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Providing services
a teenage girl in her bedroom
There are a range of services provided for children with disabilities including:
  • Mobility aids;
  • Adaptations to the family home;
  • Speech and language therapy;
  • Physiotherapy;
  • Play groups;
  • Home education programmes;
  • Respite care.
Getting it right (1)

Sometimes, the absence of essential services can hinder a child’s independence and achievement.


Sophia spends some of her time in a mainstream school and some in a special school. She needs a ‘Tech/Talk’ to help her communicate but, at present, she only uses it in her special school setting.


Watch this clip from Sophia’s review, where the availability of Tech/Talk is discussed.
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Getting it right (2)
Now listen to Simon, Harvey's dad, talk about the lack of support for Harvey's speech and language needs.
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special needs computer
Find out what arrangements are made in your school for the provision and allocation of:
  • Physical resources (equipment);
  • Human resources (staff and volunteer time).
Welfare services

Local authorities must provide 'all or any' of the welfare services listed in the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act (CSDPA) 1970, where they assess that the relevant need exists. However, they may set eligibility criteria, which can vary greatly between regions, resulting in children with the same needs receiving different levels of support depending on where their family lives.

The Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act (CSDPA) 1970 (Section 2) lists the following welfare services:

  • Practical assistance in the home;
  • Meals;
  • Recreational facilities;
  • Holidays;
  • Educational facilities;
  • Telephone equipment;
  • Travel assistance;
  • Home adaptations.
The value of services to families
Listen to this clip in which Caroline, the mother of a child with complex needs, talks about how important respite care and the care provided by a children’s hospice is for her family’s quality of life.
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