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Financial Support

Unfortunately, there is very little direct financial support available to families towards the costs associated with dyslexia, apart from the following:

VAT back on computers/specialist software

If computers are bought for home/personal use, the VAT on these purchases can be claimed back, however, the child’s report must state that the computers/software are essential, not merely beneficial.  The form needed is Form VAT 61A which you can download it from the revenue website ( or contact the Revenue Central Repayments Office at 047 62100.

Grants for schools to purchase computers for dyslexic students

Schools can apply for grants to purchase computers and other specialised equipment/software for students with severe dyslexia where a computer/specialist software is deemed necessary (a grant will not be given if the support is merely beneficial).  With the schools agreement, this computer could be brought home in the evening for homework and study.  The computer is the school’s property, so when the child leaves the school, the computer remains with the school.

DAI Funding

In exceptional circumstances, DAI through its fundraising efforts is able to offer some reduced cost/funded assessments where individuals/families are on social welfare or on a low income; please ask if you feel that you may need assistance. A subsidy of up to 50% of the assessment fee may be granted in such exceptional circumstances. Applications for a reduced rate assessment must be submitted to DAI at least 2 weeks in advance of your assessment date. Late applications cannot be accepted. Applicants are encouraged to save up some money each week towards the assessment while they wait for an appointment. DAI is a charity, and we are only able to offer these limited subsidies due to fundraising and donations.

DAI Branches, through their own local fundraising, may also have limited funding available at local level towards Workshop fees for families experiencing exceptional financial difficulty.  Contact your local Branch for further information.

Domiciliary Care Allowance

Domiciliary Care Allowance is a monthly payment made in Ireland to the carer of a child with a severe disability who lives at home.  While no disability is excluded, conditions are not normally considered unless there is a very high degree of additional care and attention required.  Please note that  this allowance is very rarely granted on the basis of dyslexia only.

To apply, fill in a Domiciliary Care Allowance form which is available from your local Social Welfare Office or Citizens Information centre.  Your completed application form and supporting documentation should be sent to:

Domiciliary Care Allowance,

Social Welfare Services Office,
Department of Social Protection,
College Road,
Tel.  071 915 7100

Locall 1890 500 000


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DAI activities are part-funded by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Scheme to Support National Organisations 2016-2019 administered by Pobal), the Special Education Section of the Department of Education and Skills, SOLAS and KWETB.