IPSEA was established as a voluntary organisation in 1983 and registered as a charity (number 327691) in 1989.
Originally IPSEA was a small organisation of special educational needs professionals (mainly educational psychologists). Over the last 20 years, IPSEA has evolved into a national charity providing free legally based advice. IPSEA leads the field in the provision of free special education needs / disability advice and campaigning.
From a small group of professionals, IPSEA now has approximately 150 volunteers and 5 part time staff members.
IPSEA is now a parent-led organisation with the majority of our volunteers, members and Trustees being parents/carers of children with special educational needs.