Amaze works with parents and carers of children and young people with any special need or disability, aged 0-19 years. Amaze offers one point of access to information, advice and support on issues relating to education, social care, leisure, money matters and health care.
How Amaze can help
Telephone helpline - (01273) 772289
The helpline offers advice and support to parents and professionals about any issue relating to children with special needs. It is open Monday to Thursday 9.30am- 12 noon, Tues 12 noon to 5pm (term-time only), Thurs eve 5.30pm to 8.00pm
Help with education issues
The Amaze IPS Project provides support for parents in understanding SEN processes (special educational needs processes) and working with schools and the local education authority to get the right help for their child.
Help with Disability Living Allowance (DLA) applications
Amaze’s Disability Living Allowance (DLA) Project provides support for parent carers who are applying or re-applying for DLA for their child.
The Compass and the Compass Card
Amaze manages The Compass (Brighton & Hove’s ‘disability register’ of children with significant special needs between the ages of 0 and 19) on behalf of Brighton & Hove City Council. Each child on The Compass is given a free leisure incentive card called the Compass Card. The card provides discounts and special offers on leisure across the city. You can find more details on the Amaze Brighton Compass Card section. Amaze welcomes enquiries from professionals about the data we keep. We can provide information on the numbers of children on The Compass for example, numbers with particular conditions, or proportions living in a certain area. We can also provide more detailed analyses on request.
Amaze produces handbooks, fact sheets and a newsletter that are designed to give parent carers the information they need, when they need it. You can find more information about this on the Amaze Brighton Publications section.
Courses and training
Amaze courses are designed to provide parents with practical ideas and strategies for working with and supporting children and young people with special needs. Amaze Research and Training (ART) also offer nationally renowned training and courses for professionals who work with families with disabled children.
Planning for adulthood
Amaze provides support for parents of teens through our Transition Project – including information session, parent get-togethers and direct support
Amaze works to influence the planning and development of services for children and young people with special needs.
The Parent Carers’ Council (PaCC)
Amaze supports the PaCC, a city-wide group of local parent carers that provides a voice for parents of children with special needs and works to improve local services. All parent carers are welcome to join the PaCC.