Redbridge SERC

Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum


Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum (ACC) is a birth defect in which the structure that connects the two hemispheres of the brain (Corpus Callosum) is partially or completely absent.

'Agenesis' means absent. The Corpus Callosum is the largest fibre tract in the central nervous system.

ACC is a spectrum of disability ranging from some pupils who are mildly affected to pupils who have severe special needs.

Fact sheets

Training / Help

Contact the following services for help and support

  • Newbridge Outreach
  • Hatton Outreach
  • SERC
  • SALT
  • Roding Outreach
  • Joseph Clark


Screenshot for video: Agenesis Corpus Callosum film

Agenesis Corpus Callosum film

A two minute clip explaining the condition.

Screenshot for video: Corpus Callosum

Corpus Callosum

A short film explaining the role of the  Corpus Callosum

Screenshot for video: ACC awareness film

ACC awareness film

A positive film aimed to increase the awareness of ACC.

Lesson Resources

ACC Teaching Resources and further links

A long list of teaching resources and website links.


Agenesis Corpus Callosum

Agenesis Corpus Callosum

Brain image of Agenesis Corpus Callosum.
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the associated difficulties with ACC?
    • Visual impairment
    • Hypotonia
    • Poor motor coordination
    • Delays in motor milestones
    • Low perception of pain
    • Delayed toilet training
    • Early difficulties with chewing/ feeding/ swallowing
    • Seizures
    • Learning difficulties
    • Spasticity
    • Pupils with ACC can have difficulties with social interaction, and are sometimes misdiagnosed as having Autism.
  • What are the educational implications for students who have Agenesis Corpus Callosum?
    • General learning difficulties
    • Social skills group and friendship groups
    • Seek support for visual impairment from Joseph Clark Service
    • Seek support for hearing impairment from Roding Outreach Service
    • Identify individuals own learning style- strengths and weaknesses
    • Pre teach vocabulary and provide subject specific word banks
    • Support fine and gross motor needs with specific interventions
    • Support recording needs with ICT.
    • See web links for further ideas to support learning
  • What is the rate of occurance of ACC?

    There is currently some controversy over the statistics.

    In 2008 in the USA found that 1.8 per 10,000 babies were effected.

    The incidence of ACC effecting boys and girls is roughly equal, although the underlying cause may be different.

    Callosum abnormalities are more common in children who have learning and developmental difficulties.

Family Resources

Contact a family


A UK wide charity providing advice, information and support to parents of all disabled children. 

A collection of different holidays for children who have a physical/ learning disability or medical


A great link to a collection of opportunities for supportive holidays, grants and adapted accomodation.

This link has a range of different opportunites listed and who is eligable to apply.

Using this link will save you hours surfing the net.

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA)

0845 658 1082
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Links to local groups that provide horse riding opportunities for your child, from simply stroking a horse to having proper riding lessons.

Outreach Services

Newbridge Outreach Service

0208 503 8773
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Newbridge Outreach Service provides support to pupils with a range of learning, medical and physical difficulties.

  • physical disability
  • physical disability with associated learning/communication difficulties
  • dyspraxia and related specific learning difficulties
  • perceptual difficulties
  • fine and gross motor skill development
  • difficulties with handwriting and alternative forms of recording.

Support is provided by

  • providing assessments
  • setting targets for learning / writing individual programmes
  • modify curriculum content and delivery
  • identify and use specialist resources
  • helping to provide support and advice to parents
  • delivering INSET for all staff, other agencies and parents

Request for support should come from the school the pupil is attending or another Agency involved.

Occupational Therapy

020 8924 6111

The Occupational Therapy Team are now based at Redbridge Child Development Centre (0 -19yrs), previously known as The Kenwood Centre in Barkingside.


0208 503 8773
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Age range of pupils they support: 4- 19 yrs

Students they support:

  • SERC completes individual assessments for pupils who have complex needs or specific physical disability ( see SERC criteria form on home page)
  • SERC are happy to offer wider advice to support whole school SEN Inclusive ICT provision.
  • Training and support is free to all Redbridge Schools.

Range of support offered:

  • This centre based at Newbridge School, provides advice and support in the use of Information Technology with pupils who have special educational needs or a physical/ sensory disability.
  • S.E.R.C provides individual assessments of ICT needs of individual needs of pupils with SEN, in both mainstream and special schools.
  • Training for teachers and support staff who work with pupils with SEN.
  • Support and advice to parents/ carers of children who have SEN.

Address:                         S.E.R.C, Newbridge School, 258 Barley Lane, Ilford, Essex, IG38XS