York Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) provides information, advice and support to parents, carers, children and young people in relation to Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Disability and related health and social care issues.
Our service is free and can be provided over the telephone, during home visits or through support at meetings concerning SEN and disability.
The service is for:
- parents of children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities
- children with special educational needs or disabilities
- young people up to the age of 25 years with special educational needs or disabilities
Many children will access information, advice and support via their parents, but older children and young people may want to access the service themselves.
The SENDIASS service can:
- listen to your concerns
- help you understand educational support in schools, colleges and other educational settings
- give advice and support in relation to a My Support Plan and Education Health Care Assessments, which may include attending meetings and future reviews
- explain the law and your rights
- give advice and support to promotes the active involvement of parents, carers, children and young people in all decisions about outcomes in mainstream or special school and in educational settings
- help open up positive dialogue between parents, carers, young people, schools, local authority (LA), health and voluntary bodies
- help you when things go wrong
- resolve disagreements between parents, young people and schools, or the LA
- put families in touch with support groups, such as the York Parent Carer Forum and other voluntary organisations
- help parents and young people to access the independent SEN Mediation Service and advises on the procedure for appeals to the SEN and Disability Tribunal
- advise and support children and young people to participate fully in decisions about the outcomes they wish to achieve
- advise and support to help promote independence and self advocacy for children, young people and their parents
- provide specialist individual support to parents, carers, children and young people who are involved in an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Assessment
You can find further information on the YorOK website: