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Devon’s SEND Local Offer

Physical difficulties

Support available in Devon

Devon Independent Living Integrated Service (DILIS) includes delivery and installation, servicing and maintenance, and collection of equipment that has been ordered by a prescriber, GP, nurse, therapist or social services provider. DILIS also make adaptations to people’s homes.

Orthotics, prosthetics, wheelchairs and special seating

Exeter Mobility Centre has the contract for orthotics, prosthetics, and wheelchair services in Devon.

The wheelchair service assesses you for the provision of:

  • wheelchairs and children’s buggies if you have long-term mobility problems
  • pressure care cushions for wheelchairs
  • equipment to provide postural support in wheelchairs or buggies

The Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon wheelchair service provide assessments for people with mobility and other postural problems, supplying wheelchairs, pressure care cushions and accessories for wheelchairs in Plymouth, the South Hams and West Devon.

Vranch House provides the specialist wheelchair service for children who have been assessed by a community therapist as requiring specialist provision that cannot be provided by mainstream service.

Alternative and augmented communication (AAC)

Vranch House provides an AAC intervention service. This service provides specialist speech and language therapist input to help people use high-tech AAC systems.

Accessing services

Providing equipment is subject to the eligibility criteria agreed with NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group. To access these services, your child will need to be assessed and referred by a therapist.

Support in schools

Children and young people with physical needs are supported in schools by their teachers and special educational needs coordinators.

They may also receive support in education settings or in their homes from the Physical Difficulties Team.