Autism and Asperger syndrome are both part of a range of related developmental disorders known as autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). Get help and information from NHS Choices with links to external websites.
We are the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger Syndrome) and their families. We provide information, support and pioneering services and campaign for a better world for people with autism.
Ambitious about Autism is a national charity dedicated to improving opportunities for people with autism. Originally established in 1997 as the TreeHouse Trust, the charity was founded by a group of parents whose children had been diagnosed with severe autism. Ambitious about Autism works to improve the services available for children and young people with autism and increase awareness and understanding of the condition. We’re also committed to campaigning for change to ensure the needs of people with autism are met.
We're all about changing society for the better, so that disabled people and their families can have the same opportunities as everyone else. We work with disabled people and their families. We offer practical support – from information services to education and everyday care. We challenge assumptions about disability, we influence decision makers and we show what can be possible.
Everything we do is about creating real and lasting positive change in individual lives and in the world around us. We believe that together we can create a better society.
Families who have children and young people with special needs very often deal with similar life styles. We have all had concerns ranging from education, access to services, respite and other issues directly related to their children's special needs. Parents of disabled children bring families together for friendship, to share information and to support one another. The forum was created by parents who have children with special needs and is run by parents so we are all in this together. With us you will realise you are not alone
As a leading autism charity we exist to ensure people with autism can live their lives with dignity, choice and independence. NORSACA was started on the initiative of a group of parents in 1968. Today we are still led by the parents and friends of people with autism. Autism is a complex, life-long disability which affects the development of communication, social and life skills. Our well trained and passionate staff offer a wide range of services to help individuals to live their lives the way they want.
Helpline offering advice on special educational needs. We offer a comprehensive range of advice and information on education issues. Our information is based on current education law and guidance and covers state funded education for children aged 5-16 years in England only.
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 needs.
Parent Partnership Services (PPS) offer advice and support to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs. They are statutory services which means there has to be one in every local authority. They are free, impartial and confidential services. They run a confidential helpline, offer support in preparing for and attending meetings, help in filling in forms and writing letters/reports, as well as supporting parents/carers in resolving disagreements with school and the LEA and signposting to other statutory and voluntary services.
Helpline providing information and advice to anyone with concerns about the mental health or emotional wellbeing of a child or young person. Information about a range of mental health issues and details of local and national advice services.
Part of the NHS Choices website. It provides a gateway to comprehensive sources of information for carers. The site has been developed in conjunction with the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, Carers UK, Crossroads, and Young Carers Net. It contains information about benefits, links to national and local support organisations, and a directory of services. (9am to 8pm, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays) (11am to 4pm at weekends) You can ask for a call back in one of more than 170 languages.
Crossroads Care and The Princess Royal Trust for Carers merged in April 2012 to form the Carers Trust. It works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. And they provide access to desperately needed breaks, information and advice, education, training and employment opportunities.