What are my entitlements?
Below are listed some of the entitlements which may be available for people with Autism and their carers. The list is not exhaustive and changes from time to time. It is for information purposes only and the final decision on granting any of the below rests with the relevant authority.
The HSE provides and funds a range of services for people with disabilities and their carers. These services include basic health services as well as assessment, rehabilitation, income maintenance, community care and residential care respite, home care and day care.
People with disabilities may be eligible to certain general health services such as medical cards, prescribed drugs and medicines, medical & surgical aids and appliances, hospital services, dental, optical and aural services. They may also be entitled to avail of the range of community care services which may include a public health nurse, home help, personal assistance, psychological services, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, social work services, physiotherapy, day care and respite.
You can also contact the HSE Live service for further information on 041 685 0300 or callsave 1850 24 1850.
Some people with Autism and their families may be entitled to a Medical Card or GP Visit card – Further information on these cards and how you can apply can be found here.
Domiciliary Care Allowance
Is a monthly payment for a child under the age of 16, with a severe disability that requires ongoing care & attention, over and above that which is usually required by a child of the same age. Further information can be obtained from the Department of Social Protection’s Website here.
The Disability Allowance is a weekly allowance paid to a person with a disability over the age of 16 years. Further information can be obtained here.
The Carers Allowance is a means tested allowance paid to carers who live with and look after people who need full time care and assistance. Information on the Carers Allowance can be found here.
Carers Support Grant (formerly called the Respite Care Grant)
The Carers Support Grant is an annual payment made to carers by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. Information on the Carers Support Grant can be found on the Department of Social Protection’s website here.
VAT refunds can be claimed on aids and appliances for people with disabilities. To see what qualifies, please consult Revenue’s website here.
The Incapacitated Child Tax Credit
The Incapacitated Child Tax Credit can be claimed for a child who is permanently incapacitated, either physically or mentally, and who is unable to support themselves. For more information please see the details on Revenues website here.
Tax relief on the cost of health expenses can be claimed. These can be personal health expenses, those of a family member or any individual’s that are being paid for by the person making the claim. For more information, and how to apply, see here.
Tax relief on additional health care expenses
Tax relief on additional health care expenses for a child can also be claimed, for example, tax relief on the cost of an assessment carried out by an educational psychologist for a qualifying child, and for speech and language therapy for a qualifying child (A qualified speech and language therapist must carry out the therapy). For further information, please see the relevant section of the Revenue website here.
Home Tuition Grant
The purpose of the Home Tuition Scheme is to provide a compensatory educational service for children who, for a number of reasons such as chronic illness, are unable to attend school. The scheme also provides a compensatory educational service for children with special educational needs seeking an educational placement. Provision is also made for early educational intervention for children with Autism. Further information can be obtained here.
This scheme provides funding for an extended school year for children with a severe or profound general learning disability, or children with Autism. For further details on the July Provision, please see the Department of Education & Skills website here. Alternatively, contact the programme directly via the following;
Address: The July Provision Programme Unit.
Department of Education & Skills,
Co. Westmeath N37 X659.
Phone: (090) 648 3839
School Transport Scheme
The School Transport Scheme is available to support the transport to and from school of children with special educational needs arising from a diagnosed disability. For further information on eligibility, please see the Department of Education’s website here.