General SEND information and support for families

The SEND gateway offers easy access to high quality information and resources for meeting the needs of students with special educational needs and disabilities:

The Department for Education Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice June 2014:

SENDIASS offers information, advice and support to parents and carers who have a child or young person with special educational needs or a disability. You can contact them in confidence and they promise to listen and offer you impartial advice and support:

Contact a Family is the only national charity that exists to support the families of disabled children whatever their condition or disability:

Pinpoint is an independent information, support and involvement network for parents in Cambridgeshire which helps parents to get involved in service planning and decision making so that local services meet the needs of families:

Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal:


Advice on a range of topics:

An online community of and for disabled people:


Learning difficulties and disabilities directories and A-Zs


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Easy Read guide to ADHD:

Living with ADHD:

Free tests, books and resources, gifts to purchase (stickers, pens etc.) kids page:

Resources, especially on vision difficulties:

Parenting Resources:

American site/research studies:

Teacher tips. Medication:


Autism and Asperger Syndrome

The National Autistic Society:

The National Autistic Society – Cambridge branch:

ASD Good Practice Guidance:

Resource site:

Parents’ site:

General site. Gives an overview of Asperger’s:

Asperger’s research:

Asperger’s resources, kid’s corner:

Autism-Friendly Screenings of films at cinemas in Cambridge:

Action for Asperger’s:

Education network:

For families of adults affected by Asperger’s syndrome:

Free games, maths, feelings, synonyms/antonyms:


Blind or Visually Impaired

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) offers advice and support for everyone affected by sight loss:

Camsight offers local support for children and young people with a visual impairment and their families:


Deaf or Hearing Impaired

The British Deaf Association:

National Deaf Children’s Society:

Action on Hearing Loss:

UK Deaf

Music and the


Down syndrome

General websites: ; ;

Games to purchase – free downloads of information sheets for parents:



The Dyscalculia Centre

Dyscalculia, Dyslexia and Maths:

What is Dyscalculia? Video:



The British Dyslexia Association; information for parents and for dyslexic people, education, computers, training etc.:

The Professional Association for Teachers and Assessors of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD):

Dyslexia Action:

The Dyslexia-SpLD

Based upon Ron Davis’ teaching methods. Information and training. Resources to purchase:

Information, assessment, resources to purchase:

Information, articles:

Cambridgeshire Dyslexia Guidance:

Information, news, articles, teaching methods, resources to purchase:

Software packages to purchase:

Visual disturbance, scotopic sensitivity, coloured overlays:

Dyslexia Awareness Week 3rd-9thOctober 2016:


Dyspraxia (or Developmental Coordination Disorder)

The Dyspraxia Foundation:

Dyspraxia UK:

Students’ website: www.darien/


Dyspraxia on film:

Help with handwriting, the National Handwriting Association website:


Mental health and emotional wellbeing

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people:

Centre 33 exists to help young people in Cambridgeshire through a range of free and confidential services, no matter how big or how small a problem you have.  Our team are used to talking to young people about all sorts of issues, including housing, sexual health, family problems, bullying – whatever is on your mind, it’s always OK to talk about it with us:

Blue smile is a Cambridgeshire children’s charity that provides counselling and therapy for pupils in schools between the ages of 3 and 13:


Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)

Information for parents and teachers about speech, language and communication difficulties in children. Includes an extensive directory of resources:

UK charity. Parent led organisation to help children and young people with language impairments:

National educational charity for children with SLCN:



Whizz-Kidz provides disabled children and young people with vital mobility equipment, opportunities to meet and have fun, and training to help them gain skills and look forward to a bright future:


Young Carers

Carers Trust YCNet is a website and online support service for young people aged 18 and under in the UK, who help to look after someone in their family who has an illness, disability, drug/alcohol addiction or mental health condition:

NHS choices for Young Carers:

Action for Children support for Young Carers:




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