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Tax allowances:
 Incapacitated Child Tax Credit
 This is an extra tax credit on your tax, and you need to apply to your local Tax Office, to have it allowed

www.citizensinformation.ie/en/money_and_tax/tax..


Home Carers Tax Credit
This is a tax credit for a stay at home parent/guardian.

www.citizensinformation.ie/...credits.../home_carers_tax_credit.html
 
SOCIAL PROTECTION AND HSE ALLOWANCES
Disability allowance
 Disability Allowance is a weekly allowance paid to people with a disability. You can get Disability Allowance from 16 years of age.

www.citizensinformation.ie/.../disability.../disability_allowance.html

 
Domiciliary allowance
Domiciliary Care Allowance is a monthly payment to the carer of a child with a disability so severe that the child requires care and attention and/or supervision substantially in excess of another child of the same age. This care and attention must be provided to allow the child to deal with the activities of daily living. The child must be likely to require this level of care and attention for at least 12 months.  This is dealt with by the Department of Social Protection

www.citizensinformation.ie/.../domiciliary_care_allowance.html
 
Carers Allowances
Carer's Allowance is a payment to people who are looking after a person who needs support because of age, physical or learning disability or illness.

www.citizensinformation.ie/en/.../carers/carers_allowance.html
 
Carers Benefit
Carer's Benefit is a payment made to insured people who leave the workforce to care for a person(s) in need of full-time care and attention.

www.citizensinformation.ie/en/social.../carers/carers_benefit.html

Carers Leave
The Carer's Leave Act 2001 allows employees in Ireland to leave their employment temporarily to provide full-time care for someone in need of full-time care and attention. Since 24 March 2006 the minimum period of leave is 13 weeks and the maximum period is 104 weeks (was 65 weeks).
Carer's leave from employment is unpaid but the Carer’s Leave Act ensures that those who propose to avail of carer's leave will have their jobs kept open for them for the duration of the leave. You may be eligible for Carer's Benefit if you have enough PRSI contributions. If you do not qualify for Carer's Benefit you may qualify for Carer's Allowance which is a means-tested payment. You can take carer's leave even if you do not qualify for either of these payments.

www.citizensinformation.ie/.../leave.../carers_leave_from_employment.html
 
Respite Care Grant
The Respite Care Grant is an annual payment made to carers by the Department of Social Protection. Carers can use the grant in whatever way they wish. You can use the grant to pay for respite care if you wish, but you do not have to do so..

www.citizensinformation.ie/en/social.../respite_care_grant.html
 
Medical Card

www.citizensinformation.ie/en/health/...to.../medical_card.html
 
GP CARD

www.citizensinformation.ie/en/health/...to.../gp_visit_cards.html

 

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Include your child in preparation for the new school year. Promote vocabulary development by talking about what is needed. Involvement in the process can make this a positive and exciting time.

Chairperson Message of The Month

Hello, my name is Paudie Murray and I am husband to Aoife and father to Rachael, Ciara and Hannah. Hannah who has Down syndrome is approaching her fourth birthday and is currently attending pre-school. Hannah is a unique individual with her own personality, family background and preferences that make her who she is. She is our child, our daughter, our sister but ultimately she is herself. Previous to Hannah’s birth we had little knowledge of the difficulties for people with Down Syndrome and their families. However, neither did we realise how rewarding it would be to parent a child with Down Syndrome. Hannah brings more joy and happiness to our family than anyone could ever imagine and we have learned so much already from her.

At Down Syndrome Limerick we are dedicated to being a primary source of information and support to people with Down syndrome and their families working towards an improved quality of life for our members and a respect for and acceptance of people with Down syndrome as valued members of our society. We place the person with Down syndrome at the centre of our organization and we value the uniqueness and diverse needs of our members and their families which govern all our activities.

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