Useful Links

We've searched high and low to gather lots of useful links for you; to give you more information, help or advice on everything from Autism to Visual Impairment. If you know of a helpful site that we've missed, please let us know.

Aukids Magazine

AuKids magazine is a positive parenting magazine aimed at parents of young children with an autism spectrum condition. The quarterly 12-page glossy is the brainchild of speech and language therapist, Tori Houghton, and journalist Debby Elley, who has young twins with autism.

The focus is on practical, upbeat advice and information from expert sources. It's designed to be an easy, colourful - and humorous! - 'coffee table' read. AuKids started out as a Manchester and Cheshire initiative but has been successful enough to branch out and cover the rest of the UK.

You can subscribe to AuKids either through the website at www.aukids.co.uk or by post to AuKids magazine, PO Box 259, Cheadle, Cheshire SK8 9BE. Enclose a £10 cheque payable to AuKids with your name and address written on the reverse.

Click here to view the Winter 2010 Issue Front Cover in PDF Format


A-Z to Deafblindness

My name is James Gallagher and I am deafblind myself. This site is here to try and offer some help to Blind or deaf people, and especially deafblind people, and those who provide specialised services for those who are deafblind. A-Z to Deafblindness is also here, to make people more aware about deafblindness.

Website: www.deafblind.com


AbilityNet

AbilityNet helps disabled adults and children use computers and the internet by adapting and adjusting their ICT. In 2005 we supported 490,000 people of all ages. Whatever the disability or problem, everyone can stay in touch and enjoy life more with ICT.

Website: www.abilitynet.org.uk


AFASIC

Across the UK the lives of over 1 million children and young adults are affected by the hidden disability of speech, language and communication impairments. Afasic is the UK charity, established in 1968, to help these children and young people, their families and the professionals working with them. Afasic is a recognised training provider and we offer a range of services that include a helpline, publications, support groups, and membership.

Website: www.afasic.org.uk


Askability

The Askability website was inspired by The Children's Society Solihull branch, after watching children at their project misunderstand the news about the war in Iraq. They decided that there was a need for a website which was presented entirely in symbol to enable children with learning disabilities to become informed about ongoing current affairs and also create a central forum for children to express their views and opinions.

Website: www.askability.org.uk


Assoc. of Workers for Children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

SEBDA is a charitable organisation that exists to promote excellence in services for children and young people who have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. SEBDA provides valuable support to professionals working in our field. SEBDA is multi-professional. Its membership of over 900 includes teachers, education officers, behaviour support workers, psychologists, residential and other social workers, CAMHS and youth workers. They work in a wide range of mainstream and specialist settings, including PRUs and support bases.

Website: www.sebda.org


Attention Deficit Disorder (Hyperactivity)

Our objective is to promote awareness to AD/HD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) and to provide information and as much free practical help as we can to affected by the condition, both adults and children, their families in the UK and around the World via this website.

Website: www.adders.org


Autism Support Group for Bromsgrove and Redditch Area

The Autism Support Group for Bromsgrove and Redditch Area provide helpful advise and support to families on the ASD spectrum. We arrange fun activities for the children, and hold monthly meetings to help the parents and carers.

Website: www.autismsupportgroup.co.uk


British Deaf Association

The BDA is the largest Deaf organisation in the UK that is run by Deaf people. We represent the Sign Language community, which is united by shared experiences, history and, most importantly, by British Sign Language (BSL)The BDA wants to see a society where Sign Language users have the same rights, responsibilities, opportunities and quality of life as everyone else. BSL was recognised as an official British language on 18th March 2003, but it still does not have any legal protection. This means that Deaf Sign Language users do not have full access to vital information and services, including education, health and employment. We want to see an end to this. So, the BDA is campaigning for the legislation of BSL. We are also working to gain the right for all Deaf children to receive bilingual education, using BSL and English, and the right to quality and choice in education.

Website: www.bda.org.uk


British Dyslexia Association

Our vision is of a dyslexia friendly society that will enable all dyslexic people to reach their potential. The BDA is the voice of dyslexic people. We aim to influence government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia friendly society. The BDA promotes early identification and support in schools to ensure opportunity to learn for dyslexic learners. We want to represent the needs of dyslexic people on leaving school, in higher education and in work.

