This payment helps us towards the cost of different therapies for our son like therapeutic horse riding and additional speech and language or any other therapies we need.
The Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA) is a monthly payment for a child aged under 16 with a severe disability, who requires ongoing care and attention, substantially over and above the care and attention usually required by a child of the same age. It is not means tested. The allowance is currently €309.5 per month.
This can be difficult to get but having your paperwork all together with your application really helps. If you don’t get it first time try again.
More information and how to apply can be found on the Social Welfare website http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/1078_Domiciliary-Care-Allowance.aspx
If you are awarded the domiciliary care allowance you are automatically paid the annual carers support grant which is €1,700. Your child is also eligible for a medical card without a means test.
This allowance and more entitlements information can be found on our website at https://autismconnects.ie/entitlements/