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Dorset Parent Carer Council Home | Dorset Parent Carer (

DPCC is run by parents & carers for parents & carers of children and young people age 0 - 25 with special educational needs or disability (SEND) who live in Dorset. Their aim is to improve services for children and young people by ensuring that families’ voices are heard by planners and decision-makers. Signposting and communication are key to what they do and wherever possible, they aim to work in co-production.


The Xchange

You can join the Xchange for free if you are the parent/ carer of a child who is disabled; your main residence of both you and your child is within the Dorset Council area, and your child is under 19 years of age. Xchange member benefits include a Dorset Max Card for your child which gives you discounts for venues and events, and a carer’s discount card for you.


Family Hubs Family Hub services - Dorset Council

Family Hubs or Children’s Centres provide a wide range of help and support.

This includes a range of services for babies, children, young people and their families. You can drop in to your local Family Hub or children's centre, or find information online.

I CAN  Home - Speech and Language UK: Changing young lives

Speech and Language UK give advice and guidance to families to help them support their child's skills.


Afasic  Voice for Life Home - Afasic

Afasic offers support and advice for families of children with speech and language needs


IPSEA  (IPSEA) Independent Provider of Special Education Advice

IPSEA advises families whose children have all types of SEN/disability, including behavioural problems, communication difficulties, learning disabilities and autism. They can offer legally based advice and can support both before and after any diagnosis


The National Autistic Society  What we do (

The NAS is the leading UK charity for autistic people (including those with Asperger syndrome) and their families.


Adhd Foundation Neurodiversity charityHome - ADHD Foundation : ADHD Foundation

The ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity is an integrated health and education service offering strengths based support for people who live with ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Tourette’s syndrome.


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service Dorset SENDIASS

SENDIASS is the statutory information, support and advice service for Dorset. They offer free, independent and impartial information relating to education, health and social care for children and young people (0-25) with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities (SEND), and their families, to empower them to make appropriate and informed choice.


Bridgit Care Services Online Support (

Bridgit care offers support and care for carers all over the UK with whatever complex needs they may have. They help carers to find carer support resources within their local communities, as well as nationally or with the Bridgit Care organisation. “We care for you, so you can care for them.”