Pre-School Years

There are a number of schemes available to parents and the main scheme which is not means tested is the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme. This provides care and education for children of pre-school age. Children can participate in the ECCE scheme from 3 years of age and continue until they start primary […]

Potty Training

As you are aware most mainstream preschools won’t accept a child who isn’t potty trained. This can be extremely difficult if you have a child with additional needs. Let me talk about physical first, it may be normal for most boys to stand up when using the bathroom, however, it may not always work that […]

College Education Funds by Allan

It’s great to hear from families that their children with additional are able to secure a place in training centres and some have gone on to third level education. There are a number of means tested grants that students can apply for which lowers the cost of colleges and universities in Ireland. However, the most […]

Reflective Summer -by Dolores

Well, how was your summer? After speaking with a number of parents in the last few week, most parents have had a lovely summer, they spoke about holidays, summer camps and a bit of sunshine. A lot of parents also expressed how they felt it was great for their children to be going back to […]

Wheelchairs And Holidays 

For a wheelchair user, you must make sure that all places you visit are on holidays are fully wheelchair accessible. You must also check the place out before you visit to make sure that the place has wheelchair ramps and that you can get around the place without having problems. If you are also booking a […]

Trustees Duties By Allan

Deciding who you want to serve as your trustees is a decision that could have huge implications for your child’s financial security. It is a decision not to take lightly and for you to clearly match up with the right person When the Trustees take up their role they will have to get to grips […]

How Important Is Respite? – By Dolores

The answer is very important for everyone, parents, siblings and most importantly your child with additional needs. Do you know I was such a protective parent I didn’t let David go into respite until his teens!! I don’t think this was the right thing to do for David. Why? First of all most children go […]

Fair Deal Scheme – by Allan

Parents assume that after their passing the family home and any assets they have will be passed into the trust for their child with additional needs and/or divided by their other children. However, the reality is that the next generation of people to enter the Fair Deal scheme will be paying a large proportion of […]