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Education and employment

Ace Centre - Tel: 0161 358 0151 Email: Website: Assessment, advice and information services for young people in education who have communication difficulties. Good range of publications for parents, teachers and professionals.

CSIE (Centre for Studies in Inclusive Education) - Tel: 0117 353 3150 Email: Website: Works to promote equality and eliminate discrimination in education. Free advice service on all aspects of legislation and practice relating to inclusive school development including translations.

Department for Education - General enquiries: 0370 000 2288. Website:

Employability - Tel: 07852 764684 E-mail: Website: Assists students and graduates with all disabilities, including dyslexia or long term health conditions, into employment.

IPSEA (Independent Panel for Special Education Advice) Advice line: 0800 018 4016 Tribunal appeals: 01394 384711 Website: Charity offering independent legal based advice for parents with children with additional needs. Its services include online resources and a helpline; they give support and offer representation in SEN appeals and Disability Tribunal.

NASEN (National Association for Special Educational Needs) - Tel: 01827 311500 Email: Website: Promotes development of children with additional educational needs. They also have publications, including the British Journal of Special Education.

National Parent Partnership Services - Website: Local services that offer information, advice and support for parents/carers of children and young people with SEN and signpost parents to other local organisations. PPS’s also have a role in making sure that parents’ views are heard and understood and that these views inform local policy and practice. Some parent partnerships are based in the voluntary sector, although most are based in their Local Authority or Children’s Trust. However all parent partnerships are at ‘arm’s length’ from the LA, and are able to provide impartial and confidential advice and support to parents.

National Union of Students - Website: Most student unions in universities and colleges have a welfare department or welfare officer who can give advice about benefits and provide help with calculations.

Papworth Trust - Tel: 0800 952 5000 Email: Website: The trust provides support and advice for disabled people mainly in the East of England, East Midlands, Greater London and Wales.

Parents for Inclusion - Tel: 020 7738 3888 Helpline: 0800 652 3145 Email: Website: A charity set up by parents to help parents so that disabled children can learn, make friends and have a voice in ordinary schools and throughout life.

Public Services support for parents - Website: Information and support for parents on how to help with your child’s learning, including advice on choosing a school, finding childcare, financial support and more.

Rathbone - Tel: 0800 731 5321 Website: A UK-wide voluntary youth sector organisation providing opportunities for young people to re-engage with learning, discovering their ability to succeed and achieving progression to further education, training and employment.

Scope - Website: Scope service to help disabled people into work.

Shaw Trust – Ability at work Website: Tel: 01225 716300 National employment charity supporting disabled people to prepare for work, find jobs and live more independently. Regional centres offer practical help with training and advice on searches, CVs, application forms and interviews.

Preparing for Adulthood A 2 year programme funded by the Department for Education as part of the delivery support for ‘Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability’ green paper. Useful web resources.

Scotland has its own education system which differs in many respects from the rest of the UK. Here are two useful addresses:

1) Enquire - Helpline: 0845 123 2303 Email: Website: Scottish advice service for parents, carers, professionals, children and young people for additional support for learning. Publishes a downloadable parents’ guide to ASL and various useful factsheets. Also runs a telephone helpline and online enquiry service.

2) Education Scotland Tel: 0141 282 5000 Email: Website: Government funded organisation for curriculum development in Scotland. It provides advice, support and resources to education professionals.

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