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information for parents/carers of young people with send

We’ve included links to organisations who offer support for parents/carers of young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. As well as information about the educational pathways that are available for SEND young people when they leave school or education at 16.

The Disabled Students Helpline provides information and advice to disabled students/apprentices, parents and/or carers and professionals. They can give information about applying to college, university and apprenticeships, accessing financial assistance and lots more!

Disabled Students Helpline – 0330 995 0414


Disability Rights UK has a range of resources & information including factsheets, a jargon buster and presentations of past Disability Rights UK events, training and stories.

This website is part of Disability Rights UK’s Right to Participate project, funded by the Legal Education Foundation. The project aims to increase awareness of the Equality Act, especially the ways it can protect disabled people from discrimination in everyday situations.

The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Services (SENDIASS) offer information, advice and support for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Find your local SENDIASS by following the below link.

The Access to Work scheme can help people get into, or stay in work if they have a physical or mental health condition or disability. The support provided is dependent on the individuals needs. Visit the website using the link below to find out more about the eligibility criteria, and the support that’s available.

Disability Rights UK also has information about the Access to Work scheme.

And the organisation Diversity and Ability have created this video which explain a little more about the support available.

Lastly, this document from the Department for Work & Pensions provides information and Access to Work too.

Into Apprenticeships is a guide for disabled people, parents and key advisers about applying for apprenticeships in England.