Category Archives: learning difficulties

Call for review of Carer’s Allowance application process

The Carers’ Association has called for a complete review of the application process for the Carer’s Allowance in respect of those looking after people with learning disabilities and autism.

The association said it is encountering a worrying rise in the rejection rate following desk-top assessments at the Department of Social Protection.

The father of a 16-year-old boy with autism drives 50 miles a day to bring his son to the Stepping Stones ABA school in Kilcloon, Co Meath.

Anthony Doolan gave up his permanent, pensionable job ten years ago to care for his son Paul full-time.

He said his son cannot be left at any stage on his own and needs to be under constant supervision.

People with learning disabilities need friends

Contributing to society and being part of a community increases dignity and independence

The most important thing we can do as an organisation is to hear first-hand from those we support. That’s why Brandon Trust launched its first annual 100 Voices conference four years ago, bringing together as many of the people we support as possible.

Over those years we have discussed some of the most pressing issues they face; such as accessing transport, securing meaningful employment and the ugly but undeniably pressing issue of hate and mate crime.

Disabled help scheme could be continued

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: August 05, 2014

Scheme that should be continued

A SUCCESSFUL travel scheme which helps youngsters in Sudbury and Doveridge with special educational needs get out and about could be continued.

Derbyshire County Council’s training helps youths with reduced mobility, learning difficulties or low confidence use public transport.

Its contract with the National Star Foundation is due to end in September next year but a proposal to go out to tender for three years of the training will go to the cabinet meeting for children and young people on Tuesday.