SEND: learn about different disabilities

Learn about some of the different disabilities people can have and find resources to help you support employees and potential recruits with SEND.

Employers play a vital role in supporting young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND*) into work and preparing them for adulthood, including by offering supported internships.

There is also a great deal of support and advice on offer to employers to ensure they are able and prepared to do this in the best way, including by ensuring their recruitment practices are accessible and inclusive.

One focus is on disability awareness and etiquette, which involves educating people about different disabilities and how to engage with people with SEND in a way that allows them to carry out a specific task.

This is predicated on the simple philosophy: “Do not assume”. Do not assume that someone with SEND needs help or views their disability as a negative thing. In this way, we can challenge outdated social conventions rather than reinforce them.

“Disability awareness is the practice of knowing, acknowledging, and accepting individuals’ experiences as they relate to disability. Moving beyond your own level of comfort is key to a greater understanding.” - Disability Rights UK

* SEND is a term used if an individual has a special educational need and/or disability which means they need additional support.

Employing people with SEND: stats, stigma and support

How much do you know about different disabilities and conditions?

Learn more about some of the different disabilities people can have and find resources to help you support current and potential employees with SEND.

ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)


Cerebral palsy

Down's syndrome



Hearing impairment

Learning disabilities

Visual impairment

Other conditions





Want to know more?

For more information and support, contact the Workforce Skills Team at Buckinghamshire Business First: