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These links have been reproduced from the ALN Home School 19 website . This site is designed to benefit parents and carers of young people who have additional learning needs and who may have to be home schooled during the Covid-19 outbreak. If you would like to recommend a link to be placed on the site please tweet @KimLawtherAT or email

(Full permissions have granted for any individual, school, college etc to use on their website)



There are a large variety of links below including free resources.  They are in alphabetical order smiley.


  Click on the picture icons to go to that site  


Ability Net


AbilityNet's ITCanHelp volunteers provide free IT support to older people

and people withdisabilities of any age. Our volunteers can support remotely

anywhere in the UK.



Accessibyte are offering free access to its apps for blind, low vision,

deaf and reading impaired students

Access YouTube


An accessible interface for users of assistive technologies to play YouTube

videos independently

Ace Centre


Ace Centre is a charity specialising in AAC and AT - they have some good resources

and eBooks available

Apple - Accessibility


Information on accessibility on Apple devices



Free activities and resources to support any #AAC communication system based

on core words



Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories,

including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue

dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your

desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

BBC Bitesize


From 20 April, you’ll be able to access regular daily lessons in English and Maths,

as well as other core subjects, in an expanded version of our website and also

on special programmes broadcast on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button



A free 30 day trial offering 80,000 symbol supported accessible resources

and 5 years of ready-made curriculum

Follow this step by step playlist to get started



Free printable PDF symbol resources for shared reading based on

the Book Bug Scheme in Scotland. Provided by Call Scotland.

Busy Things


Help children learn through play with Busy Things. Fun educational games

for kids aged 3–11 on a huge range of subjects.

Make use of their free trial or families can use code HOME1FOR1

to get your 1st month of access for just £1

Call Scotland


A fantastic service in Scotland that provides free resources to

overcome disability and barriers to learning



Lots of games and resources for young children



Lots of games and resources for younger learners



CEA provide a range of SEN support for all educational settings in Northern Ireland.

They have a huge variety of units for specific ALN

Certificate Magic


Create your own personalised certificates, free and unlimited

Chatter Pack


Free resources for learners with SEND/ALN

Claro Software


Claro Software develops Assistive Technology, software for people

with disabilities such as print and reading difficulties like dyslexia,

to help them achieve all they can.

They have made their cloud web apps FREE

Visuals Engine


A really useful website which allow you to create and print symbol based

resources for free. Choose a template, click the boxes and

add either images from Google or symbols

Crick Software


Child-friendly word processing support that will enable pupils

of all abilities to work independently



Mental health resources for families and children

David Walliams Books


David Walliams will be releasing an audio story every day

for the 30 days for free. Follow the link to listen

Dolphin Software


Many visually impaired students will not have access to their

normal assistive technology at home.

If you'd like to receive 3 months of free access to your preferred

edition of SuperNova, click the link

Doorway Online


Doorway Online is a collection of free and highly accessible educational

games that learners will find easy to use independently.



US based website: Easterseals provides exceptional services, education

, outreach and advocacy so that people with disabilities can live, learn,

work and play in our communities. They have some great Covid-19 related

resources including a school closure resource kit

Excellence Gateway


Short videos of how to make devices/software more accessible

Empowering Little Minds


A self employed Independent Special SEN Teacher & Consultant

that has provided 4 FREE weeks of parent support, sensory & play training

Whiteboard Room


Free PowerPoint resources created by SEN teachers from all over the UK.

Special Effect - EyeGaze Games


Games from the charity Special Effect specifically for EyeGaze users

Gaze Play


Gazeplay is free and open-source software, gathering nearly 60

mini-games playable with an eye-tracker

Ginger Tiger


A broad online activity resource, exclusively for the special needs community -

Free trial available



Sonocent have been supporting higher education institutions with

note taking accommodations for over ten years. We help your

students take great notes independently.In this unprecedented and

challenging time, we realized we could helpmake students' transition

to online classes a lot smoother by giving them access to Glean,

our new online note taking tool with dedicated features

for online learning.

That’s why we are offering unlimited free access to Glean until August 31st 2020


Google - Accessibility


Information on accessibility on Chrome devices


Google Expeditions


An immersive app that allows you to explore the world through over

1000 virtual-reality and 100 augmented-reality tours.

Google for Education


Lesson plans for those who use G Suite

Harry Potter at Home


Welcome to the Harry Potter At Home hub where you’ll find all the latest

magical treats to keep you occupied - including special contributions

rom Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos

(teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes,

puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those

already familiar with the wizarding world. We’re casting a Banishing

Charm on boredom!

COVID-19 UK Mutual Aid groups


A list of support groups across the UK



Online learning for Special Education from Inclusive Technology

are offering some free resources during the Covid-19 outbreak



WALES ONLY - Teachers and learners in maintained schools in

Wales are able to download and install the latest Microsoft Office

tools including Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as Minecraft

Inclusive Teach


Free resources from Joe White, Assistant Headteacher

of Broadstairs Special School

Inclusive Technology


Motivational Apps specifically for children. Designed to meet a range

of SEN including switch access for those with physical disabilities.



