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National Organisations

This section of the site offers information on a number of organisations and charities that can offer help and support to SEND families and young people.

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The National Autistic Society
The National Autistic Society (NAS) are the UK's leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families. They provide support, guidance and advice, as well as campaigning for improved rights, services and opportunities to help create a society that works for autistic people. You can find out all about what they can offer on their website
Down’s syndrome association
The Down’s Syndrome Association are a national organisation, committed to improving quality of life for people who have Down’s syndrome, promoting their right to be included on a full and equal basis with others. They offer support and advice to families and more information can be found on their website

National Deaf Children’s Society
The National Deaf Children’s Society give expert support on childhood deafness, raise awareness and campaign for deaf children’s rights, so they have the same opportunities as everyone else. More details can be found on their website.
Cystic Fibrosis Trust
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust are working towards a brighter future for everyone with cystic fibrosis (CF) by funding cutting-edge research and supporting people with the condition and their loved ones every step of the way. For more information on the Trust take a look at their website
In the UK today there are around half a million children and young people with brain conditions that result in complex medical, educational and social support needs. Cerebra are a charity that helps these children and their families discover a better life together. You can find out more about them on their website
The British Dyslexia Association
The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) is the voice of dyslexic people. Their aim is to influence government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia friendly society that enables dyslexic people of all ages to reach their full potential. You can find out more information on what they can offer on their website.

The Royal Society for Blind Children
The Royal Society for Blind Children offers a range of services including emotional support and practical advice for families, opportunities for children and young people to build confidence and skills through activities, and a specialist further education college. You can find more information on their website.
Guide Dogs
Guide Dogs are led by the needs of their customers and deliver services and support tailored to their specific needs.
They offer.
• Canine services
• In-person services
• Online and telephone service
• Influencing and campaigning
You can find out more about the work they do by visiting their website

RNIB, the Royal National Institute of Blind People, is the UK's leading sight loss charity. They offer practical and emotional support to blind and partially sighted people, their families and carers. They raise awareness of the experiences of blind and partially sighted people and campaign for change to make our society more accessible for all. You can find out more about them on their website 
Sibs is the only UK charity for children and adults who are growing up with or have grown up with a disabled brother or sister. They provide information, support and training on sibling issues for adult siblings, young siblings, parents and professionals. More information can be found on their website

Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (IPSEA) offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). They offer a free advice line, downloadable guides and a tribunal support service. You can find more details on their website

Council for disabled children
Council for disabled children (CDC) have a membership of over 300 voluntary and community organisations and an active network of practitioners from education, health and social care. They believe that every child and young person should enjoy the same rights and opportunities and that every aspect of society should be fully inclusive to disabled children and young people. They provide a collective voice for the rights of children, young people and their families and challenges barriers to inclusion.
For further information on the CDC visit their website

Special Needs Jungle
Special Needs Jungle provides parent led information, resources and articles about children and young people with SEND. You can find information on what they do and how to join their mailing list on their website

Charity choice
Charity Choice provides a Guide to Charities in the UK. Whether you've a general interest in disability charities, or are concerned with a particular area - like charities for disabled children, disabled adults or disability therapy You can find related charities using their search functions