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National Charities

There are many charities in the UK who provide information and support that may be useful to you.

There are also a number of national websites that provide useful information in relation to SEND. 

Achievement For All

Want to make social mobility real and help all children and young people across England and Wales to thrive emotionally, socially and academically

Action On Hearing Loss

The UK’s leading charity supporting people with hearing loss, deafness and tinnitus


Advicenow is an independent, not-for-profit website, run by the charity Law for Life: the Foundation for Public Legal Education.  It provides accurate, practical information on rights and the law in England and Wales

Autism Education Trust

Help ensure that autistic children and young people receive an education that enables them to fulfil their aspirations and engage in society as active citizens


Autismlinks is dedicated to making those helpful and sometimes vital links, it covers who to talk to, where to go and contains lots of helpful advice all in one place


Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity

British Blind Sport

The work of the charity enables blind and partially sighted people to have the same opportunities as sighted people to access and enjoy sport and recreational activities in the UK.

British Dyslexia Association

Offering dyslexia information, advice and services

British Institute of Learning Disabilities

Their vision is a society where everyone can enjoy the same rights and opportunities

Cancer Research UK

The world’s largest charity dedicated to saving lives through research

Carers UK

Making life better for carers


Their vision is that every family that includes a child with a brain condition will have the chance to discover a better life together

Challenging Behaviour Foundation

The charity for people with severe learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges

Children's Education Advisory Service

Supports operational effectiveness through the provision of educational support to service and eligible MOD civilian families

Children’s Sleep Charity

A national, award-winning charity supporting children with sleep issues. Provide support for families and accredited training for professionals and commercial organisations

Children’s Society

Fight child poverty and neglect, and help all children have a better chance in life

Citizens Advice

Give people the knowledge and confidence they need to find their way forward - whoever they are, and whatever their problem

Communication Trust

Support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication


Support families with the best possible guidance and information. Bring families together to support each other. And help families to campaign, volunteer and fundraise to improve life for themselves and others

Coram Family and Childcare

Coram’s vision is that all children will have the best possible chance to live a fulfilling life

Council for Disabled Children

The umbrella body for the disabled children's sector bringing together professionals, practitioners and policy-makers

Day Trippers

Daytrippers Foundation fund opportunities to explore, learn, develop and achieve

Diabetes UK

Fighting for a world where diabetes can do no harm

Disability Grants

Guide to Grants for the Disabled

Disability Matters

Free e-learning resource for the UK workforce

Down’s Syndrome Association

Here you will find answers t.o questions that we are often asked about Down’s syndrome

Dyslexia SPLD Trust

The Trust aims to ensure that in order for children with Dyslexia SpLD to succeed in school.

Dyspraxia Foundation

The Dyspraxia Foundation is a country Wide charity, founded in 1987 as the Dyspraxia Trust by two mothers who met at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children.

Epilepsy Action

Who is Epilepsy Action? A community of people committed to a better life for everyone affected by epilepsy.

Epilepsy Society

We set out to make a difference to every person affected by epilepsy whatever their background, however seriously it affects them, and whether they have the condition themselves or are close to someone with epilepsy.

Family Fund

Our mission is to provide items and services to all low-income families in the UK raising disabled or seriously ill children, that they could not otherwise afford or access, and that help improve their quality of life, realise their rights, and remove some of the barriers they face.

Family Lives

Family Lives is a charity with over three decades of experience helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life. We know that many people play active roles in raising children, from dads and mums, grandparents, stepparents and non-resident parents.

Family Support Services – Together Trust

At the Together Trust we understand that special educational needs, including autism, emotional and behavioral difficulties and speech, language and communication difficulties, affect not only the individual but also impact on the whole family.  We work alongside families to help understand and achieve their aspirations for the future.

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

We believe that people with learning disabilities should have the same rights and the same choices as everyone else in society.

Happy Days

Since 1992, Happy Days has been organising and funding special days such as trips to the seaside, theatres, zoos, museums, outdoor activity centres, sporting events and other educational and cultural activities for children in the UK living with mental, physical and emotional difficulties


A northern charity supporting people living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities to go beyond expectations

Hypermobility Syndrome Association

Providing help and advice for people with hypermobility.


Is a world where all children have the communication skills they need to fulfil their potential.

Include Me Too

Include Me TOO is a national charity supporting disabled children, young people and their families from diverse range of backgrounds. Include Me TOO supports and promotes social justice, equality and rights for all disabled children and young people. We provide a range of support including peer support, befriending services, activities and holiday clubs for disabled children, outreach and information and advice to families.

