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SPECIAL NEEDS

• The language of instruction is Dutch, but children from a non-Dutch background can sometimes be taught in their mother tongue to help them settle in. • You will find Special Educational Needs (SEN) teachers at international schools where the language of instruction will be English, but you may have to fund the assistant. • The school of their choice – special or mainstream – will receive funding to cater for their needs, and the school will arrange assistance as required. • For higher education, ‘education and disability’ visit (www.onderwijsenhandicap.nl). FUNDING • There is also financial support for individual families, such as additional child benefit, healthcare and carer allowances, and adaptations to home or transport. • Search the government welfare site www.svb.nl to see if you qualify for a carer’s allowance (TOG) or a personal budget (PGB) to cover support costs.

ASSISTANCE ORGANISATIONS (LINKS MOSTLY IN DUTCH) • ANGO: General Dutch Disability Organisation +31 (0)33 465 4343 | www.ango.nl • MEE: Support and help for living with a disability +31 (0)900 999 88 88 | www.mee.nl • Ieder(in): Network for the chronically ill and disabled +31 (0)30 720 0000 | www.iederin.nl • Accessibility Foundation: Accessible internet for all +31 (0)30 239 82 70 | www.accessibility.nl • Valys: Regional assisted transport +31 (0)900 9630 | www.valys.nl • Handilinks: A useful portal with lots of related links www.handilinks.nl • Dutch Autism Network: www.landelijknetwerkautisme.nl • Down Syndrome Foundation (SDS): www.downsyndroom.nl • Deaf/blind support: www.doofblind.nl • Children/teenagers support: www.nsgk.nl

GOING OUT AND HOLIDAYS • A combination of wheelchair accessible activities and accommodation can be found at www. accessibletravelnl.com, and restaurants from several sites (for example, www.dinnersite.nl). • Good sources for sporty types include Stichting Resa (www.stichtingresa.nl) or www.fondsgehandicaptensport.nl. • Amsterdam has a dedicated site detailing accessible buildings: www.toegankelijkamsterdam.nl. • Some campsites such as De Ruimte (www.campingderuimte.nl) cater especially for children with special needs. • Find out about accessible nature reserves and recreation areas at Staatsbosbeheer (www.staatsbosbeheer.nl). • For farther travels, organised group trips are available at www.gehandicaptenreizen.nl. • Accessible Travel Netherlands (www.accessibletravelnl.com) is a local tour operator specialising in holidays for anyone with special access needs.

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