• Contact our free helpline for advice. 
  • Make contact with local support groups and meet other parents.
  • Sign up for online forums and social media sites like Facebook to chat with parents of children with similar needs.
  • Use an online benefits tool to find out what benefits you are entitled to.

Your local council may be able to support you and your disabled child through a range of services.

Children’s Disability Team

Each county council has a duty to provide a local offer. To find out what is available in your area, speak to the Children’s Disability Team. Services can include:

Ask your council about local support groups for carers and families with disabled children.

Search SENDirect for services for disabled children and young people in your area.

Family Information Service

Each area should have a Family Information Service that can support you and tell you about local services. 

Scope services in England and Wales for families of disabled children

Parent befriending

Face 2 Face groups are parents of disabled children who are trained to offer support to new parents. Find your nearest Face 2 Face group

Sleep Solutions

We offer specialised information and support to families of disabled children who have difficulty sleeping. 

Family short breaks

We provide flexible short break options for support in the home or community. 


We run special schools and a college providing further education for disabled students

Take a look at our Learning Together toolkit, supporting teachers to include disabled children in mainstream schools.

Contact our helpline