During the coming weeks, we know that some schools and colleges are closing or partially closing, which will affect EHC assessments, EHCP reviews and provision in school during this time. All of our advice for schools and parents about Coronavirus and its impact on SEND is available here.
Devon Information Advice and Support (DiAS) also offer information about coronavirus, school, education and SEND.
The Disability Network
The Disability Network is a list of children and young people in Devon who have special educational needs (SEN) and / or disabilities who are aged 0 – 25 years. To find out more, click on the questions below.
- What is the Disability Network for?
The Disability Network helps us to keep you informed about available services in your area. It gives you opportunities to be involved in consultations, and in designing services for Children and Young People with SEN and/or disabilities. The information from the Disability Network will also help Children’s Services to build a broader picture of SEN and disability across the county from a family’s perspective, and understand local needs for services.
When you register your child or young person (0-25) we will send you the “Max Card”.
- What is the Max Card?
The Max Card has been funded by Devon County Council and is free to families with children aged 0-25 who have SEN and / or a disability. It allows the eligible child or young person free or discounted admission to more than 800 attractions nationwide, over 60 of which are in Devon and Cornwall.
For more information visit www.mymaxcard.co.uk
- Who can see the information on the Disability Network?
Your personal information is kept on a database and is managed and kept up to date by the Disabled Children’s Team. With your consent, the information will be shared with our partners in health, education and social care so that we can work together in the planning and delivery of local services for families in Devon. Information shared will be in the format of statistical figures, for example age ranges and numbers of children and young people, but we would not share names or identifiable information about individuals.
Joining the disability network is voluntary, and you can give as much or as little information as you like. We will need your name and address and some information about your child’s disability as a minimum.
We ask for your child or young person’s NHS number and date of birth so that we can identify them as an individual child or young person on the register to avoid any duplication. A person’s NHS number is a unique number that everyone has from birth onwards and it does not change over time. We will not use your child or young person’s NHS number to access any of your child or young person’s medical records.
- Who can register for a Max Card and the Disability Network?
You can register your child if they are under 25 years of age with special educational needs or a disability (SEND).
The Equality Act 2010 definition of disability is a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.
Additionally, Section 17 (11) of the Children’s Act states that a child is disabled if they (direct quotes from the Act):
- are blind
- deaf, or
- non-verbal, or
- suffer from a ‘mental disorder of any kind’, or
- are ‘substantially and permanently handicapped by illness, injury or congenital deformity, or such other disability as may be prescribed’.
We would like all children and young people who have SEN and /or disabilities to be on the register. Young people can register themselves if over the age of 16, if they want to.
Devon County Council wants to understand the needs of children and young people with SEND. We need to know requirements for services to support them. The Disability Network will capture information to help the Council and other commissioners to do this.
Who should fill in the form?
- The parent, carer or guardian of a disabled child or young person
- The young person themselves if aged 16 or over.
If a young person is 13 or over we will ask for their consent to be/stay on the register.
- How do I register for a Max Card and the Disability Network?
The easiest and quickest way of registering is by completing the online registration form.
Alternatively, you can:
- download the form and complete it, then post to the address below;
- ask us to send you a copy in the post to complete.
The Disability Network (Max Card)
Devon County Council
- With any questions.
- If you need help to complete the registration form.
- If you need the form in a different format.
- What are the benefits of having a Max Card?
There are lots of locations in Devon which take the Max Card and give you a discount in return. From Butlins to Bearfeet, Bowling to Big Sheep – there’s bound to be something near you. The Max Card is a national scheme so there are also venues in other counties that accept the card and give you a discount.
The Merlin Annual Pass gives its holder access to 32 top attractions across the UK! To get your Merlin Annual Pass, follow these simple steps.
1. Search for a Merlin attraction on the Max Card website (Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, SEA LIFE etc)
2. Enter your card number to unlock the online store
3. Select the ‘Annual Pass’ tab on the online store
4. Fill in details and upload a clear passport photo.
5. Your Merlin Annual Pass will be posted to you. Allow up to 10 working days for delivery.
6. Enjoy great family days out at Merlin attractions!
You can enjoy discount dining at thousands of restaurants with your free digital Dine club membership – you just need to complete the short Dine Club form on the Max Card website.