Guest blog: How much does it all cost
Updated: Apr 18, 2020
Our guest gives us a financial breakdown (based on US $)
What Kinds of Costs Could You Accrue When Your Child is Diagnosed with a Disability?
By B. Burguess
Guest Blog for https://dadability.wordpress.com
A child’s disability diagnosis can bring with it daunting new information and terminologies for parents to learn and understand. Some of these have to do with the necessary equipment, tools, and treatments their child will need. As a rule, the tools that serve individuals with disabilities can be broken up into home or vehicle modifications, medications, medical procedures and surgeries, equipment and technology, professional aids, and other financial considerations.
In order to give parents a better idea of what to expect, we’ve broken these categories into specific types of products and discussed the details of them below. We strive to provide information on the types of expenditures necessary as well as the costs of these expenditures. For more info on these specific costs, view our full Cost Guide here.
Any change to the home or car that helps people with disabilities live more simply and comfortably is called a modification. Some examples of home/vehicle modifications include:
Door widening or full threshold doorways
Motion detectors for lights
Remote controls for doorbells, heating, and cooling
Removal of steps
Bathroom remodel for ramps and wheelchair space
Individuals with disabilities may be prescribed certain medications to help control symptoms or achieve more comfort. These could include:
Surgeries and Medical Procedures
Surgeries and medical procedures may be necessary or desired to improve an individual’s quality of life or general health. Such medical needs could include:
Hearing and vision correction surgery
Equipment and Technology
Any type of object or system that promotes greater independence in people with disabilities is called assistive technology. Adaptive equipment is a term used to refer to a technology designed specifically for people with disabilities: things people without disabilities rarely use. Types of assistive technology and adaptive equipment include tools for:
Eating: Utensils that are weighted, wrist cuffs to attach utensils to the wrist.
Vision and hearing assistance: Cochlear implants, hearing aids, glasses.
Mobility: Crutches, wheelchairs, gait trainers.
Personal care: Long-handled hair brushes, toothpaste tube squeezers.
Safety: Shower railings, emergency response buttons.
Writing, communicating, and computing: Keyboards with large keys, talk-to-text technology.
Resting, sitting, and standing: Stationary stander supports, bed positioning systems.
Children and adults with cerebral palsy often may require in-home caretakers, appointments with experts, and support from other doctors and specialists. Compensating these people can make up a large portion of the expenses associated with caring for an individual who has cerebral palsy. Some of the people you may end up paying for support services include:
It’s important to consider and plan for a few costs outside of the basic treatments for individuals with disabilities. These have more to do with making simple daily tasks easier for those with disabilities or preserving the lives of parents and caregivers. These include:
Loss of wages or caregiver considerations
Psychological care for caregivers
Sensory-friendly clothing and other items
B. Burguess is a mother and writer from Michigan, who focuses on pregnancy, parenting, and children with disabilities. She writes for The HIE Help Center, a website that offers information and supportive resources for families of children with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).