Kobi allows you to import any book, adjust the text according to your

learners needs & practice reading. They are giving free monthly

codes to keep on practicing reading at home. (Available on Android & iOS)



Liberator Ltd have kindly extended the free trial period of

AAC Language Lab to two months. Resources include Parent Guides,

sample lesson plans, manual communication boards and much more.



Free public domain audiobooks read by volunteers from around the world



Free resources from Makaton, the sign language charity

Mind Heart


Have created this short book to support and reassure our children

regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to

discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation

Available in many different languages

Mother Could


A great parenting blog - a number of sensory activities have been

complied from this blog into one printable PDF

*thanks to Ian Bean*

My Computer My Way


Great resource from Ability Net, a step-by-step guide to individual

adjustments you can make to your computer, laptop, tablet or

smart phone to make it easier to use.

National Geographic


Games, videos, and ways you can explore and learn about animals

in the world.



A fun resource for switch users and for anyone looking to find

game accessibility solutions.

Oxford Owl


All our eBooks are free to use, but you will need to register or

log in on the next page to read your book. Please note, our eBooks

are not optimised for mobile phones and are best viewed on

a computer, laptop, or tablet

Pete Wells' Sensory Stories


Sensory stories and associated resources, special stories podcast,

tips for classroom practise and more!

Phonics for SEN


Ann Sullivan has very kindly made her teaching resources are

available as FREE downloads from her TES Shop.

You will require a TES account to download resources but it is

easy and quick to register

Phonics Play


A site packed with interactive phonics games, phonics planning,

many teaching ideas and resources

Priory Woods School


A fantastic school that is offering access to simple programs,

which you are free to adapt and use in your school, college or home.



To claim a free book in braille or audio (Daisy CD) format,

call the RNIB helpline on 0303 123 9999 or email

The books will be available for free until March 31

Rosehill School


Great printable resources to help explain Covid-19

SEND Gateway


On this page you will find information to help you develop your

practice with children and young people in the four broad areas of need



Great online games which can be accessed through alternative

methods (switch, eyegaze etc)

Sensory Spectacle


The Sensory Spectacle are doing twice weekly sensory makes

at 2pm on Mondays and Thursdays live on their facebook page

Sensory World


Sensory World is a brand new website; a virtual, interactive house

filled with activities designed to stimulate learning and promote choice

SEN Teacher


SEN Teacher allow you to create, adapt and share teaching

resources for a wide-range of abilities

Sheppard Software


An American website that offers free learning games for

children broken into subject areas

Shiny Learning


An independent, family business that has educational, motivational,

fun software designed to include learners with special needs.

Free home account if your school subscribes.



Smartbox create assistive technology solutions that help people

with disabilities to communicate and be independent.


Sound About


The charity Soundabout works to empower people with severe

and profound learning disabilities through music and sound.

All are invited and welcome to be part of our Facebook live sessions



Free inclusive switch games and video tutorials

Special Effect


A charity that helps people with disabilities to enjoy

video games - can offer remote support

Storyline Online


Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors

reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations

Story Massage Programme


Have put together a FREE booklet of 36 different massage

stories to share with children and parents.

Email and she will send it to you.

Symbols For All


Downloadable PDF files with symbolised instructions to help

people with communication difficulties

Talking Mats


Easy Read version of WHO Social Distancing

recommendations - It is hard to make sense of the current

situation & we hope this can support people with

communication difficulties to understand and to share their feelings about it

Tar Heel Gameplay


Tar Heel Gameplay website offers you a way of creating

interactive, accessible games using any YouTube video.

This means you can use whichever video most motivates

your learner to teach them switch and touch screen access.

Tar Heel Reader


A collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books

on a wide range of topics.

TES Resources


Tes provides a range of primary and secondary school

teaching resources including lesson plans, worksheets

and student activities for all curriculum subjects

The Maths Factor


FREE for everyone to support childrens’ continued learning

at home for the duration of the UK Schools closure period. For ages 4-11

The Sensory Projects


Purchase over 30 sensory stories - there are also free

sensory stories on the free educational resources page

The Speech Express


18 activities for speech and language practice at home

*PDF supplied by Ian Bean*

Tobii Dynavox


To help educators, parents, and learners during this time of need,

the Tobii Dynavox team has gathered their resources and

created Coronavirus materials within them.

Virtual Tours


Take a look at just some of Google’s top museums that are

offering online tours and exhibits



Website running free resources for schools, enter code UKTWINKLHELPS

UCL Centre for Inclusive Education


Have launched a facebook page with resources, ideas

and information to support parents homeschooling children

with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Windows - Accessibility


Information on accessibility of Windows Devices

YouTube Learning


Check out these learning channels offering videos, tutorials

and activities appropriate for all different ages and areas of interest


Page updated by cfrancis 15/12/20