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What's on offer for disabled children in York

York's local offer website enables parents and young people to see what disability services are available in their area and how to access them. We hope you find the information easy to read, navigate and useful.

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Moving into school

Getting ready for school is an important decision making time for parents/carers. Here are some frequently asked questions that you may find useful.

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Get your free Max Card

Register with York Family Information Service to receive your free Max Card and helpful information as your child grows older.

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I need somebody to speak to

If you'd prefer to speak to somebody about disability options, you can phone Family Information Service on 01904 554444. We're open 8:30am -5:00pm, Monday - Friday.

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 Local Offer Review 2016

We are currently reviewing the awareness and accessibility of the City of York Council’s Local Offer. This process will involve consultation with families, young people and parent/ carer groups across the City. We welcome all of your views and comments and would invite you to complete the following survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/localofferreview




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Are you able to Volunteer?

We are looking for new Volunteers to help us as Volunteer Parent Mentors and Volunteer Parent Supporters. You will provide one to one support for parents/ carers with children with a disability or additional need.  Parents have told us how valued and important these roles have been to them. Full training is given. For more information on this rewarding role please contact Michelle Porter: michelle.porter@york.gov.uk or Charlotte Ledgard: charlotte.ledgard@york.gov.uk

Before school (0-5)

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Find information, links and services for pre-school children with disabilities.

Starting primary school (5-11)

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Getting ready for school is an important decision making time for parents/carers. Here's some useful advice, tips and information to help you.

Starting secondary school (11+)

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Starting secondary school is an important and exciting time for every young person. In this section you'll find hints, tips and options to help.

Growing up and leaving school options (14-25)

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There are many leaving school options on offer for young people with disabilities. Here's some information and useful tips to help with the transition into adulthood.

Support for Parents

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There are lots of local and national groups for parents and carers of children and young people with SEND. There is also support and advice are available even though your child may not have been diagnosed yet. Find out what options are available.

Local and National Support Services and Useful Links

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Find out about services in York that support children and families.

Health services

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Find out about the health services in York that can support your child.

Fun things to do, getting around and discounts


Find out about Inclusive activities and clubs in York, things to do during the school holidays and information about discounts on travel costs and entrance fees in to lots of attractions!



When it comes to childcare for a disabled child, the considerations are the same as for any other child. However, there are a few extra things to think about, such as additional training or a child’s medical needs.

Education, Health and Care Plans


In this section find out about: the new SEN code of practice (from September 2014), Education, Health and Care Plan which will be replacing the current ‘statement’ and information about Personal Budgets and My Support Plans.

York SEND Information, Advice and Support Service

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York SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (formerly Parent Partnership Service) is part of the LA's special educational needs (SEN) services. We provide specialist individual support to parents, carers, children and young people who are involved in an Education, Health Needs and Care (EHC) Needs Assessment.

Short Breaks

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Short Breaks could include having additional support so that a child or young person can join in with a club or activity in their community. Find out more information how Short Breaks can help you and your child.

Where can I get help if I am unhappy with a service?

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Find out about our complaints procedure and who to contact if you are not happy with the service you have received. We also take what you have to say very seriously. You can find out how we acted on your feedback about services and York's Local Offer in this section.

How the Local Offer is made

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The Local Offer has been produced by children, young people, parents, carers and practitioners working together. Families have been engaged throughout the development of the Local Offer and feedback forms a fundamental part of it's ongoing development.

Special Education Needs Provision and Policies

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Find details of the Accessibility and SEND strategies as well as information on Special Educational Needs Provision in York.

Volunteer Parent Support


Parents have told us how much they value advice, help and support from other parents. We have 2 ways volunteers can support you both short term and long term.