Children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND), including autism, are able to access a variety of ongoing additional services to support their needs. Below you will find information about Short Breaks, Preparation for Adulthood information, financial benefits and additional support.
Please also see the 'Autism services and groups' document listing local and national support services, groups and activities.
Short Breaks provide opportunities for children and young people who are disabled, have a SEND, or have an Educational Health and care plan (EHCP) where the plan has been issued in recognition of the child’s disability. Short Breaks provides opportunities for child/young person to spend time away from their primary carers (parents/carers). These include day, evening, overnight or weekend activities and holiday playschemes. You can find more detailed information about short breaks here.
Here is a list of the short break providers commissioned by Bath and North East Somerset Council to offer short breaks to children with SEND living within B&NES: https://www.rainbowresource.org.uk/documents/906-list-of-short-breaks.pdf.
All of the short break providers listed in the document above run regular activities and groups both during term time and school holidays. The details of all of these groups can be found on the Rainbow Resource calendar here.
Preparation for Adulthood
As your child/young person gets older you will begin to think about preparing them for their next steps into adulthood. This usually starts when your child is around 14 years of age. Within Rainbow Resource we have a section dedicated to providing information, resources and guidance to support them along their way. You can find this section here.
Regular Preparation for Adulthood Fairs are held throughout the year across Bath and North East Somerset at various locations and venues. These will be shared on Rainbow Resource both on the homepage carousel and within the events calendar, and you will be able to find details of them by following our Facebook page, Family Information Online.
You shouldn't need a formal diagnisis to access certain benefits, these should be based on your child's needs, parents/ carers may be entitled to claim carers allowance.
Your child may also be entitled to extra help at school or nusery; to find out more speak to the SENCo.
Rainbow Resource Scheme
Bath and North East Somerset Local Authority offer a free Rainbow Resource card for all children and young people with a Special Educational Need and/or Disability. This will offer you concessionary admittance into a variety of attractions across the South West, and provides a discreet way to identify your child's additional need without having to divulge confidential information. You can find out more about the scheme here.
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