in Wales can apply for a grant of £105 for learners entering Year 7. In Northern Ireland the Clothing Allowance Scheme covers pupils in primary, post-primary and special schools.
- In England students in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living or Personal Independence Payments (aged 16-19 years) can apply for The Bursary Fund from their school, college or training provider. Young people aged 19 years+ at 31 August 2017 and have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) can also apply to the Bursary Fund.
- Disabled young people (aged 19 and over) moving into further or higher education may also be able to apply for
financial help from Discretionary Learner Support to help those disadvantaged through low income or disability. Each institution has its own criteria and amounts awarded can vary.
- The Open University provide a huge number of free online courses through its Open Learn
- The Woodland Trust will be offering free trees to schools and community groups. It will reopen for applications on 11th September 2017.
- Education authorities usually have to provide free transport to children who are unable to walk or have a special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Free transport is not dependent on income. Cerebra have produced a guide to help parents in England. IPSEA provide detailed information on the law around the provision of home to school transport. For post 16 years each Authority is different. Some will offer free school/college transport others will ask for a contribution.
- The Disabled Students helpline operated by Disability Rights reopens at 11am on Tuesday 12th September 2017. Telephone: 0800 328 5050
- Save money with a Kids Pass for discounts at Cinemas, family days out and restaurants. If you purchase a Kids Pass Disability Grants receives a small remuneration from the sale.
And finally, check out our latest blog post Living with Dementia in our Disability Grants Blog.
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