Children with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND)
The information on these pages has been put together to enable parents who have a child with special needs and/or disabilities (SEND) to find the information they are looking for in one place.
There is information on a wide range of subjects and organisations. Information on this page relates to the latest news in the field of SEND both locally and nationally. There is an A-Z list of useful organisations and categories on the second page.
New activity timetable published by Sandwell Parents for Disabled Children
Sandwell Parents for Disabled Children (SPDC) has published details of activities taking place during Easter 2019. If you need a booking form please contact SPDC using the phone number in the newsletter.
Government announces review to improve the lives of autistic children
The Government has announced that it is to gather evidence to inform a review of the lives of autistic children. It will gather evidence from autistic children, their families, their carers and professionals. The consultation has now opened and will run until 16 May 2019. You can give your views by completing the online survey.
Parent / Carer Events in Sandwell to Explain the Education Health and Care Plan Journey
Sandwell SEN Team are running two events to help parents understand the issues around how an Education Health and Care Plan is issued. These events are taking place at Connor Education Centre, Connor Road, West Bromwich B71 3DJ on Thursday 14 March 2019 and Thursday 20 June 2019. The sessions will run on both days from 10.00 - 12.00 and 4.30 - 6.30. Places must be booked in advance. To book your place or to get more details contact the SEN Team on 0121-569-8240 or email them on firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can get more details by downloading the flyer.
Major SEND exhibition in Coventry
Kidz to Adultz Middle is taking place on Thursday 21st March 2019 at Ricoh Arena, Coventry, CV6 6GE, 9.30am-4.30pm. The exhibition, organised by the charity Disabled Living, is a FREE event supporting children and young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their families, carers and the professionals who support them. With 90+ exhibitors at the event, the exhibition is a one stop shop for the most up to date advice and information on mobility, funding, seating, beds, communication, continence, sensory, transition, education, housing, employment, accessible vehicles, transport, style, sports, leisure and much, much more. You can download the show guide here. They have also produced a newsletter focusing on the transition years 16 - 25. Click here to access the newsletter.
Running alongside the exhibition are free accredited CPD seminars on a wide range of issues and interests. For further information please visit the website
Childhood Stroke Guidance
Over 400 babies, children and young people suffer a stroke every year. The Stroke Association offers a Childhood Stroke Support Service – providing information, advice, support and networking events to families affected by stroke in childhood. The service is UK wide and freely accessible. The organisation has also produced a set of resources to support this work as well as a poster to help identify the signs of stroke in a child.
New Work Experience Guidance
Accessing high quality work experience can be difficult for young people with SEND. The organisation Preparing for Adulthood has produced new Work Experience Guidance that aims to show how effective partnership working between education providers and employers can break down the barriers to accessing work experience. The new guidance is one of a number of resources relating to employment that can be found on the Preparing for Adulthood website.
Resources to Support Children and Young People with Physical Disabilities
The organisation pdnet has produced a number of resources to support children and young people with physical disabilities. These include an effective practice hub, online training and a set of standards to help schools and other settings evaluate their provision. The resources can be accessed on the pdnet website. You will need to register using an email address to access the resources.
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