It can help you financially so you can stay home and take care of your child who has a disability like autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or epilepsy. You can now go to all the doctor appointments and therapies and personally supervise the services and monitor what your child receives without worrying about scheduling time off from work or taking a day without pay.
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When your child is diagnosed with autism, life seems to go into overdrive. There are doctor’s appointments to arrange, therapists to visit, and school services to manage. There are books and websites to read, information to review, and changes to make at home. Perhaps most importantly, your time with your child suddenly becomes time for therapy. Instead of relaxing in front of the TV or hanging out in the backyard, you’re working with your child to build communication skills, social skills, and play skills.
Families can often make sacrifices to support their children and make sure they live joyful and productive lives. If you have a child with autism, sometimes it means that you have to pay a lot of money to improve your child’s quality of life with doctor visits and therapy. Luckily, there are disability benefits to help you with the medical and living costs that can add up quickly. (more…)
If you have a child with a disability, you already feel the stress of having to take care of her health, educational and emotional needs. This doesn’t even include having to cope with a drastically lowered income because of reduced work hours or having to pay someone else for childcare.
Have you cut back your hours or quit your job altogether to take care of your child with special needs? Between all the doctor’s appointments and the time taken off when he is sick, it’s really tough to maintain a fulltime job. And mostly, even though you know it will be hard financially, you know you need to do what is best for your child.