SEN Information and resources: Let the #SENexchange begin! A collection of websites, charities, bloggers and tweeters

A very warm welcome to all our readers.

For this post we thought it would be useful to share a range of information relevant to the SEND community. We are aware that these lists are by no means exhaustive but this post is designed as a starting point to collate some useful information. Please feel free to suggest additions to the existing lists in the comments section of this post or tweet them to us @SENexchange and we may add it to this post. If there are other lists you think may also be useful to add – let us know your thoughts on that too.

Useful charities and websites:

– National Autistic Society  (NAS) : Leading UK charity for people with Autism (@autism)

– Scope: A charity focussing needs associated with Cerebral Palsy and all disabilities ( @scope)

-British Dyslexia Association ( @BDAdyslexia)

– Dyslexia Action – A national charity supporting people with dyslexia  http://www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk/ (@DyslexiaAction)

– Dyslexia Assist – A charity run by parents, for parents, formed to share information and experience about dyslexia www.dyslexia-assist.org.uk (@DyslexiaAssist)

– The Muscular Dystrophy Association

– The Down’s Syndrome Association

– Royal National Institute for the Blind (@RNIB)

– ADHD Foundation:Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (@ADHDFoundation)

– Action on Hearing Loss

– Nasen. Promoting the Development of Children and Young People with SEN ( @nasen_org)

– SEND Gateway http://www.sendgateway.org.uk/ An online portal of free resources relating to SEND supported by NASEN

– The Council for Disabled Children (@CDC_tweets)

– Achievement for All http://www.afa3as.org.uk/ (@AFA3AS)

– Mencap: Leading charity for people with a learning disability https://www.mencap.org.uk/ (@mencap_charity)

– Contact a family: http://www.cafamily.org.uk/  For families with disabled children (@ContactAFamily)

– Special needs jungle: Parent led information and resources http://www.specialneedsjungle.com/ @SpcialNdsJungle)

– Gov.uk: Help if you have a Disabled Child

– Special Kids in the UK :Online support group for families

– IPSEA – Independent Parent Special Education Advice  https://www.ipsea.org.uk/ (@IPSEAcharity)

– Leonard Cheshire Disability https://www.leonardcheshire.org/ (@LeonardCheshire)

– A charity for children and young people with hemiplegia hemihelp.org.uk (@hemihelp)

Here is an interactive list of SEN Bloggers from @ASTsupportAAli. As it is interactive if you are a blogger who blogs on SEN issues please add yourself!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1a1IxpE2UT-QHcvdp9ykjP9KmGNgfyJi-zy_a1k80GOw/edit#gid=0

For those who are unaware @SENBlogger collates posts related to SEN.

There is a weekly twitter chat @SENChatUk #SENChatUK run by @DJTom3 on Tuesdays at 8 pm

Also, @JulesDaulby has compiled a list of SEN Tweeters

As you are aware the first of our weekly discussion evenings from @ SENexchange #SENexchange  on Wednesday evenings are  starting soon.

Ideas of topics so far for our weekly discussion / themed weeks include:

– deployment of TAs to support pupil outcomes ( suggested by @fiona_moody)

– Inclusion – what is it and how we can support it? (suggested by @ASTsupportAAli)

– pupil voice for children and young people with SEND ( suggested by @Mishwood1)

– practical science ( suggested by @jwscattergood)

– Numeracy ( suggested by @jwscattergood) / Literacy and numeracy (@robbo1511)

– Including children with visual impairments ( suggested by@10kmk42)

– Developing independent learners ( suggested by @alexisemma31)

– Promoting the collaboration between mainstream and special schools ( suggested by @senteacher_jen)

– EHCP / Provision mapping and ensuring it is matched to need / outcomes and impact ( suggested by @StarlightMcKenz )

Please spread this information to all those who may benefit, tell us which of these topics you would also like us to discuss and add more ideas of topics / exchange ideas / resources on  to the comments section or tweet us @SENexchange

Warm Wishes from Cherryl and Mary

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