Specialist support

Henshaws Disability Support Services is an in-house team of therapists, assistive technologists and visual impairment specialists. We are experienced in working with young people with a range of disabilities.

Our team will support you to grow in confidence and independence to get the most out of your time at College.

Personalised therapies and support

Following a multi-disciplinary team assessment, we will develop an individual programme to help you access the curriculum.

The specialist support services we offer include:

  • Assistive technology
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Therapeutic trampolining
  • Visual impairment support.

You can contact our Disability Support Services team by calling 01423 886451 or emailing alison.storr@henshaws.org.uk

disability support services hydrotherapy session


Our flexible physiotherapy and hydrotherapy programmes will help you to improve your flexibility, stamina, co-ordination, body
awareness and health & well-being. Through our therapeutic trampolining programme, you will improve your core strength and balance.

Occupational therapy

Our occupational therapy team will help you to learn new skills for everyday living through adapting your environment, providing specialist equipment and task modification. We will work with you to find solutions to maximise your independence and improve your quality of life.

Speech and language therapy

We will support you to learn how to communicate your individual needs, which will build your confidence and help you to make effective independent choices. We can also teach you to use a specialist communication aid or learn a new system such as Makaton.

Visual impairment support

Our specialist rehabilitation officers can support you to make the most of your vision. Learn key communication skills such as Braille and Moon, and develop specialist mobility skills to become a safer and more confident traveller.

I help students to understand what is possible and support them to develop a more positive body image. For example, I’ll reassure them ‘your legs can do this, we can improve your balance so you can use the trampoline, or work on your strength so you can walk more safely.’ It’s about re-opening doors that our students originally thought were closed to them."

Lee Dart, Physiotherapist

Assistive technology

We are a a sector-leading Centre for IT, recognised by Ofsted and Natspec (the Association of National Specialist Colleges) for our outstanding work with assistive technologies.

You will have your own assessment to find out the most appropriate method for you to access technology. We’ll then support you to learn those skills to use within College sessions and to transfer them beyond into adult life.

Our assistive technology team are actively developing innovative resources to support you to become more independent through technology.

Visit our ACCESS: Technology site

We created a collection of free resources which allows learners with disabilities and additional support needs independent, safe use of mainstream technologies.

ACCESS: Technology includes an image and video search, independent feedback tool, text-to-speech player and access to personal email accounts. This free software is being used by specialist schools and colleges across the world and you can also access it at home by following the link above."

Mike Thrussell, Assistive Technology Co-ordinator

We also offer therapy services for people of all ages with a range of disabilities, both in the community and at our purpose built facilities in Harrogate.

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