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Being a disabled parent brings a new set of challenges not covered by your usual parenting guides!
Your disability (or indeed your partner’s ability or disability) will dictate whether you need accessible equipment and extra support for you to carry out your parenting role.
Ask for an (re)assessment from your local Occupational Therapist about equipment options and strategies to help with all your daily tasks from changing nappies to taking part in activities with your child.
And contact Social Services for a Community Care Assessment so they can work out if you are eligible for additional support and services.
Support organisations provide information, advice and the opportunity to network with parents who have a similar disability to your own.
As other disabled parents are often the best source of information on the practicalities and the reality of parenting with a disability.
Grants to help pay for the additional costs can be found throughout the Disability Grants website.
In particular, check through the other pages in the Grants for Disabled Adults section.
The Foundation provides support where parents are unable to meet the financial commitments through death, accident, severe illness, divorce, desertion or loss of employment.
Grants are available only for sixth form education in fee paying schools (including state boarding schools) to students expected to achieve a high educational standard.
Recent grants awarded range from £500 to £1500 a term.
Enquiries and applications should be made to the Education Officers:
Juli and Paul Spillance
Telephone: 0115 937 6526
The Reedham Trust supports children who require care and assistance through the death or disablement of one or both parents or the severe disability of a sibling that may be detrimental to the child.
The grants enable the children to attend a boarding school (both state and private) of their choice as different schools suit different children.
Applications are only accepted where the parent has insufficient income or assets to pay for boarding.
Further information can be obtained from: Ms Sarah Jane Smart, 23 Old Lodge Lane, Purley, Surrey, CR8 4DJ
Royal National Children's Springboard Foundation
The Royal National Children's Foundation supports children and young people aged 7 to 18 years where parents are unable to provide care through adverse home conditions.
This may be due to death or the serious illness of one or both parents, divorce, separation or other situations such as a severely disabled sibling.
15% of children and young people supported by the Foundation are young carers who have cared for a sibling or parents.
It provides support for the child to attend a boarding school (state or private) or in some cases a day school. Decisions to fund are made on boarding need not educational need.
Applications may be made by relatives, support professionals or schools.
Demand (for custom equipment)
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