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Access arrangements and disabled students’ allowance

Pearson Assessment
Pearson Clinical offers a range of tools that can help provide the evidence needed for your students’ crucial application for Access Arrangement and Disabled Students Allowance. Download their NEW AA & DSA interactive guide that allows you to easily find the most suitable JCQ or SACS approved assessments to identify your students’ unique examination needs.

Accessible vehicles

Allied Mobility
The UK’s leading wheelchair accessible vehicle supplier. A Motability partner, they offer free home demonstrations to ensure you find the right car for your needs. You can be sure they’ll be with you every step of the way, from delivering your car through to yearly safety checks and servicing right outside your front door.

ADHD/ADD

ADDers.org
Information and support forum for those affected by ADD/ADHD.

National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service (ADDISS)
Resources and information for ADHD.

Assistive technology

Dyslexic.com supply assistive technology products and services for individuals, educational institutions and commercial organisations to support people with a diverse range of disabilities. The software solutions include speech recognition, text-to-speech and typing tutors, and hardware options have digital recorders, portable scanners and ergonomic products.

Autism

Ambitious about Autism
Is a national charity for children and young people with autism, providing specialist services, raising awareness and understanding, and campaign for change. Through TreeHouse School, The Rise School and Ambitious College, their ambition is to make the ordinary possible for children and young people with autism. 

Autistica
Charity raising funds for medical research into autism.

Hesley Group
Hesley Group provides specialist support through its schools, colleges and adult residential services with a highly experienced and expert multidisciplinary educational, care and therapeutic staff resource, in high quality purpose built settings. Hesley are focused on positive outcomes and progress towards sustainable independence.

MemRabel
For people with failing memory, cognitive impairment or learning disability, MemRabel by Medpage enables a carer to create messages, which are played back at programmed times. Images, videos or voice recordings can be used as prompts to stimulate a response, remind of a task, or simply play a kind greeting. The new MemRabel 3 app provides a user-friendly platform for distant caring.

National Autistic Society
The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading autism charity providing information, advice, advocacy, training and resources for individuals and organisations. Its courses for professionals range from introductory for those new to working with people with autism, through to advanced courses in specialist topics for seasoned professionals.

Pearson Assessment
Pearson Clinical has a range of tools and resources to identify and support individuals with autism. Explore our Autism Assessment tools or watch Succeeding with SEND series: Focus on Autism, a conversation between a student and Autism expert on their path to diagnosis and the support they received that enabled them to succeed in their education.

Research Autism
Charity focused on researching interventions in autism.

BESD

Hesley Group
Hesley Group provides specialist support through its schools, colleges and adult residential services with a highly experienced and expert multidisciplinary educational, care and therapeutic staff resource, in high quality purpose built settings. Hesley are focused on positive outcomes and progress towards sustainable independence.

Bullying

Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA)
Charity dedicated to reforming attitudes and policy towards bullying.

Bullying UK
Support and advice on bullying.

Beat Bullying
UK bullying prevention charity.

United Response
United Response’s Disability Hate Crime campaign aims to help victims recognise the signs of a hate crime and empower them to report it. You can find out more and download their free training resource

Cerebral palsy

CerebralPalsy.org.uk
Supporting families affected by cerebral palsy with help and information including claims advice

Creative arts

The Arts Council (Artsmark)
Artsmark, the only creative quality standard for schools, can support you to build upon your commitment to creativity whilst developing pupils’ confidence, character and resilience.
Artsmark’s flexible framework allows you to embed arts and culture across the curriculum, putting creativity and wellbeing at the heart of your school.

Deafness

Auditory Verbal UK
Auditory Verbal UK is a national charity working with deaf children (aged 0 to 5) and their families. Their fortnightly programme supports parents to develop their child’s listening and spoken language skills and is available to families across the UK. They operate a bursary scheme to enable families to access the programme.

Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID)
Is one of the largest charities in the UK supporting people living with deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus.

National Deaf Children’s Society
Charity to help deaf children and young people.

Down syndrome

Down’s Syndrome Association
Information, support and training for those affected by Down syndrome.

The Down’s Syndrome Research Foundation UK (DSRF)
Charity focusing on medical research into Down syndrome.

Drama therapy

M&M Theatrical Productions
M&M Theatrical Productions are back with a brand new format, incorporating all the interactive and inclusive features of our usual productions, delivered in a safe and responsible way that allows for social distancing and multiple performances whilst ensuring learners of all ages and abilities are equally engaged, educated and entertained.

Dyslexia

British Dyslexia Association (BDA)
Information and support for people affected by dyslexia.

Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils
CReSTeD is a charity set up to help parents, and those who advise them, choose an educational establishment to support a student with specific learning difficulties (SpLD). CReSTeD maintain a register of schools and teaching centres (available from their website) accredited for their SpLD provision, primarily dyslexia.

Dyslexia Action
Charity providing services to those affected by dyslexia.

Dyslexic.com is an online shop which supplies individuals, educational institutions and commercial enterprises with a variety of software, hardware and services to help those with a range of disabilities including dyslexia to reach their potential.

Pearson Assessment
With a range of tools and resources to help you identify and support those at risk of Dyslexia. Learn more on our range of screeners, or watch Succeeding with SEND series: focus on Dyslexia, a conversation between a student and Dyslexia expert on their path to diagnosis and the support they received that enabled them to succeed in their education.

Dyspraxia

Dyspraxia Foundation
This website offers support for children, adults and families with Dyspraxia.

ECO modular classrooms

TG Escapes eco-buildings to inspire
TG Escapes provide modular eco-buildings providing calm spaces for special needs. Every project starts with a FREE site survey and design to give one all-inclusive low price for a full service: planning permission, clearance, foundations and build. Buildings are sensitively designed for low impact, low maintenance year-round use, with complete safety manifestation and regulation compliance.

Epilepsy

Epilepsy Action
Advice and information on Epilepsy.

Medpage seizure monitors
Medpage has been a market leader in epileptic seizure detection technologies for 25 years. Medpage monitors detect nocturnal seizures from a sleeping person using a sophisticated patented sensor. Seizure alert notifications are transmitted to a carer’s pager or wireless portable alarm. Medpage Limited is accredited by BSI to ISO EN 9001:2015, and their monitors are appropriately CE marked.

General SEN and other information

Department for Education
Information on Government policy, advice and guidance.

EENET
Inclusion issues from all over the world.

nasen
(National Association for Special Educational Needs) is a charitable membership organisation that supports all education practitioners by providing relevant Continuing Professional Development (CPD), resources, advice, information and much more to enable staff to meet the needs of all pupils including pupils with learning differences.

Learning outside the classroom

Timotay Playscapes
Timotay Playscapes create inspirational sensory playgrounds, outdoor spaces and playground equipment, helping to providing nurturing, rehabilitating and inclusive environments. Using natural materials and creative thinking they offer unrivalled outdoor space solutions tailored to your needs. All products are manufactured in-house for quality and longevity. Sensory outdoor play solutions are also available to buy. Looking for funding, request your FREE funding guide.

Learning disabilities

British Institute for Learning Difficulties
A charity supporting people with complex needs

Mencap
UK Charity for Learning disability.

Legal and financial

A Special Needs Plan
Offers education, action, and support for families in order to secure and protect their child’s future independence and financial wellbeing.

Douglas Silas Solicitors
Douglas Silas Solicitors are the legal experts specialising exclusively in SEN, helping parents successfully throughout the SEN process. Their website: www.SpecialEducationalNeeds.co.uk is a popular resource used by both parents/professionals. Douglas authors A Guide To The SEND Code of Practice updated for 2020-21 available as an eBook: www.AGuideToTheSENDCodeOfPractice.co.uk

IPSEA – Independent Parental Special Education Advice
Provides free legally based advice. IPSEA also provides training on the SEN legal framework to parents and carers, professionals and other organisations.

Mencap – Wills and Trusts Service
Mencap’s wills and trusts team provide free information and advice to parents and carers of people with a learning disability on ensuring future financial security for a loved one. They provide free booklets, a directory of wills and trusts legal professionals, free seminars and advice from an in-house wills and trusts solicitor. They can also introduce you to The Mencap Trust Company Limited.

Literacy

National Literacy Trust
Literacy charity for adults and children.

Neurological disorders

Cerebra UK
Charity for children with brain related conditions.

Child Brain Injury Trust
Supporting children, young people, families and professionals when a child has acquired a brain injury.

Personal safety

Medpage personal safety products
People of any age can be prone to falling, or wandering away from safety. Medpage Limited manufacture a diverse range of products for the detection and prevention of falls, building egress and personal GPS location devices. Medpage personal safety products can alert a carer to potential danger using radio paging, or provide notification over landline, internet or mobile.

Play

Timotay Playscapes
Timotay Playscapes create inspirational sensory playgrounds, outdoor spaces and playground equipment, helping to providing nurturing, rehabilitating and inclusive environments. Using natural materials and creative thinking they offer unrivalled outdoor space solutions tailored to your needs. All products are manufactured in-house for quality and longevity. Sensory outdoor play solutions are also available to buy. Looking for funding, request your FREE funding guide.

Sovereign Design Play Systems
As a major supplier of playground equipment, Sovereign has completed over 10,000 projects that provide enjoyment to more than two million children every year. Sovereign offer a FREE no obligation consultancy and design service creating safe and fun playgrounds or learning environments for your school.

