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Devon Information Advice and Support (DiAS)

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:

  • signposting
  • printed and online information
  • email information and advice
  • telephone advice and support
  • face to face support (limited due to Covid)

 DiAS also does the following:

  • ensures that parent/carers’ views are heard and understood
  • makes sure that parent/carers understand their rights, roles and responsibilities, including legislation and local policy and processes
  • supports 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.
Devon County Council uses an SEND flag to list services which define themselves as suitable for children and young people with SEND. These are part of Devon's SEND Local Offer. We recommend that you contact the service provider to make sure the service is suitable for your child or young person.


01392 383080
Devon Information Advice and Support (DiAS)
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Great Moor House
Bittern Road
Sowton Industrial Estate

Further information

Cost Details
Display Date/Time
Telephone enquiry line Monday to Friday: 10.00am - 3.00pm
Referral details

Parents can request support by phone or email. Professionals can refer a parent for support with the parents consent in the same way.

Waiting list?
Age range
0 years to 25 years
DBS check?
(formerly CRB)
Additional needs details
Information available in easy read format and in some languages other than English.
Last updated: 15/09/2020
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