This report describes minimum essential budget standards for children of differing ages and with a range of disabilities. Using a new and innovative approach, the budget standards were drawn up by almost 300 parents of severely disabled children. The study concludes that the minimum cost of raising a severely disabled child is, on average, three times more than for a child without a disability.
The authors describe the priorities and experiences which influenced the parents' decisions. They examine the implications of the findings for benefit provision and service delivery.