Website: www.bdadyslexia.org.uk


CALL Scotland

CALL Scotland (Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning) provides specialist expertise in technology for children who have speech, communication and/or writing difficulties, in schools across Scotland. In this website you will find information, guidance and resources on how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can make a major impact on the education of children and people with disabilities or special educational and communication needs.

Website: www.callscotland.org.uk


Capability Scotland

Capability Scotland is Scotland's leading disability organisation. We provide a range of flexible services which support disabled people of all ages in their everyday lives. We are committed to creating a just and fair Scotland and we work with disabled people, their families and carers to influence policy legislation, practice and attitudes.

Website: http://www.capability-scotland.org.uk/


Centre for Studies in Inclusive Education

CSIE is the Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education. It is an independent centre working in the UK and overseas to promote inclusion and end segregation. It is funded by donations from trusts, foundations and grants. It gives information about inclusive education and related issues.

Website: www.csie.org.uk/


Children's Society

The Children's Society has worked tirelessly with and for children and young people since 1881. We cannot help every child in need so we provide vital help and understanding for those children who face the greatest danger, discrimination or disadvantage in their daily lives; children who are unable to find the help and support they need anywhere else.

Website: www.childrenssociety.org.uk


CLIMB (Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Disease)

Our aim is to ensure the best possible quality of life for children, young people and families affected by metabolic disease and alleviate their suffering with the ultimate aim of prevention and cure. We do this by: funding research and facilitating medical treatment; providing information, advice and support for families and professionals; supporting families through grants to help meet equipment and other costs; educating professionals and others about this group of diseases.

Website: www.climb.org.uk


College of Optometrists

The mission of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development is to facilitate the awareness that vision involves more than eyesight and to expand the number of certified providers who deliver developmental vision care and vision therapy.

Website: www.covd.org


Contact a Family

Contact a Family provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children, no matter what their condition or disability. Contact a Family became a registered charity in 1979 and we have over 30 years of experience of working with families with disabled children.

Website: www.cafamily.org.uk


Council for Disabled Children

NCB is a charitable organisation that acts as an umbrella body for organisations working with children and young people in England & Northern Ireland. Through working in partnership, sharing knowledge, resources and services we have created a powerful, authoritative and influential voice to improve the lives of children and young people.

Website: www.ncb.org.uk


Deafblind International

Deafblind International (DbI) is the world association promoting services for deafblind people. DbI brings together professionals, researchers, families, deafblind people and administrators to raise awareness of deafblindness. Central to our work is to support the development of services to enable a good quality of life for deafblind children and adults of all ages.

Website: www.deafblindinternational.org


Disability Rights Commission

At the Disability Rights Commission we have one key goal: "A society where all disabled people can participate fully as equal citizens". 10 million people in Britain have rights under the Disability Discrimination Act. Disability covers people of all ages with heart disease, diabetes, severe disfigurement, depression, schizophrenia, dyslexia, epilepsy, Downs syndrome and many other types of impairment. The DRC works with disabled people, employers and service providers to find practical solutions for everyone. Many disabled people still don't know that they are entitled to rights and assistance in their daily lives. And employers and service providers often aren't sure how to help. The DRC is here to advise.

Website: www.drc-gb.org


Disability Solutions (e-magazine)

Disability Solutions is the free publication of Creating Solutions, a project of The San Francisco Foundation Community Initiative Funds, our fiscal sponsor. The mission of the publication, Disability Solutions, is: "To provide in a widely accessible manner, free of charge, information that is useful, sensitive, and current to everyone concerned with developmental disabilities: parents, families, self-advocates, and professionals." Our goal is to bring current research, medical information, educational strategies, and practical suggestions to our readers in language that is easily understood. Hopefully, information presented in articles will be "ready to use" or require few adaptations to be useful immediately.

Website: www.disabilitysolutions.org


Down's Syndrome Association

We provide information and support for people with Down's syndrome, their families and carers, as well as being a resource for interested professionals. We strive to improve knowledge of the condition. We champion the rights of people with Down's syndrome.

Website: www.dsa-uk.com


Down's Heart Group

Parent friendly support and information relating to heart conditions associated with Down's Syndrome.

Website: www.dhg.org.uk


Dyspraxia Foundation

The objectives of the foundation are: To support individuals and families affected by dyspraxia; to promote better diagnostic and treatment facilities for those who have dyspraxia; to help professionals in health and education to assist those with Dyspraxia; to promote awareness and understanding of dyspraxia.

Website: www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk


Family Fund Trust

The Family Fund champions an inclusive society where families with disabled children have choices and the opportunity to enjoy family life. The Family Fund is a registered charity covering the whole of the UK and is funded by the national governments of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The Family Fund provides timely grants to families with severely disabled children, based on families' views and needs.

Website: www.familyfundtrust.org.uk


Family Village

The Family Village is a web site for children and adults with disabilities, their families, and their friends and allies. Family Village brings together thousands of online resources in a organized, easy-to-use directory.  The centerpiece of Family Village is the library, where visitors can find information on over 300 diagnosis.  Visitors can also learn about assistive technology, legal rights and legislation, special education, leisure activities and much more.

Website: www.familyvillage.wisc.edu


Foundation for Conductive Education

The Foundation for Conductive Education (FCE) is a national charity with an international reach, established in 1986 "to develop and advance the science and skill of CE .. especially the teaching thereof .." To further that aim, the National Institute of Conductive Education (NICE) was created by FCE in 1995 as a centre of excellence for the development of CE. NICE provides services for children and adults with motor disorders, trains students to become conductors, offers a range of courses for non-CE professionals and houses the National Library of Conductive Education as a focus of research and development.

website: www.conductive-education.org.uk


Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Today, The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association is the world's largest breeder and trainer of working dogs. Thanks to the work of dedicated staff and volunteers, some 21,000 blind and partially-sighted people have experienced the independence that a guide dog can bring. The Association is changing to meet the needs of more people and bring independence and mobility to more visually-impaired people than ever before.

Website: www.gdba.org.uk


I Can

I CanI CAN works to support the development of speech, language and communication skills in all children with a special focus on those who find this hard: children with a communication disability.

Website: http://www.ican.org.uk/


Integrated Treatment Services

It is the aim of Integrated Treatment Services to provide an exceptional standard of service to meet the speech and language therapy needs of children and adolescents.

Website: www.integratedtreatments.co.uk


Indigo Kids

Indigo Kids is a support group for children with autism, their parents/carers and siblings. We provide activities throughout the year that aims to include the whole family. From our premises at The ARC on Annesley Road in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire we run a regular coffee morning for parents and put on training events to professionals and parents covering subjects such as autism awareness, confidence and assertiveness, mentoring, plus many others. For our children we run a weekly youth/kids club and much much more! We work in conjunction with many other agencies and have lots of information and leaflets. We can also signpost visitors to other agencies that can offer appropriate support for their needs.

Website: www.indigokids.org.uk


LOOK - National Federation of Families with Visually Impaired Children

We offer practical advice and emotional support. We have information about your child's condition. We can put you in touch with other families with similar problems We can give you help with sorting out welfare benefits. We will show you how to find toys and games that are right for your child. We can tell you about courses open to visually impaired children. We can help with statementing. We organise events where parents can get together and have regional groups. We have a technology support service, providing information on issues involving assistive and adaptive technology in education and at home. We have a newsletter keeping you up to date with our members. We have a youth project for 9-18 year olds. WE ARE HERE BECAUSE WE DON'T BELIEVE THAT ANYONE NEED GO THROUGH THIS ON THEIR OWN.

Website: www.look-uk.org


Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation exists to help people survive, recover from and prevent mental health problems. We are keen to tackle difficult issues and try different approaches, many of them led by service users themselves. We use our findings to provide high quality information, publications, training materials and online services for statutory, voluntary and community organisations, and for the general public. We also work to influence policy development, including Government at the highest levels. We use our knowledge to raise awareness and to help tackle stigma attached to mental illness and learning disabilities. We reach millions of people every year through our media work, information and online services. The Mental Health Foundation incorporates the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities.

Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk


Mindroom - Learning without boundaries

Mindroom's goal is to create such awareness that, by the year 2020, all children and adults in this country with learning difficulties will receive the recognition and help they need. We will achieve this by:

  • Offering direct help and support
  • Arranging high profile conferences
  • Setting up multi-disciplinary diagnostic centres
  • Setting up specialist schools

Website: www.mindroom.org


National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society exists to champion the rights and interests of all people with autism and to ensure that they and their families receive quality services appropriate to their needs. The website includes information about autism and Asperger syndrome, the NAS and its services and activities.

Website: www.nas.org.uk


National Blind children's Society

The National Blind Children's Society's objective is to enable blind and partially sighted children and young people to achieve their educational and recreational goals. Our vision is a world where children with a visual impairment have an equal opportunity to the provision of education, which is adequately supported with sources of information provided in a suitable format for their needs and where there are no barriers to sports and recreational activities. We offer help and support from the moment a child is diagnosed, usually at birth, through each key stage of their education to the age of twenty-five.

Website: www.nbcs.org.uk


National Deaf Children's Society

NDCS is democratically organised and managed by an elected Management Committee. It remains, to this day, an organisation of families, parents and carers, providing emotional and practical support through a unique Freephone helpline and a network of trained Regional Officers, Family Support Workers and Family Officers.

Website: www.ndcs.org.uk


National Handwriting Association

The National Handwriting Association, a multi-disciplinary charity, is dedicated to the promotion of good practice in handwriting teaching for all children, including those with special needs. We organise INSETS at individual schools and at teachers' centres etc, run an accredited course and we publish practical publications including an annual journal 'Handwriting Today'. Membership brings significant discounts on courses and publications and access to much information.

Website: www.nha-handwriting.org.uk


National Parent Partnership Network

The National Parent Partnership Network (NPPN) supports all parent partnership services across England. NPPN works under the aegis of the Council for Disabled Children and is funded by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES). Parent partnership services are statutory services that offer information, advice and support for parents of children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) they will also be able to put parents in touch with other local organisations. PPS's also have a role in making sure that parent's views are heard and understood and that these views inform local policy and practice.

Website: www.parentpartnership.org.uk


NetBuddy

Over 1,000 tips from people with first-hand experience of learning disability. Brushing teeth, challenging behaviour, bed-wetting, constipation ... there's a tip for that! Netbuddy is an award-winning site for swapping practical tips and information on all aspects of supporting people with learning disabilities.

Website: www.netbuddy.org.uk/


Network 81

Network 81 is a national network of parents working towards properly resourced inclusive education for children with special needs. Our aims are: To advance the education of children with special needs; to educate the parents of such children about all matters relating to the education of their children; to link up and support groups and individual parents of children with special educational needs; to raise awareness and publicise good practice in inclusive education; to encourage parents to take their rightful place in education policy-making; to promote parent-professional partnership.

Website: www.network81.org


NSPCC

The NSPCC exists to end cruelty to children. We want to see a society where all children are loved, valued and able to fulfil their potential. To do this, the NSPCC has four objectives, which are: To mobilise everyone to take action to end child cruelty; to give children the help, support and environment they need to stay safe from cruelty; to find ways of working with communities to keep children safe from cruelty; to be, and be seen as, someone to turn to for children and young people.

Website: www.nspcc.org.uk


Nurture Group Network

For over thirty years nurture groups have been demonstrating that with the right help children who present emotional and behavioural difficulties can be successfully included in mainstream school. Nurture groups provide a safe and nurturing learning environment where each child is valued, understood and has their emotional needs met appropriately. The Nurture Group Network is the national umbrella organisation for nurture groups and supports the work carried out in schools across the United Kingdom. There are now around 1,000 groups, not only in primary schools but at secondary level as well and many children, parents and teachers bear witness to the powerful impact that nurture groups have had on their lives.

