The term ‘special educational needs‘ (SEN) refers to children and young people who have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than most children of the same age. This could also mean having a physical disability that can prevent some of the school’s educational facilities from being used.

Other examples of special educational needs include young people with hearing or visual impairments, or speech or language difficulties. Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Behaviour, Emotional and Social Difficulties (BESD) and Dyselxia can also fall under SEN

Links you might find useful

Money for disabled students in further education, from The Mix (formerly 

Gov.UK’s disability rights and education section

Gov.UK’s Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) section

Mencap’s SEN Support section

SNAP Cymru’s info for young people

Support for disabled students, from The Mix (formerly

Funding for students with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities, from Careers Wales

Where You Stand – Information for parents, carers, disabled children and adults with learning disabilities in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

SuperSummary – Guide to Overcoming Dyslexia – A resource guide for those with dyslexia, their parents and teachers. Links to organisations that focus on dyslexia and other learning disabilities.

Some Local Organisations

Disability Wales

Mencap Cymru 

SNAP Cymru 

Innovate Trust’s Quest Supported Employment

Some National Organisations


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For more organisations or info about education, check out our database or contact Meic, the advocacy, advice and information helpline for children and young people in Wales — Freephone: 080880 23456 / Text: 84001 / Instant Message

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Funding Partners

families first
cardiff partnership
promo cymru