Ordinary lives: disabled children and their families: a guide for donors and funders

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Langerman, Cathy; Worrall, Eve
New Philanthropy Capital
Date of publication
1 June 2005
Disabled people
Social welfare
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This document provides a guide for funders and donors seeking to contribute to charities working with children with disabilities and their families. There are an estimated 700,000 disabled children in the UK (5% of all children). Disabled children have the same needs as other children: to learn, have fun, make friends, play and go on holiday. However, they face many barriers that prevent them from doing these things, leading to loneliness and frustration. Many disabled children do not get the equipment, therapy or communication aids they require. This can slow their development and limit their capacity to take part in everyday activities. The government plays the primary role in providing financial support and services for disabled children and their families. However, benefits and services have too many exclusionary criteria attached and are not reaching enough families. Charities are often the first port of call for families. They provide emotional support, information and help in navigating and accessing the range of available services and benefits. NPC recommends funding a range of charities – from those that support children and families directly, to strategic, national organisations that influence policy and society.

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