Please also refer to the resource section ‘All about Support from your Local Authority’ which will also give guidance about your rights and benefits.
What are you entitled to?
WE have brought together some useful ‘Hints and Tips’ around the Care Act and how to receive a specialist assessment which should take into account your daily support needs. This can be downloaded here
Implementing the Care Act – The charity Sense also provide guidance on Deafblind assessments. Click here to read about how you can request and evidence your requirement for a specialist deafblind assessment.
Care and Support for Deafblind Children and Adults – DoH Policy Guidance – Useful information issued by the Department of Health as it provides policy guidance in relation to the Care Act 2014. To read the document in full click here.
Blue Badge; Disabled Parking Permits
The charity, Contact for families with disabled children offer comprehensive information about the blue badge scheme and how to apply. This is usually done through your local authority.
New rules will come into force from the 30th August 2019 which will take into account hidden disabilities as well as many people now being able to automatically qualify if they meet specific rules. You can read the full information here
The Government have also announced a new online system which means applicants can complete the whole process online, hopefully making it easier and quicker to apply. You can find further information and apply online here
Supports working parents and carers and their employers find a better balance between responsibilities at home and work. They offer a legal help-line to give parents and carers advice on employment rights, benefits and entitlements.
They also offer resources for parents of children who are affected by disabilities including knowing your rights, choosing childcare, entitlements and information about the ‘Waving not Drowning Network’ project. This project provides a helpline, newsletter, e-bulletin and occasional events and publications for parents of disabled children and carers of adults who want to combine paid work with their caring responsibilities.
You can find out more about these resources here
Renaissance Legal specialise in working with families and carers of disabled and vulnerable individuals, helping them plan effectively for the future.
Part of the Government Department for Work & Pensions. The ODI supports the development of policies to remove inequality between disabled and non-disabled people. Read the latest policy paper on disabled people’s rights following the UK’s first periodic review here: Disabled people’s rights: info following the UK’s 1st periodic review
Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman Service
This is a free service, which is often the final stage for complaints about councils, all adult social care providers (including care homes and home care agencies) and some other organisations providing local public services.
‘We investigate complaints in a fair and independent way – we do not take sides.’ (quote from the IGO website)