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Financial Benefits for Families with a Child with Special Needs


Once your child is diagnosed, you as a parent have a lot to ponder. Schooling, therapy, lifestyle changes, special services. There are a multitude of choices you must make on a daily basis, and making these decisions can seem overwhelming. And the biggest question of all feels like a tremendous burden: How do you pay for all of these things?

Below is a list of resources that you can explore.

Your Regional Center

Did you know that there is a local regional center that offers help to families of children with special needs? In addition, if your child is a regional center client, the regional center can purchase services. This means that if there is sufficient documentation in your child’s Individual Program Plan of his or her need, and there is no other agency responsible for providing those services, your region center can pay.


The next resource you should look into is Medi-Cal. It provides health coverage for low-income families who live in California and qualify for the program. Medi-Cal provides health, dental, and vision benefits to uninsured children, and there are many different Medi-Cal programs, so if your child is not eligible under one, he or she may be eligible under another.

IHSS (In-Home Supportive Services)

If you care for your child with special needs, the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program can compensate you as a caregiver so your child can remain safely in your own home. Within IHSS is a more intensive service hour allotment called “Protective Supervision”. This is for individuals who qualify because they need constant observation to protect them from injuries or accidents.

Tax Deductions

Did you know that there are instances when you can deduct expenses related to your child with special needs  on your income tax return? And even though tax laws change from year to year and the process is complex and may require a professional, it is worth looking into for your family.

Don’t let the financial side of caring for your child with special needs become a source of constant stress for you. If  you need help, please contact us.

American Disability Association is dedicated to the wellbeing and protection of children with disabilities and actively provides support to enhance their quality of life. Whether you are dealing with federal or state benefits or struggling with a school district to get proper education for your child, we have the resources to help you. Many individuals and families managing a disability are not aware of the wide array of services available to them, or they do not know how to apply for these benefits in a way that is likely to succeed.

Contact us for help. Dial (888) 323-2133 or email us at [email protected]