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Information on additional needs

There are a number of resources available if you would like more information regarding additional needs. The selection of websites (not affiliated with the DofE) below can provide more information on specific disabilities.

It is important to remember that the disability will not define the young person and that within specific disabilities there will be a diverse range of needs and capabilities.

A great way of understanding a young person's needs is simply by discussing with them their circumstances and what outcomes they want from achieving their Duke of Edinburgh's Award.


Useful organisations

  Provides people-friendly information and resources about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to anyone who needs assistance - parents, sufferers, teachers or health professionals. ADHD
  The leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families.  Providing information and support. Autism
  RNIB offers support and advice to blind and partially sighted people in the UK via information and practical advice. Blind/ visually impaired
  Scope offers free, impartial and expert information, advice and support to disabled people and their families. Cerebral palsy 
  The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is the UK's only national charity dealing with all aspects of Cystic Fibrosis, providing support and information to all who need it.
Cystic Fibrosis
  NDCS is the national charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people through information and support.
Deaf/ hearing impaired
  Providing information and support on all aspects of living with Down's syndrome to all who need it. Downs syndrome
  Dyslexia Action aims to create a world where barriers to learning, employment and fulfilment have been removed for people with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties. Dyslexia
  Supporting individuals and families affected by developmental dyspraxia. Dyspraxia
  Mencap is the voice of learning disability. They value and supporting people with a learning disability and their families and carers.
Learning disabilities
  MS information, news, research and support from the Multiple Sclerosis Society UK. Multiple sclerosis
  Europe's largest organisation dedicated to supporting individuals, families and professionals as they face the challenges arising from spina bifida and hydrocephalus.
Spina bifida