Introduction to Benefits
There are a number of Benefits, Entitlements and Allowances that can be applied for to help your child with Autism or Asperger Syndrome. Some of these are on an entitlement basis based on the disability, some are means tested, some are age dependent and some are needs based.
It can be very confusing trying to make sense of all these especially if you are trying to come to terms with a new diagnosis. We have tried to clarify the various options below. Some of these will apply to you and hopefully the hints and tips we give will help when completing the forms.
Our first tip is to ensure you have copies of all your child’s assessments and reports. Always keep the originals yourself and have a pile of copies to hand at all times.
Work through the forms one by one, they are not as complicated as they seem. Once you have completed the form always keep a copy. Get a lever arch file and create sections for each separate application. You can then file all correspondence to do with that application in the relevant section.
If you are applying for something which involves making a number of phone calls it is worth making a call sheet to keep a record of all calls. This is basically an A4 sheet you keep in your folder with the following headings: Date, Person Spoken to, Action or Message. It can be frustrating at times making endless calls to seemingly faceless offices but we have found over the years that the best way to get results is to be pleasantly persistent. I.e. always be polite to the person on the phone but keep a log of the calls and always follow up calls.
This information is available in the public domain and cannot be construed as professional, technical or legal advice. It is a summary of information from Government Websites and the Inland Revenue Website, standard textbook information and personal accounts and experience. This list is based on our knowledge at the time and is not exhaustive.