To help people with dyslexia afford the living costs, financial aid and grants can be available. Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects between 20 and 90 percent of the population. It is also the most prevalent of all neuro-cognitive disorders. Many people don’t realize that financial and other aid are available to them. If you have recently received diagnois or for a loved one, this is the best place to begin.
DiagnosisAccess To Work Funding Apply after you have appliedClaiming moneyfrom your grantOther support
The cost of diagnosing a disability can be expensive. Disability Rights UK can help. According to their website, Disability Rights UK is a registered national charity. Because we are a charity, our resources are limited so we cannot provide financial assistance to students with disabilities or others working for them.” However, they suggest that you apply here to get help with the costs associated with getting a diagnosis.
Access to Work Funding
Access to work funding refers to government funding that can be used for disability support. If you are disabled or have a mental or physical condition, this funding can help you stay or get into work.
This can be used to pay for:
Access to Work currently funds all of the equipment and training for assistive technology.
You must have a job that is paid or be in the process of starting one.
Part-time or full-time, a paid job may include:
employmentself-employmentan apprenticeshipa work trial or work experiencean internshipa work placement
Access to Work assistance is not available for voluntary work.
Your income and benefits
Access to Work can offer support:
However, you can have as much as you want in savings while still receiving benefits. As long as you work more hours per week, however, you are not restricted by how much.
Access to Work can be contacted if you have any questions about your eligibility.
Access to Work Helpline
Telephone: 0800 121 7479 Textphone: 0800 121 7579
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Access to Work can be applied online or over the phone.
You will need to give the following:
your contact detailsyour workplace address and postcodethe name of a workplace contact who can confirm you work there (they will not be contacted without your permission)the email address or work phone number of your workplace contactyour Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) number (if you’re self-employed)information about how your condition affects your work and what support you think you need
Access to Work will contact your about your application after you have submitted it. You may be asked questions by the person:
For more information about you and your job, please speak with your employer.
A letter will be sent to you with a decision, explanation and details about how much grant money was granted and the intended use of that grant.
You can complain if you disagree with the decision.
If you disagree with the decision made, and would like it to be reconsidered, call the access-to-work helpline.
If you are dissatisfied with the service or the way your case was handled, you can call the helpline.
Claim money from your grant
The decision letter will outline how you can claim your grant money. It is possible that you will have to first pay for the support that you require. The letter will explain how you can claim your money back. Keep your receipts and invoices as proof.
Access to Work will pay some providers directly for certain services – your letter will provide instructions on how to do this.
Call the helpline if your grant is exhausted and you require more money to pay for something you were told in your decision letter.
Renewal of your grant
If you are using your grant to support ongoing services, such as support workers, you must renew it before it expires. You will receive a letter stating that your grant is ending and you have 12 weeks to apply for renewal.
Additional Support is Available
This is a huge benefit as it can greatly assist dyslexic people in gaining access to higher education. You may also be eligible for financial aid to help you with costs related to studying. Click here to find out if you are eligible for financial aid in higher education. Your individual needs will determine the type and amount of support you receive. This is not dependent on your household income. A bursary from the university could also be available. Learn more by clicking here
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Literacy Foundation for Children
Children with learning disabilities, especially dyslexia, can receive financial assistance to offset the cost of intervention. Here are the requirements to apply.
Every 6-8 weeks, they consider new applicants.
Fashion and Textiles Children’s Trust
One parent must be employed in the UK fashion or textile industry for at least one of the past nine years to apply for an FTCT grant. Learn more about trade criteria.
The trust may be able to help with one-off payments to cover expenses related to living with dyslexia (and others).
Grants for essential items (here),Rehousing Grants(here),Specialist Equipment Grants(here),Therapy Grantss (here).
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