Independent Review of Special Educational Needs: Conversations with Parents/Carers – 23 August 2022

As part of the Independent Review of Special Educational Needs (SEN), IPSOS is seeking the views of parent/carers in relation to improving SEN process and services.

Date: Tuesday 23 August 2022

Time: 6.00pm-8.30pm (zoom)

Register your interest: Email – or Phone 028 90 500 800


Supporting Children With Additional Needs Through Play

Play is incredibly valuable for all children.

Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity and physical, cognitive and emotional strength.

Children’s needs vary and play activities can be adapted by those who know the child best to meet individual abilities, likes and dislikes.

Read PlayBoard NI’s publication, ‘Supporting children with additional needs through play’ at for some play ideas to try at home.

#Playday2022 #AllToPlayFor

SAIL (Social, And Independent Living) Programme – Applications Now Open!

Autonomie are currently recruiting young people for their SAIL program which will begin November 2022. This program will be based in the Belfast Area (location TBC). It will run for 6 months with days and times to be confirmed once the group has been identified (spaces are limited and expected to fill up fast).

SAIL program is for young people between the ages of 16-30 years with a physical and/or mild to moderate learning disability who have left school or who are preparing to leave school and do not intend to attend any full-time Education Colleges, Day Centres and/ or other training facilities.

This community-based programme helps young people build self-confidence and develop self-awareness and provides emotional and practical support during the transition between adolescence and adulthood.

SAIL offers participants an opportunity to develop or improve basic independent living skills and empowers these young people with additional needs to live more independent and confident lives within their chosen community

For further information please see leaflet below or contact Nicole Hammond (Youth Development Officer) either via email or via telephone 028 95918051.

Or, If you wish to make a referral, please complete the application form below and send it to

SAIL Information Leaflet

SAIL Recruitment Letter

SAIL Registration Form

Family Voice Hub Information Leaflet

Assistive Technology for Children with Vision Impairment

We’re excited to share that applications have now re-opened for free iPads for children aged 3-18 with a vision impairment, for use at home.

The devices have excellent accessibility features built-in, and online guides and tutorials will be provided to help them get started and to ensure that they know how to stay safe online. The devices will be completely free of charge, with the only requirement being proof of vision impairment.

We know how important technology is for children with a vision impairment; if you are aware of any children who could benefit please do share the information with families.

Stocks are limited so we would encourage interested applicants to apply as soon as possible. More information, including how to apply, can be found on the following webpage:

There is also a webpage detailing the eligibility criteria: Eligibility criteria (

We are planning some social media posts on the Guide Dogs UK social media channels later this week, so please share these if you would like to. I have put the links to our Facebook and Twitter channels below:

Guide Dogs (@guidedogs) / Twitter

Guide Dogs UK | Facebook

Tech for All is just one of many services Guide Dogs provide for children and young people. We offer buddy dogs, a well behaved canine companion for children with sight loss; our ‘My Time to Play’ Programme for children with sight loss aged 0-4, learning through sensory play in a group setting led by our habilitation specialists; and much more.

We have also recently launched an online customer panel, for all people with sight loss, or parents of children with a vision impairment. It’s completely free to join and participate in. Members will be invited to take part in interesting research activities. It’s a great way for people to get their voice heard and we hope they will find it personally rewarding.  The system is fully accessible so that the experience will be as frustration free as possible. To become a member, people should complete a short 10 minute survey on the following link:

If families would like to find out more about our services, they can visit our website or contact Guide Line on 0800 781 1444.