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Children with a disability or SEN

Make sure that they get the best support available

If your child has a disability the future can feel like a real challenge, but you are not alone. You can’t stop your child’s condition, but you can help with the disability they experience by making sure that they get the best support available.

Your doctor and Health Board should provide the help you need to understand your child’s disability and help plan treatment, therapy equipment and ongoing care.

Caerphilly Council provides a range of support which can include special leisure facilities and short breaks. Caerphilly Children with Disabilities team can be contacted on (02920) 849700.

Your child is especially protected by Law. The Disability Discrimination Act makes it unlawful for any service provider like schools to treat disabled people differently because of their disability. We support equal rights.

Benefits

Benefits that you could receive to help you include, Disability Living Allowance, Carer’s Allowance, help with extra housing costs, Carers Blue Badge Scheme, free dental treatment and prescriptions and help with the cost of glasses. In some cases travel to hospital, school meals and road tax exemption. There are organisations and charities who provide further help, advice and support.

Education

Depending upon the disability or Special Educational Need (SEN) that your child has, they may need additional support in their mainstream school. In some circumstances your child may need to attend a special school - a specialist environment designed to match their educational needs. Every school has a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) who can discuss any issues with you.

Stop

You think your child may have some form of disability.

Think

Some children do not appear to have a disability at birth, it can develop over time. Do not panic.

Do

Contact your Health Visitor, Doctor or school to access support.

 

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