Psychological assessments

British Psychological Society
The British Psychological Society (BPS) provides nationally recognised qualifications in test use for SEN professionals who use psychometric or psychological tests to understand children’s strengths and learning needs. Eligible holders of a BPS Test User: Educational, Ability/Attainment (CCET) qualification may progress to do the Access Arrangements Course (AAC).

Publishing

United Response
United Response has lots of free resources aiming to help more families, carers and support staff understand and use Active Support so that things become more manageable and enjoyable during these challenging times and beyond. They include booklets, videos, webinars, Facebook group and free direct help.

Rebound therapy

Rebound Therapy Training Courses
‘ReboundTherapy.org’ – the official UK body and international consultancy for Rebound Therapy. Responsible for the development and delivery of the genuine ‘Eddy Anderson model’ accredited and approved training courses. Founded 1972. 01342 870543.

Sunken Trampolines
Have launched the first high performance, competition grade in-ground trampoline. It is all UK-made and available in a size to order. Visit the website for more details.

Schools and colleges

Ambitious College
Is London’s first specialist day college, that serves young people aged 16-25 with autism and learning disabilities. The college is located within two mainstream further education college campuses in Tottenham and Isleworth, allowing it to offer a wide curriculum and provide learners with a broad range of mainstream vocational learning, social and work experience opportunities.

Bruern Abbey School
Located just over an hour from London and 15 minutes from Oxford, Bruern Abbey is the only preparatory school in the country to have as its main purpose the preparation of boys with learning difficulties for Common Entrance and other entrance examinations to mainstream independent senior schools.

Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils
CReSTeD is a charity set up to help parents, and those who advise them, choose an educational establishment to support a student with specific learning difficulties (SpLD). CReSTeD maintain a register of schools and teaching centres (available from their website) accredited for their SpLD provision, primarily dyslexia.

Hesley Group
Hesley Group provides specialist support through its schools, colleges and adult residential services with a highly experienced and expert multidisciplinary educational, care and therapeutic staff resource, in high quality purpose built settings. Hesley are focused on positive outcomes and progress towards sustainable independence.

Ruskin Mill Trust
Ruskin Mill Trust is a specialist educational charity with six colleges and three schools across the country offering individual programmes, with the opportunity of gaining qualifications, in rural settings. Residential and Day Placements are available and we welcome applications all year round.

Supported Internships
Ambitious College and DFN ProjectSearch work in partnership with the Whittington Trust to deliver the Supported Internships programme. Aimed at young people aged 16-25 who have an Education, Health and Care plan, it’s a great opportunity for young people with autism to combine work with their education. Learners can gain competitive employment skills and, learn through continuous feedback.

SLCN

Afasic
Helping Families to understand speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and now Developmental Language Disorder (DLD).

The Communication Trust
Their work focuses on supporting children and young people who struggle to communicate because they have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) as well as supporting all children and young people to communicate to the best of their ability.

Special needs knowledge

Ambitious about Autism
Is a national charity for children and young people with autism. 
They provide services, raise awareness and understanding, and campaign for change. Through TreeHouse School, The Rise School and Ambitious College, they offer specialist education and support. Their ambition is to make the ordinary possible for more children and young people with autism. 

Sports

Sunken Trampolines
Have launched the first high performance, competition grade in-ground trampoline. It is all UK-made and available in a size to order. Visit the website for more details.

Trampolining

Sunken Trampolines
Have launched the first high performance, competition grade in-ground trampoline. It is all UK-made and available in a size to order. Visit the website for more details.

Transition

Hesley Group
Hesley Group provides specialist support through its schools, colleges and adult residential services with a highly experienced and expert multidisciplinary educational, care and therapeutic staff resource, in high quality purpose built settings. Hesley are focused on positive outcomes and progress towards sustainable independence.

Tourette’s

Tourette’s Action
Information and advice on Tourette’s.

Visual impairment

Blind Children UK
Blind Children UK offers specialised services to provide advice, support, large print books, equipment grants, recreation events, mobility and life skills. We support young people with sight loss, their families and professionals working with them. Do get in touch to see how we can work together.

Guide Dogs
Guide Dogs’ children and young people’s Advice Line offers support, guidance and access to the services they provide, including: education and family support, mobility and independence skills, large-print books, advice on accessing technology, grants and recreational activities.
Call the Advice Line on: 0800 781 1444, email: cypservices@guidedogs.org.uk

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
Support and advice to those affected by visual impairment.

VisionUK
Vision UK is the independent partnership organisation which works for the benefit of blind and partially sighted people

Yoga

Special Yoga
Offer a range of free resources for parents, carers and educators to reduce anxiety and bring inner calm. They believe all children deserve to experience peace, joy and fulfilment of their potential and purpose. ONLINE courses now available

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