Ability Net (Claim It) Campaign

Ability Net Claim It campaign helps find additional funding for students with disabilities and special needs who want to move into further education.

#ClaimItDSA

National Parent Partnership Network

Offers information, advice and support for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs. You can ask for details of your local service from your child’s school or local authority. You can also find details about their services, and contact details for your local service on their website.

SEN Legal

Leading experts specialising in education law.

Contact a Family

Gives advice and information to families with disabled or special needs children. The organisation also provides a range of factsheets and has a network of volunteer representatives. Helpline: 0808 808 3555 (Freephone: Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm).

Special Kids in the UK

Online support group for families of disabled children with special needs. The aim is to bring families together for friendship, to share information and to support one another. Advice on education, services, therapies, respite and other issues.If you care for a disabled child, you and your child may be entitled to some financial assistance and concessions to aid with the increase in living and travelling costs.

Special Educational Consortium

The Special Educational Consortium (SEC) is a group of organisations who protect and promote the right of disabled children and children with special educational needs to a high – quality education which meets their needs. SEC also has a Parliamentary Group that is particularly active during the passage of legislation. The role of the Parliamentary Group is to represent the views of SEC to members of parliament. What do they do? •They provide the SEN and disability sector with a strong and unified voice with which to talk to Government, Parliament and officials. •They provide a forum for the its members to develop their thinking on education policy and set political strategy across the sector. For more information visit the website or ring the number.

Small Steps

Children attend a group session at Small Steps once per week with a parent or carer. A team of teachers, conductors and physiotherapists lead the parent/ child team through a structured programme designed to help each child achieve the next developmental steps.

Sensory Linq UK

Sensory Linq are specialists in the field of sensory impairment. They offer support, guidance and training to local authorities, social and health care agencies in order to help them meet statutory requirements. They can even give you advice on meeting the needs of children who are deafblind (have multisensory impairment) on request.