The Local Offer in Partnership
The Local Offer is a subscription-based membership service for providers of education, health and social care.
Members of this digital-first operation are the life blood of this social enterprise and it is thanks to their vision, originality and foresight that The Local Offer can now offer increased service choice for parents, carers, schools and local authority commissioners.
Also significant are those organisations who may not offer services directly on behalf of children and young people with SEND but are nevertheless, significant influencers of service development, design or delivery. Others, like Linguisticator, may be branching out into services to support children and young people with a range of SEN or disability.
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From the first of September 2014, every Local Authority in England is obliged to publish information about services available to children and young people with special educational needs – the SEND “Local Offer.”
We have written before about research we conducted into how Local Authorities are planning to use digital – and in particular mobile - to publish the Local Offer. Working with Local Authorities and parent partnerships has convinced us further of the potential to use mobile not just as an information discovery channel, but also as an engagement and educational tool for children with SEND. In particular, we see enormous potential in the use of augmented reality, for example, to help children to explore and choose new leisure activities.
We are now delighted to announce a partnership with The Local Offer, an organisation with a wealth of experience in SEND. The Local Offer will complement the technical expertise of Scramboo with in-depth sectoral knowledge and skills.
Texthelp’s product, BrowseAloud extends the government’s digital-by-default agenda to an additional 20% of the population by removing the barriers faced when interacting online. These barriers include language difficulties and print disabilities such as dyslexia, mild visual impairments, cognitive disorders and where English is not the native language (a growing proportion of the UK population).
Over 7,000 websites are using BrowseAloud to ensure the hardest to reach citizens are not left behind during the government’s digital revolution. BrowseAloud reduces the cost of citizen interaction and allows citizens and government staff alike to be more productive. It promotes social inclusion and personal empowerment within the community; putting the citizen’s needs first.