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Accessible Vehicles

Allied Mobility
Is the UK’s leading wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) specialist. They’re committed to designing and converting mobility cars to the highest quality so that passengers and drivers alike can travel safely in the comfort of their wheelchair. Their vehicles are available to lease on the Motability Scheme, purchase outright or hire for short / long term. They also have nation-wide mobile service vans should you require any assistance with your WAV.

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.

Assessments

Hogrefe Ltd
Hogrefe Ltd is a publisher of clinical and educational psychometric assessments. Their extensive range spans the areas of child development, neurodiversity, ability and achievement, dyslexia and more. They are also the UK’s leading training provider in the use of the ADOS-2 and ADI-R autism diagnostic assessments.

Autism

Ambitious about Autism
Is a national charity standing with autistic children and young people. They believe every autistic child and young person has the right to be themselves and realise their ambitions. They started as one school and have become a movement for change. They champion rights, campaign for change and create opportunities.

Autism Education Trust (AET)
Is a not-for-profit organisation, founded by two national autism charities – the National Autistic Society and Ambitious about Autism and supported by the Department for Education. Their work centres around upskilling the workforce, supporting system leaders and promoting good autism practice standards for education settings, through the provision of a range of professional development training programmes and resources.

Autistica
Charity raising funds for medical research into autism.

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.

Prior’s Court
Is a registered charity providing education and residential care for autistic young people with complex needs, aged 5-25, helping them to be healthy, happy, more independent and have the opportunity to work. Prior’s Court’s specialist autism training courses are available to its staff, as well as parents and other professionals in the autism community.

Talk about Autism
Talk about Autism is a free online community for parents and carers of autistic children and young people. Run by the charity Ambitious about Autism, it provides a safe online space for parents and carers to talk to about their parenting journey without judgement.

Tough Furniture
Tough Furniture have a long track record of providing homely-looking items that are engineered to provide a long lifespan and therefore value for money in challenging environments – including autism care and SEN spaces. Find out more about the only UK-based manufacturers specialising exclusively in the mental health sector.

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.

Curriculum

Equals Charity
Equals Curriculum Schemes of Work for pupils of all ages with Profound & Multiple (PMLD), Complex (CLD), Severe (SLD), Moderate (MLD) and Global (GLD) Learning Difficulties.   Supported with Virtual CPD and in-person Regional Conferences and Development Days. Assessment Schemes are also available.

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.

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

RNID
Is one of the largest charities in the UK supporting people living with deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus.

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.

Down Syndrome Student Guide
A guide for students with Down Syndrome to help them make their student life more comfortable

Learn and Thrive
Learn and Thrive provide online videos and resources in Teach Me Too, for early years, and Learning for Life, for primary and secondary level education. These videos cover the early school curriculum and RSE, providing specialist resources for those with Down’s syndrome and other learning difficulties.

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.

Dyslexia Action Training and Professional Development
Dyslexia Action is a leading provider of online training for education professionals that work with students with literacy-related difficulties. We’ve been operating for 50+ years and offer short CPD courses, Level 5 and Level 7 Specialist Teacher/Practitioner programmes and support for applying for an APC.

Dyspraxia

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

Eco Buildings

T G Escapes
TG Escapes design eco-buildings that are sensitive to the environment and net-zero in operation to save energy and money in the long term. They connect the inside to out providing natural light and easy access to the outdoors. They stand alone and can be self-contained including treatment, sensory and breakout rooms. Modular offsite construction keeps costs low and timescales short.

Epilepsy

Epilepsy Action
Advice and information on Epilepsy.

Bed Sensors to Detect Irregular Movements Typical of a Seizure
Medpage Limited has manufactured and supplied irregular movement detection alarms for over 30 years. Our systems are easy to set up and use and reliably notify a carer or guardian to movement detection via digital radio paging technology. Our devices will sense movement from most bed types including airflow mattresses and are suitable for babies to adults. Learn more about them here.

Fall Prevention

Fall Prevention and Detection Alarm Systems
Medpage Limited are amongst the leading vendors of fall prevention alarms in the UK, supplying domestic carers, NHS, and commercial care establishments. Our range includes waterproof fall detection bracelets with SOS button, rise and exit bed, chair, and wheelchair detection alarms, large floor pressure mat alarm sensors, and optical fall prevention systems. Learn more about them here.

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.

Independent Living

Low-cost Wi-Fi Connecting Alarm Sensors with Smartphone Notifications
Medpage have supplied Assistive Technology devices for over 30 years. Our latest collection of Smart easy to use sensors solve all sorts of care alarm needs including, Waterproof Panic SOS Buttons, Door and Window Opening Alarms, Movement PIR Sensors, Temperature Alarms, Enuresis Bedwetting Alarms. Learn more about them here.

