Launched in December 2018 by the parent of a special needs child who has spent 14 years supporting his child who has learning and physical disabilities, “Special Needs Today is run by parents for parents” and is a “one-stop shop” of easily understandable information covering health and lifestyle issues.
The site aims to help parents and carers on their lifelong
journey supporting their special needs child with content covering many areas
of health including autism, epilepsy, learning disabilities, mobility,
rehabilitation, communication, mental health and counselling
through to lifestyle content – finance, grant funding, legal issues, benefits, education,
leisure activities and employment.
Visitors to the site can sign-up for a free weekly email
newsletter which includes new articles added to the latest the site, competitions, special
offers, and the latest news affecting parents and carers of children with
Visitors are actively encouraged to contribute to the
service. Against every article on the site there is a “Feedback” form inviting
parents to share their experiences, suggest new content, ask questions based on
issues they may be experiencing in supporting their child etc. – making the
service truly “by parents, for parents”.
The site is available to anyone and in particular may be of
interest to members of the medical profession wishing to download and pass on
to parents and carers information around specific medical conditions which
affect those with special needs for instance in circumstances where there is a
new diagnosis of a condition.
Future development plans include carrying information for
patients from children’s hospitals (patient information leaflets, ward contacts
etc.), a directory of special schools, listings of jobs for people with
disabilities and forums which will enable both parents, medical professionals
and educators to discuss any issues relating to the care of children who have
special needs and disability.