Devon Information Advice and Support (DIAS) service provides information, advice and support on special educational needs and disability (SEND). The service is confidential and free of charge and provides legally-based impartial information.
Our main activity is to provide a service for children and young people aged up to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities, and their parents or carers. We give support around SEND issues at every stage of a child’s education, including into further education and adulthood.
The service offers:
• printed and online information
• email information and advice
• telephone advice and support
• face to face support
DIAS also does the following:
- ensures that parent/carers’ views are heard and understood
- make sure that parent/carers understand their rights, roles and responsibilities, including legislation and local policy and processes
- support parents, children or young people with SEND to understand and contribute to support plans.
- works with staff and governing bodies in schools and a range of other settings, as well as across the Local Authority and other agencies, to develop parent and young person friendly policies and partnership working with parent/carers
- offers training and information sessions to parents, school staff, governors and other professionals on SEN (Special Educational Needs). We train volunteers to work as Independent Supporters (IS).
Contact the service to find out more.