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Special Needs Jungle

Our Vision 

Children and young people achieve better outcomes because their parents will have been able to successfully navigate the SEND system. Additionally, those working with such children can access good quality information and improve their ability and communication skills when working with families

Our Mission

Special Needs Jungle creates easy to understand resources, articles and information for parents and carers of children with special needs, disabilities and health conditions to better enable them to navigate the special needs system.

We aim to inform, educate and empower families to self-advocate confidently, so their children get the help they need to live the best life they can.

A bit more about us

Many families do not get the help they need because they do not know where to look or how to cut their way through the increasingly complicated system. We aim to highlight resources and inspire and empower families to do this successfully by providing resources, tips, facts and examples.

We decided to become a not-for-profit organisation in 2014 because we wanted to be able to raise funds to expand on activities providing resources, training and information for parents and carers of children and young people with special needs and disabilities.

We know from experience that our work has a positive impact. However, we realised that without finding sources of funding it would be impossible for us to continue to provide the same high-quality information indefinitely, without financial support.

SNJ's Co-Directors are Tania Tirraoro and Renata Blower. Everyone who writes for SNJ are parents of, or work with, children with special needs and/or disabilities.

Special Needs Jungle has collaborated with the Department for Education to develop a set of easy-to-understand flowcharts detailing how the new special educational needs system works. Designed by SNJ founder, Tania Tirraoro, they are now used by local authorities, schools and parents alike. They are also in the official SEND information packs. They are free to download, reproduce and use provided the attribution logos remain intact.

SNJ is a member of the Disabled Children’s Partnership, Genetic Alliance UK and the Council for Disabled Children. SNJ is also a member of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.

Who to contact


Please contact us using the form on our contact us webpage