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SENDIASS is Manchester’s Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS) for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

They have gone through a number of name changes over the years and some of us may be used to calling them Parent Partnership or IASM or simply IAS. They are now officially called IAS Manchester (IASM).

They can provide:

– Information on school admissions and appeals
– Information on school exclusion
– Information on disability discrimination
– Support meetings in relation to SEN and disability issues
– Advocacy in meetings
– Informal disagreement resolution and mediation between parents, schools and the Local Authority
– Information on formal disagreement resolution and mediation services
– Information on other avenues of support to the voluntary and community sector
– Information on Health and Social care and the SEND Local Offer
– Help to make parents’ voices heard to influence change and development of services

You can also find information about them at: www.iasmanchester.org

Below are some events and articles relating to Manchester’s SEND Information, Advice and Support Service:

New IASM Website

IASM, which is Manchester’s independent Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS) for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), has recently launched their new website. Their independent website has been co-produced with parents and carers, including consultations prior to start of development and a demo/review before

By |2020-08-11T17:22:11+01:00August 11th, 2020|Categories: Information Sharing|Tags: , , , |

“Reasonable Endeavours” EHCP Law Change to End July 31

Last Monday, we learned of the unfortunate news that the change in the law for Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) in England has been extended by the Department for Education (DfE) until end of 31st July 2020. The changes mean that education and health

By |2020-07-02T18:32:47+01:00July 2nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Manchester’s Ordinarily Available Provision for Early Years

It's our pleasure to share with you the final draft of Manchester's Ordinarily Available Provision for Early Years document, which describes the support, strategies and activities that are available in early years settings to young children with additional needs, without the need for a formal

Extension of Temporary Changes to EHCP Legislation

We previously shared with you information about the temporary changes to the law regarding Education Health and Care (EHC) plans during the Coronavirus pandemic, which was followed by a factsheet from Information, Advice and Support Manchester (IASM) explaining the changes in more detail. On Friday

By |2020-06-05T16:58:17+01:00June 5th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Q&A from the May Virtual Local Offer Drop-in

We asked participating organisations/teams in last month's Virtual SEND Local Offer Drop-in to collate questions that parents asked them so we can share the information to more parents & carers. Below are the questions that parents asked at the May SEND Drop-in (click or

IAS Manchester Working Hours (Margarette)

Source: Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Manchesterhttps://hsm.manchester.gov.uk/kb5/manchester/directory/advice.page?id=JqDaH0QWDh8 ANNOUNCEMENT FROM IASM: While everyone is still in lockdown please contact us for advice/support using our e-mail parents@manchester.gov.uk or phone 0161 209 8356 between 8.30-4pm and leave your name, number and message and a

By |2020-05-02T16:48:14+01:00May 29th, 2020|Categories: , |Tags: , , , , , |

IAS Manchester Working Hours (Andy)

Source: Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Manchesterhttps://hsm.manchester.gov.uk/kb5/manchester/directory/advice.page?id=JqDaH0QWDh8 ANNOUNCEMENT FROM IASM: While everyone is still in lockdown please contact us for advice/support using our e-mail parents@manchester.gov.uk or phone 0161 209 8356 between 8.30-4pm and leave your name, number and message and a

By |2020-05-02T16:39:22+01:00May 28th, 2020|Categories: , |Tags: , , , , , |

IAS Manchester Working Hours (Carl)

Source: Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Manchesterhttps://hsm.manchester.gov.uk/kb5/manchester/directory/advice.page?id=JqDaH0QWDh8 ANNOUNCEMENT FROM IASM: While everyone is still in lockdown please contact us for advice/support using our e-mail parents@manchester.gov.uk or phone 0161 209 8356 between 8.30-4pm and leave your name, number and message and a

By |2020-05-02T16:34:03+01:00May 27th, 2020|Categories: , |Tags: , , , , , |

IAS Manchester Working Hours (Jill)

Source: Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Manchesterhttps://hsm.manchester.gov.uk/kb5/manchester/directory/advice.page?id=JqDaH0QWDh8 ANNOUNCEMENT FROM IASM: While everyone is still in lockdown please contact us for advice/support using our e-mail parents@manchester.gov.uk or phone 0161 209 8356 between 8.30-4pm and leave your name, number and message and a

By |2020-05-02T16:43:38+01:00May 26th, 2020|Categories: , |Tags: , , , , , |

IASM Guidance on Temporary Legislative Changes to EHC Needs Assessments and Plans

Earlier this month, we wrote about the temporary changes to education, health and care legislation during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-code-of-practice-0-to-25 In that article, we shared info and commentary from Contact and from the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF), as