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 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.

Manual Handling

Edge Services
With 25 years’ experience in delivering training, EDGE Services are one of the leading providers of moving and handling training in the UK. Their Key Trainer workshop equips you with the resources and skills to make a difference to the health and safety of both your colleagues and clients.

Modular Buildings

T G Escapes
TG Escapes use a modular off-site process that minimises disruption at your setting and reduces the amount of energy required in construction. The use of sustainable materials and a timber frame keeps the carbon footprint low and with the use of renewable energy, can be net-zero in operation.

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.

Play

DBD Play
dbdplay specialises in the design and installation of exceptional landscapes and playgrounds. We are passionate about creating outdoor environments that provide opportunities for communication and discovery, as well as activity and play. Using innovative natural products, we will work with you to ensure your space is stimulating, safe and inclusive.

HAGS
HAGS is a pioneering global company specializing in creating and manufacturing innovative playground equipment, outdoor sports and fitness areas, and urban furniture, promoting active lifestyles inspiring all generations. With over 75 years of expertise, HAGS ensures excellence in every project, tailored to your unique needs and aspirations.

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.

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.

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. Tel: 0330 122 5684

Sunken Trampolines
Sunken Trampolines have teamed up with the leading suppliers of playground canopies to enable outdoor trampolines to be used whatever the weather. Offering installation across the UK NI and ROI we are now able to extend our choices of great bounce! For more details please visit our website.

Schools and colleges

Beechwood College
Beechwood College is a specialist day and residential service for young adults (16 to 25) with a formal diagnosis of ASD or Asperger’s Syndrome. The College’s goal is to provide a broad range of experiences and skills for each individual, to prepare them for later life and community living.

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.

Fairley House
Fairley House has been pioneering the field of SEN teaching for over forty years. Rated ISI Excellent and renowned for deep expertise in supporting students with dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia. Their magic formula can enable your child to regain their confidence, succeed in their learning and realise their full potential.

Ruskin Mill Trust
Ruskin Mill Trust provides specialist day and residential provisions for children and adults with learning differences and disabilities in England, Wales and Scotland. Our unique method Practical Skills Therapeutic Education enables individuals to forge a sense of identity, gain qualifications and independent living skills, and reimagine their potential for a brighter future. Admissions are accepted all year round, contact us today to find out more.

Talk about Autism
Talk about Autism is a free online community for parents and carers of autistic children and young people. Run by the charity Ambitious about Autism, it provides a safe online space for parents and carers to talk to about their parenting journey without judgement.

SEN BUILDINGS

Cabins For Schools
Cabins for Schools designs and installs additional outdoor learning spaces. From nurseries and forest schools through to higher educational environments, our aim is to create accessible and inspirational areas where students can flourish and achieve their full potential. We manufacture our Outdoor Classrooms and Log Cabins right here in the UK.

SENSORY

Ambispace Ltd
Sensory Nook
Sensory Nook is a brilliantly revolutionary way to foster inclusion in schools, public services, care homes, events, and businesses. The mobile sensory pods provide an encapsulated environment positively influencing mood, reducing anxiety, and supporting neurodiversity. Certified by the IBCCES, it’s an affordable, adaptable, and effective solution for creating inclusive spaces.

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 standing with autistic children and young people. They believe every autistic child and young person has the right to be themselves and realise their ambitions. They started as one school and have become a movement for change. They champion rights, campaign for change and create opportunities.

Sports

Sunken Trampolines
Sunken Trampolines have teamed up with the leading suppliers of playground canopies to enable outdoor trampolines to be used whatever the weather. Offering installation across the UK NI and ROI we are now able to extend our choices of great bounce! For more details please visit our website.

Tutoring

Bright Heart Education
Bright Heart is an award-winning SEN-focused tutoring agency based in London. They are an accredited National Tutoring Programme (NTP) Tuition Partner. They won the Tuition Business of the Year award in the 2022 National Tutoring Awards (runners-up in 2023). Please visit www.brightheart.co.uk or call 0208 064 3800.

Trampolining

Sunken Trampolines
Sunken Trampolines have teamed up with the leading suppliers of playground canopies to enable outdoor trampolines to be used whatever the weather. Offering installation across the UK NI and ROI we are now able to extend our choices of great bounce! For more details please visit our website.

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.

The Partially Sighted Society
Providing bespoke bold-lined exercise books and stationery for children and young people with visual impairments or visual processing difficulties to aid their educational development. As well as a friendly voice that offers expert help and support to those who are struggling with their sight loss that’s just a phone call away.

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