Carers have a legal right to an assessment of their needs. If you provide regular, unpaid care for your son or daughter, you may be entitled to a carer's assessment.
Community care is help that is provided to people in need to help them live as independently as possible.
If you have a child with a learning disability you may be entitled to claim certain benefits for yourself, or on their behalf.
Mencap has been working in partnership with In Control to produce advice and information about self-directed support.
Direct payments allow people to receive money directly from their local authority, so they can pay for their own services and live more independently.
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is being replaced by Personal Independence Payments (PIP). Read our PIP Frequently Asked Questions guide to find the answers to some common queries.