For Families and Carers : Disability Living Allowance

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is for children who have extra care needs because of their illness or disability.  It’s not means-tested.

Children with Down’s syndrome will all eventually get DLA.  The earliest you can apply is when your child is 3 months old.  Think about applying when you feel that your child needs a lot more help than other children of their age.

DLA has two parts:  the care component and the mobility component.  You can’t get mobility until your child is at least 3 years old.

For information about the rules and how DLA works, look at our Guidelines to claiming DLA, for the appropriate age: