Special Edition Cakes

The Allergy Brothers’ Special Edition Cakes are designed by some very special people indeed.  We work with young, disabled people, who are not in education, training or work, but would like to be.  These young people are the forgotten children of our society.  We want them to be noticed by working together to design cakes that symbolise them.  We also want to offer them meaningful, work-based training.


Did you know that…

  • In 2017, 4050 children with Specific Educational Needs (SEN) had NO school place.
  • 70% of children with Pathological Demand Avoidance (a sub-type of autism) are not in school (Ref. 1).
  • Children with Specific Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are 6 times more likely to be excluded from school (Ref. 2).


Are you a young person (up to 25 years) with SEN and you are not in education, training or employment, but you would like to be?

You have a right to education (Ref. 3).  We want more people to know that so many young people with SEND are having their right to an education taken away.  We want them to know about you!  By designing a cake that symbolises you, the people who buy our cakes, visit our website and look at our social media will know about you.  You have many skills and this is an opportunity for you to show what you can do.

Are you the parent/guardian of a young person with SEN, who is not attending school and you are not home educating through choice? 

The Allergy Brothers will soon be running a programme to work with young people (up to 25 years) in their homes or favourite places, such as a library or cafe.  The programme will be individualised to your young person’s needs.  Working together, we will design a new cake that symbolises an aspect of them.  Then, depending on their interests and abilities, they can design advertising and packaging for their product.  They might even want to attend a market with us and help sell their cake.  Finally, we will write a letter thanking them for their help and listing all the skills they demonstrated.

If you would like to help families and young people, who are fighting for their right to an education, then follow this link to donate to the charity Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA), who offer free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). They also provide training on the SEND legal framework to parents and carers, professionals and other organisations.

Ref. 1 – PDA Society report “Being Misunderstood”, March 2018
Ref. 2 – Department for Education “Permanent and fixed-period exclusions in England: 2016-2017”, August 2018
Ref. 3 – Human Rights Act, 1998, Protocol 1, Article 2