Parenting with a Disability

Parenting is a challenge for everyone. Every day is a learning experience for a parent as new challenges and decisions arise. This is the same for disabled and able-bodied people. Anyone who is a parent knows that there are long days, sleepless nights, and a whole bunch of happiness and chaos involved in raising a child.  


The fact that many government agencies believe that a person with a disability is not capable of being a good parent is simply wrong. A physical disability does not prevent someone from loving or caring for another person.  


Parents with disabilities should know their rights and be prepared to stand up against this type of discriminatory action. Following are tips to help on your journey. 


Know Your Resources  


The first thing that you should do as a disabled parent is understand what resources are available to you. Many agencies, both private and government sponsored, have programs available that may help you with having a disability while raising a child. Having the right tools to assist you with your disability ensures that you have more quality time to spend with your children.  



Have an Emergency Plan  


One of the biggest reasons that government agencies state that a parent with a disability is a risk to the child is because of the potential for emergencies. These agencies claim that in the event of an emergency, either with the child or with the parent, that the child would be in danger because the disabled parent could not respond.  


The best thing to do to avoid this scenario is to have an emergency plan in place. This way, if questioned by any agency, you can eliminate their unnecessary fears by laying out the plan. Things to consider are interactive security systems in your home that you can voice activate in an emergency, an alert device that you can trigger in the event of an emergency, or other similar devices based on your current needs.  



Ask for Help  


Every parent, disabled or not, should know when to ask for help. All parents find themselves at one point or another in a situation that they think they cannot handle when it comes to their children. What every parent should do at that point is seek help from a loved one or a service provider to help them get through the situation.  


All parents face hardships with their children. It is a part of the parenting process. It should not matter if you are disabled or if you are not. The only thing that should matter when it comes to parenting is if you have the ability to love and care for your children as they deserve. 


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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).