Any parent with contend that, at times, parenting can be challenging. Children of all ages have basic needs which need attending to and behavioral problems that must be addressed. Parents strive to provide a safe, happy and healthy home in which their children can grow and thrive. For parents of a child diagnosed with a disability; parenting can be especially trying and emotionally, mentally and financially draining at times.
According to a recent poll conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, today more children are considered disabled than in decades past. In fact, over the course of the last 10 years, reported incidences of families living with a disabled child rose roughly 16 percent.
Contributing factors to the significant rise in the number of disabled children include better and earlier diagnosis of certain mental and neurodevelopmental conditions. When collecting data, the CDC did not specifically ask families to list the type of disability, but many believe the dramatic increase is due to a nationwide increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism.
For parents whose main concern is providing a child with not only basic needs, but also the help and therapy the child needs to succeed in life, doing so can be an emotional and financial struggle. Thankfully, many children with disabilities qualify to receive disability benefits. Social security disability beneficiaries not only receive often much-needed monthly income, but also gain access to special educational programs and therapy sessions. In many cases, having access to monthly funds and special programs means the difference between success and failure for a disabled child and their families.
Source: Disability Scoop, "In Decade’s Time, Childhood Disabilities Rise 16 Percent," Shaun Heasley, May 6, 2013