Useful Links: Free Resources
Signing Resources
Audio Games Resources
Visual Communication
Inclusive technology
MLD Thematic Units
Resources for the blind
Speech Therapy Resources

Sign Language is an important part of the resources developed by Communication 4 All. There are a large range of learning aids designed to build core vocabulary and teach signs. The resources come in a number of signing systems and are designed to assist with Sign Supported English in a mainstream setting.  Although this site is useful, please bear in mind that it is no longer being updated.

Audiogames, as opposed to video games are computer games who's main output is sound rather than graphics.  Using sound, games can have dimensions of atmosphere, and possibilities for gameplay that don't exist with visuals alone, as well as providing games far more accessible to people with all levels of sight. This site is a community portal for all things to do with audiogames.

Do2learn provides many free and commerical teaching resources for pupils with learning difficulties.  The site has a focus on materials which may be of particular use to students with ASDs or Foetal Alchohol Spectrum Disorders.  The site includes a large number of free resources for printout and to play online. Includes classroom organisation tips and advice for teachers.

Inclusive Technology is a leading supplier of software and hardware for people with special needs. They provide pioneering assistive technology worldwide. From ground breaking eye gaze and communication technology through to switch access, mounting solutions and environmental control, they provide innovative products for communication, learning and play.

Kinect is a motion sensing input device which allows the the user to control and interact with a range of apps using gestures and spoken commands. The device features a RGB camera, depth sensor and multi-array microphone which means it can provide full body 3D motion capture, facial recognition and voice recognition. Designed to support teaching and learning.

Thematic units designed to deliver a vibrant and motivating curriculum for learners with profound and multiple learning difficulties. The activities adopt a process-based interactive approach with the aim of best supporting learners in acquiring, practising and establishing the early skills of communication and active involvement in everyday experiences. (NI Curriculum)

Perkins School for the Blind has been a leading innovator in education for the visually impaired for almost two-hundred years.

The site is an essential resource for teachers and parents supporting children with visual impairment. Many of the ideas, resources and teaching strategies are also applicable to a wide range of complex needs and sensory teaching in general.

The Speech Teach site has been developed to provide speech therapy resources for parents and professionals supporting children with speech and learning difficulties: dyspraxia, apraxia and autism. Other areas of articulation, literacy and late speaking are also covered together with links and reviews for other websites specialising in these areas. 

Useful Links: Specialist Sites
Special Needs
Special Needs in the UK
Special Needs
SEN Magazine
Special Needs Documents

Special Needs UK continues to provide Parents and educational professionals with in depth information on schools, colleges, education centres and support groups for children and young adults with special educational needs. Use the site to search for the right establishment/support group for your child.   The site provides useful links to teaching resources.

Special Kids in the UK is a charity for families who have a child of any age with special needs. Families who have children with special needs often deal with similar challenges. They may have concerns about education, services, therapies, respite and other issues directly related to their child. Special Kids in the UK aim is to bring families together for friendship and to share information 

Special Needs Jungle creates easy to understand resources, articles and information for parents and carers of children with special needs, disabilities and health conditions to better enable them to navigate the special needs system. They aim to inform, educate and empower families to self-advocate confidently, so their children get the help they need to live the best life they can.

The SEN Magazine is published every two months and full of interesting and authoritative features, news and articles covering all issues to do with SEN and disability. It is essential reading for teachers, SENCOs, carers, parents, therapists and all practitioners in special needs. The magazine is distributed to all special schools and is available on subscription to mainstream schools.

This is a UK Government website which publishes documents and information relating to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).  Just follow the links to keep up-to-date with the latest information.  The site is useful for both parents and practitioners and details the process involved in requesting help for your child or student.  All information comes in printable format too.

The BDA promotes early identification of specific learning difficulties (SpLD) and support in schools to ensure opportunity to learn for dyslexic learners. In November 2007 at the BDA AGM Members agreed the policy on Early Identification of Specific Learning Difficulties. This forms the basis of BDA lobbying in this regard. The BDA is the voice of dyslexic people.

The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families. Their goal is to help transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people. They are the largest provider of specialist autism services. Their trained staff and volunteers bring passion and expertise to the lives of 100,000 autistic people every year. 

The Dyspraxia Foundation is committed to making the teaching and medical professions more aware of dyspraxia and to spread understanding of how those who have the condition can be helped. The site is packed full of useful information and links for parents and practitioners.  Local groups are encouraged to develop their own ideas and to distribute information as well as fund raise.