The Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND) Code of Practice (2015): 0 to 25 years outlines that local authorities need to provide a local offer that is widely ‘accessible for all’.
This accessibility plan explains our way of making sure services are accessible to everyone – including people with different needs and those without access to the internet.
When we talk about ‘accessibility’ we mean giving people equal opportunities, no matter what their ability or circumstances.
For example, it is wrong to exclude someone from
- a physical building because they are in a wheelchair
- a website because they have a visual impairment
We are all different, but we are all human, and therefore have the same human rights.
Somerset’s SEND Local Offer needs to be accessible to all families with a child or young person with a special educational need and/or disabilities (SEND) including the young people with SEND themselves.
We’re also aware that parent carers of children and young people with SEND may have additional needs themselves.