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Once your child has been diagnosed with autism you may be entitled to a payment/allowance from the State. You must apply and qualify for these payments and allowances as they are not granted automatically. You will be required to complete the relevant application form and supply supplementary documentary evidence to support your application such as a diagnostic report, specialist reports or assessment reports. Some of the allowance are means tested such as Carer’s Allowance, so you will be required to provide financial information.

Our Family Support Team will be happy to give you more information about these entitlements and assist you with the application process. You can contact them on 021 4377052 or email:

Carers Allowance

Carer’s Allowance is a payment to people on low incomes who are caring full-time for a person who needs support because of age, disability or illness (including mental illness). The person being cared for must require full-time care and attention. 

Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA)

Domiciliary Care Allowance is a monthly payment for a child with a severe disability. The payment is not based on the type of disability. It is based on the impact of the disability.

Incapacitated Child Tax

The Incapacitated Child Tax Credit is available to the parent or guardian of a child:
•    who is permanently incapacitated, either physically or mentally

•    where there is a reasonable expectation that the child will be unable to maintain themselves when over 18.

Carers Benefit

Carer’s Benefit is a payment available to insured people who may need to leave work or reduce their hours to care for a person or people in need of full-time care.

Disability allowance

Disability Allowance is a weekly allowance paid to people with a disability. You can get it from 16 years of age.

If you are in education when you turn 16, you can continue to attend school while receiving this allowance.

home tuition grant

The Home Tuition Grant is available to children with autism aged between 2 ½ years and 5 years of age who cannot find an appropriate early intervention placement within the State Education system


Brightening the future for autistic children & their families

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