Founded in 1971 BILD helps develop the organisations who provide services, and the people who give support.
Popular questions about issues affecting parents and carers of children with special educational needs, including guidance about statementing.
Ten percent (10%) of the British population are dyslexic; 4% severely so. Dyslexia is identified as a disability as defined in the Equality Act 2010. The BDA campaigns for a dyslexia friendly society where barriers to dyslexic people do not exist and works to ensure that ALL people with dyslexia fulfil their potential. BDA runs a number of courses and events throughout the year including training workshops for parents, teachers, tutors and employer. Click Training & Events tab to see if there are any near Your Location.
Dyslexia Action is a national charity that takes action to change the lives of people with dyslexia and literacy difficulties by offering help and support direct to individuals, empowering others so they can help individuals affected by dyslexia, influencing change to help individuals affected by dyslexia. Dyslexia Action operate through 26 main centres and a network of teaching outposts and unit - find the one closes to Your Location via the Find Us tab.
Search the official database for primary, secondary and special needs schools near Your Location or anywhere in England. You can also access Ofsted reports and get information on school performance.
Useful information and guidance on: the different types of SEN, Professionals who may be involved in helping your child, School choices - special, mainstream or a mix, Choosing a school, Help at school, The law, Advice and support. You can also search for SEN schools near Your Location or anywhere in the UK.
IPSEA is a registered charity offering free and independent advice to parents of children with special educational needs in England and Wales on: local authorities’ legal duties to assess and provide for children with special educational needs; exclusions of children with special needs/disabilities; actions or inaction by local authorities and/or schools which discriminate against children with disabilities.
Click for SEN schools around Your Postcode. Special schools for Your Location for moderate to severe learning difficulties, ADHD, Autism, Physical impairment, complex health needs, communication difficulties, dyspraxia and other special needs.
Online discussion forum about Special Educational Needs
Nasen is the leading organisation in the UK which aims to promote the education, training, advancement and development of all those with special and additional support needs.
The Information, Advice and Support Services Network (IASS Network) offer information, advice and support for parents/carers of children and young people with special educational needs (SEN). They are statutory services which means there has to be one in every local authority. Search for your nearest IASS closest to Your Location. They are free, impartial and confidential services. The overall aim is to provide a menu of flexible services for parents whose children have SEN in order to empower them to play an active and informed role in their child's education.
Some children have needs or disabilities that affect their ability to learn. For example: behavioural/social (eg difficulty making friends), reading and writing (eg dyslexia), understanding things, concentrating (eg Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), physical needs or impairments. Click for more details information.
LEAs, schools, early education settings and those who help them – including health and social services – are obliged to have regard to the Code of Practice which is designed to help these bodies to make effective decisions regarding children with SEN. It does not (and could not) tell them what to do in each individual case. This document should help schools and LEAs to obtain the best value from the considerable resources and expertise they invest in helping children with special educational needs.
SEN Magazine has interesting and authoritative features, news and articles covering all issues to do with SEN and disability - useful for teachers, SENCOs, carers, parents, therapists and all practitioners in special needs.
The Special Educational Needs Advice Centre (SENAC) is a regional charity providing independent advice and advocacy on behalf of children and young people with disabilities and special educational needs attending schools in Northern Ireland up to the age of 19 years.
National Bureau for students with learning disabilities - SKILL promotes equality in education, training and employment for disabled people.
SOSSEN offer a free, friendly, independent and confidential telephone helpline for parents and others looking for information and advice on Special Educational Needs, concentrating on helping people to find their way through the legal and procedural maze which is so daunting to so many who try to obtain satisfactory provision for a child’s special needs. They aim to empower parents and carers, and to encourage them to become sufficiently confident to tackle for themselves the obstacles and difficulties that arise in battling for SEN rights. They have a few walk-in centres in the south east of England - see if there is one near [Postaltown].
Website with facility to search for many different kinds of special needs schools and links to lots of support groups. Find a special needs school near you or search the website for special schools throughout the UK