Children with disabilities

Disability affects about 15% of people in the UK at some time in their lives.


Support available

The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) protects disabled children and young people from discrimination. The DDA describes a person as disabled if he/she has a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial, long term and adverse effect on the person's ability to carry out normal day to day activities.

If your child or the child/young person you care for has a disability the future may seem like a real struggle, not just for them, but for you too. If your child is disabled, you are not alone. You may be entitled to receive some financial help to support you in caring for your child. There are also many other extra services and support available for you and your child.

If you are worried about your child, seek advice and help from your health visitor or GP. Make contact with services and get the support you need.

Other useful contacts 

Child Mind Institute - The institute provides a range of resources that aim to build the confidence of children with learning disorders.

Contact a Family- For families with disabled children. Helpline 0808 808 3555 or Textphone 0808 808 3556 Freephone for parents and families (Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm & Mon, 5.30-7.30pm).

Disabled Living Foundation - 'Living made easy for children' consists of impartial advice and information for a parent/carer of a disabled child or a healthcare professional. It providesclear, practical advice on daily living equipment thus empowering individuals to make an independent choice. It is funded by the Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).

Disability Matters - 'Free e-learning to enable you to challenge and positively change your fears, ideas, attitudes and beliefs towards disability and disabled children and young people'.