Inclusive Technology

A leading supplier of software and hardware for people with special needs


Help children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities across England get the appropriate education, training and support which they are entitled to under the law

Learning Difficulties Carers Community

A link to the facebook page.

Learning Disability England

Learning Disability England exists to make life better with people with Learning Disabilities and their families.

Leonard Cheshire Disability

We support individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose, whatever their ability.

Listening Books

Listening Books provides a postal and internet based audiobook service to over 50,000 members who find it difficult to read the printed word in the usual way.

The Listening Eye

The Listening Eye has been set up to offer Support for anyone with a sight problem throughout the United Kingdom

Look UK

Supporting visually impaired young people to thrive


Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate


We are Mencap. We are passionate about changing the world for everyone with a learning disability.

Mind-Ed (E-learning Portal)

This is for you if you volunteer, work or are studying to work with infants, children or teenagers. MindEd has e-learning applicable across the health, social care, education, criminal justice and community settings. It is aimed at anyone from beginner through to specialist.


The Motability Scheme provides an affordable, worry-free way for people with disabilities to lease a car, scooter or powered wheelchair in exchange for their mobility allowance

National Autistic Society

We are the UK's largest provider of specialist autism services. Our trained staff and volunteers bring passion and expertise to the lives of 100,000 autistic people every year. In this section, you'll find services directed towards autistic people, parents and carers and professionals.

National Deaf Children’s Society

We are the National Deaf Children’s Society, the leading charity for deaf children. We’re here for every deaf child who needs us – no matter what their level or type of deafness or how they communicate.

National Sensory Impairment Partnership

To improve educational outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairment, closing the gap with their peers, through joint working with all who have an interest in the success of these young people.

Newlife Foundation For Disabled Children

Our Nurses support families, our researchers work to improve children’s health, our dedicated team campaign for a fairer deal and our volunteers and supporters know that 100% of every penny they donate or fundraise will be used for equipment to change a child’s life.

Preparing For Adulthood

The partnership brings together a wide range of expertise and experience of working with young people and families, at a local and national level and across government, to support young people into adulthood with paid employment, good health, independent living options and friends, relationships and community inclusion.


Remap custom-makes equipment to help disabled people live more independent lives

Riding for the Disabled

With fun activities like riding and carriage driving, they provide therapy, fitness, skills development and opportunities for achievement – all supported by 18,000 amazing volunteers and qualified coaches at nearly 500 RDA centres all over the UK


Provide practical advice and emotional support whenever people need them most


SENDirect is here to help you find and compare accessible services and activities to meet the needs of your child

SENSE – Children’s Specialist Services

With the right support, we believe it's possible for everyone to make sense of their world and the world around them. To communicate, connect and take part in life, no matter what.

Sensory Spectacle

Sensory Spectacle creates immersive learning experiences to educate about and form a better awareness of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Our workshops and installations give you an opportunity of experiencing first-hand how a SPD might impact your life allowing for greater awareness and understanding of auditory, visual, tactile, smell, taste, proprioceptive and vestibular difficulties.

SIBS – National Charity for Siblings

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. We provide information, support and training on sibling issues for adult siblings, young siblings, parents and professionals.


Sightline is an online directory of services and organisations that help blind and partially sighted people in the UK. The directory is maintained by RNIB.

Special Needs Jungle

Parent led information, resources and opinion

Supporting Children’s Health

This free online resource is a public access site with content developed by expert health professionals in consultation with teachers, sports coaches and children’s activity leaders. Anyone who uses the resource will gain the knowledge and confidence to support children with asthma, deal with emergency situations and could help save lives.

Tired Out

Tired Out supports families raising disabled children to find help and information about sleep.

Tourette’s Action

Tourettes Action works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and is the leading support and research charity for people with Tourette Syndrome and their families. We want people with TS to receive the practical support and social acceptance they need to help them live their lives to the full.


Supports children and young people who are blind or partially sighted and their families across the UK

Well Child

Giving children with serious health needs the best chance to thrive at home

Whizz - Kidz

Their mission is to transform the lives of disabled children by providing the equipment, support and life skills they need, when they need them – giving them the chance to develop their full potential

Winston’s Wish

Support children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling

Young Epilepsy

Better futures for young lives with epilepsy and associated conditions

Young Minds

Leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges


Last updated: 12 Aug 2019
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