Website: www.nurturegroups.org


Parents for Inclusion

Parents helping parents so that disabled children can learn, make friends and have a voice in ordinary school and throughout life. We are a national charity based in London.

Website: www.parentsforinclusion.org


PHAB

To promote and encourage people with and without physical disabilities to come together on equal terms, to achieve complete integration within the wider community and to make more of life together". Phab is a national Charity dedicated to promoting the integration of people with and without physical disabilities, at all levels of society.

Website: www.phabengland.org.uk


Rathbone Special Educational Needs

Rathbone is a charity working in Scotland, England and Wales. We give young people who are experiencing significant disadvantages the right opportunities to learn and to achieve. We do this through our 69 centres and projects.

Website: www.rathboneuk.org


Royal National Institute for the Blind

The UK's leading charity offering information, support and advice to over two million people with sight problems. Our pioneering work helps anyone with a sight problem - not just with braille and Talking Books, but with imaginative and practical solutions to everyday challenges. We fight for equal rights for people with sight problems. We fund pioneering research into preventing and treating eye disease. Our projects such as Talk and Support and Parents' Place make a difference to people's lives. We need your support to fund our vital work. As a charity we rely on your generosity.

Website: www.rnib.org.uk


Royal National Institute for the Deaf

RNID is the largest charity working to change the world for the UK's 9 million deaf and hard of hearing people. We do this with the help of our members, by campaigning and lobbying, raising awareness of deafness and hearing loss, providing services and through social, medical and technical research.

Website: www.rnid.org.uk


SANE

SANE has three objectives: To raise awareness and respect for people with mental illness and their families, improve education and training, and secure better services; to undertake research into the causes of serious mental illness through The Prince of Wales International Centre for SANE Research; to provide information and emotional support to those experiencing mental health problems, their families and carers through SANELINE.

Website: www.sane.org.uk


SCOPE

Welcome to Scope, the disability organisation in England and Wales whose focus is people with cerebral palsy. Our aim is that disabled people achieve equality: a society in which they are as valued and have the same human and civil rights as everyone else.

Website: www.scope.org.uk


SENSE

Sense has a worldwide reputation for its expertise in working with deafblind people. We also work with people with single sensory impairments and a wide range of other difficulties - including physical disabilities, learning disabilities, and challenging behaviour. Sense works with a wide age range, from babies who have just been diagnosed to older people. We also offer training and other services related to deafblindness.

Website: www.sense.org.uk


SMIRA - Selective Mutism Information and Research Association

SMIRA is a parent support group and a Registered Charity to support Selective Mutism. Find out more about Selective Mutism with publications, resource links and forums.

Website: http://www.selectivemutism.co.uk/


Talking Point- I Can helps children communicate

Talking Point- I Can helps children communicateIf you are a parent or family member of a child, in Parent Point you will find vital information on how to support your child's communication, or if your child has a communication disability, you will find out how you can support them. The professionals part of Talking Point, with information and resources can be found in Professional Point.

Website: www.talkingpoint.org.uk


Teaching Expertise

A site for teachers and other education professionals, Teaching Expertise is a place to come to get advice, share knowledge and ideas, look for jobs, buy resources for your school and, most of all, learn.

Website: www.teachingexpertise.com


The Local Therapy Company

The Local Therapy Company is an independent occupational therapy service for children, adolescents and young adults. We can offer input for your child at home or at school. Specialised reports for Statutory Assessment or Education Tribunals can be prepared once your child has been through our assessment process.

Website: www.thelocaltherapycompany.co.uk


Total Children's Therapy

TCT is a private therapy practice based at Meyrick Park, Bournemouth. It is run by paediatric chartered and state registered physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists. All the team are very experienced working with children who have a variety of needs.

Website: www.totalchildrenstherapy.com


Young Minds

YoungMinds is the national charity committed to improving the mental health of all children and young people. We hope you will find YoungMinds website useful. It has been designed to provide detailed information in a clear, concise and attractive way. The info centre gathers together all of YoungMinds information resources on key topics. In addition, all YoungMinds activities are comprehensively explained.

Website: www.youngminds.org.uk