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This blog post explores the concepts of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and intersectionality, and highlights the importance of having an awareness of how these are linked. I will explain how important it is to perceive SEND relating to intersections between the multiple identities of an individual.

Special educational needs and disabilities or SEND is a term referred to in education, health and care contexts, and is defined by the National Health Service as: ‘A child or young person has special educational needs and disabilities if they have a learning difficulty and/or a disability that means they need special health and education support.’ SEND relates to the special needs of an individual met by different professionals (from education, health or care contexts) who sometimes use specific resources and equipment and adjustments made to meet the individual’s needs.

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