Taking action after your child gets their diagnosis can feel overwhelming. Find out where you can go for disability help, advice and support.

Getting help

Find information on Government help for disabled children. This can range from childcare to home adaptations.
Contact is a charity specialising in supporting families with disabled children.

Information and advice about conditions

You may have forgotten what the professionals told you or have more questions about your child's condition. It's OK to ask for someone to go over the information again. Ask for a written summary if this will help.

Charities and other voluntary organisations also provide useful information and advice. Please bear in mind that not all information online is by medical experts.

Search for information on specific conditions

Explore the NHS conditions information pages. They also have some tips on caring for a disabled child.

The charity Contact has an extensive A to Z of conditions. There's information on support organisations, symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment. 

Local support

There's a range of local services to support disabled children and their parents. These can be anything from daycare and financial help from your local authority to Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) support.

Find information about local disability services 

Use the Turn2us advice finder to search for local, regional and national organisations.

Search for your local authority to get information on support services in your area.

Try general enquiries

The department in charge of local services for disabled children varies in each local authority. If you’re not sure who to contact, call general enquiries and ask to be transferred to the correct team.

Financial support 

There are a range of benefits, grants and allowances that may be available to you and your child. These may include: 

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
Carer's Allowance
Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG)

Use the benefits calculator to find out what support you can claim. 

You may also be able to get leisure discounts. These can include reduced entry to cinemas, museums or leisure parks. Check with the company about their concessions policy. Browse our leisure tips for more information.