Specialist Inclusion Service

Children and young people are supported in their early years, at home and pre-school, by the Specialist Inclusion Service. This is if they have hearing, visual and multi-sensory impairment, physical impairments or Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Support for school age children is provided through school and continues until the young person transfers to adult services.

Our specialist teachers provide:

  • support to children and young people to help them to meet their educational needs. Also to support their social and emotional development;
  • parents / carers and schools with training, advice and support at various school and play settings

Children can also get more help from a support team of:

  • deaf instructors;
  • educational interpreters;
  • a communication and play therapist;
  • habilitation specialists;
  • specialist outreach workers;
  • speech and language therapists;
  • touch typing tutors;
  • specialist resource technicians;
  • and multi-sensory support assistants.

For more details about this services, see: Specialist Inclusion Service - who we are .

If a child or young person is unable to attend full-time education, then support is provided by the Medical Needs. This is the Known Children Missing out on Education team. For more details, see: Children with medical needs .

Multi-sensory support group

A Multi-sensory support group is run for parents / carers of children with a hearing, visual or ASD impairment.

The group is held every fortnight (Mondays), 10.30am to 12noon, at King Cross Library. It gives you the chance to have a coffee and a chat in a friendly environment.


  • Username Specialist Inclusion Service
  • Email cyps.sis@calderdale.gov.uk
  • Telephone 01422 394136
  • Address
    Town Hall
    Crossley Street
    HX1 1UJ


You may also find these resources and websites useful:

Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

National Autistic Society

A charitable organisation which provides help, support and services to individual with autism and their families. The site also has information on Asperger syndrome;

Ambitious About Autism: The only charity for autism education

This site includes details of a national development team which promotes best practice in autism education;


A support and action group for people affected by autistic spectrum disorders.

PDFCalderdale Autism Services Directory [PDF 469KB]

Hearing impairment

National Deaf Children's Society

This site gives a range of information on all aspects of deafness, including family support groups, resources and publications;

Royal Association for Deaf People

This organisation strives to meet the individual needs of deaf children. It works with the deaf community, deaf clubs, individuals and parents of deaf children;

Ear Foundation - Charity Supporting Cochlear Implanted children

This charity supports and provides activities, courses and resources for deaf children, their families and supporting professionals;

Deafsign.com-resource for deafness and sign language

This site includes comprehensive, free up to date information for those with hearing loss.

Physical impairment


Scope covers several different disabilities, including cerebral palsy. Their Trendsetters project provides information by disabled young people for disabled young people aged 10 to 18. There is also advice and support for parents and carers;


Shine (Northern region) provides support for children and adults with spina bifida (and hydrocephalus) and their families / carers;

Young Epilepsy

This is a national charity working exclusively for children and young people aged 25 years and under. They aim to improve the lives of children and young people. Helping them to fulfill their potential and enjoy the best quality of life.

Visual impairment

Blind Children UK

This charity provides information, advice, support and services to blind and partially sighted children, plus help for families, carers and professionals (formerly called National Blind Children's Society);


The Royal National Institute of Blind people is a charity providing a range of information for blind or partially sighted people;

Look UK

The web site for the National Federation of Families with Visually Impaired children, providing help, support and services for visually impaired children and their parents and carers;


The UK's largest organisation for children and adults who are deafblind or have associated disabilities.