Autism / Aspergers
Agencies providing advice, support and information
ADDISS – The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information & Support Service 020 8952 2800 www.addiss.co.uk people friendly information and resources to anyone who needs assistance.
Advisory Centre for Education
AFASIC: 08453 555577, www.afasic.org.uk - A parent-led organisation to help children and young people with speech and language impairments and their families including a helpline, publications, support groups, online message boards.
Ambitious About Autism 020 8815 5444 www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk – national charity for children and young people with autism, provide services including online community and specialist education through the Treehouse School.
Autism Anglia: 01206 577678, www.autism-anglia.org.uk - Based in Colchester offers advice and support and direction to families across Essex who are affected by autism. Website includes information about autism and also information about the Autism Alert Card free to anyone with autism which helps the police and emergency services quickly identify they are dealing with someone with autism.
Contact a Family Helpline:
IPSEA: 0800 018 4016, www.ipsea.org.uk - Registered charity offering free and independent advice to parents of children with special educational needs on local authorities legal duties to assess and provide for children with special educational needs, actions or inaction by local authorities and schools which discriminate against children with disabilities, exclusion of children with special need.
National Autistic Society: 0808 800 4104 , www.autism.org.uk - Information on Autism and Aspergers including support groups, respite services, diagnosis, therapeutic approaches etc.
Parents for Inclusion: 0800 652 3145, www.parentsforinclusion.org - Helpline offering advice, listening, referrals for families trying to achieve mainstream education for their disabled children.
SAFE (Supporting Asperger Families in Essex): www.aspergers.org.uk - Parent support groups which meet in the Colchester, Chelmsford, Basildon and Southend areas on a regular basis.
SNAP (Special Needs and Parents): 01277 211300, www.snapcharity.org - registered charity that helps Essex families who have children with special needs and disabilities. Aim to encourage and support parents so that they can grow in strength and knowledge and become better equipped to give positive help to their children