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

Other useful resources and websites:

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! Details of a national development team that promotes best practice in autism education;
  • Autismlinks A support and action group for people affected by autistic spectrum disorders.

For more contacts, please see: PDFCalderdale Autism Services Directory (2017) [PDF 469KB] .

Hearing impairment

  • National Deaf Children's Society A range of information on all aspects of deafness. It includes 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 Supports and provides activities, courses and resources. This is for deaf children, their families and supporting professionals;
  • Deafsign A resource for deafness and sign language.
  • DEX A deaf-led organisation that raises awareness of the daily struggle that deaf children have in mainstream education.

Physical impairment

  • Scope 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 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

  • Guide Dogs UK Offers services and activities for blind and partially sighted children and young people. (Merged with Blind Children UK in 2014);
  • RNIB The Royal National Institute of Blind people. A charity that offers a range of information for blind or partially sighted people;
  • Look UK National Federation of Families with Visually Impaired children. They give help, support and services for visually impaired children and their parents and carers;
  • Sense The UK's largest organisation for children and adults who are deafblind or have associated disabilities.