SENDA are a small not-for-profit organisation based in County Durham. SENDA was created after their founder faced multiple barriers when trying to help her child access appropriate education. There were many times she sat down and thought “I wish there was someone I could call; someone who would sit with me and tell me what I’m meant to do next…”
There was nothing and no-one locally who could provide this service. Initially the founder was frustrated by this, but soon realised she had the training skills, and connections to build such as service. So SENDA was born, with a team of individuals committed to the health and wellbeing of young people., and their right to access education.
At SENDA they share their name and values with the Special Education Needs and Disability Act 2001.
The Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against students with a disability and requires that reasonable adjustments be made to help them access a suitable and appropriate education. They aim to promote the rights of children and their families by supporting them through advocacy; advising them of their rights; signposting to appropriate services; and informing them of their next steps.
You can find SENDA on Facebook & Twitter or email them on firstname.lastname@example.org