LINKS TO USEFUL RESOURCES
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National Disability Charities:
Ambitious About Autism - a national charity whose ambition is to make the ordinary possible for more children and young people with autism.
Autism Independent UK - Seeks to increase awareness of autism and approaches for diagnosis and assessment.
ADHD Foundation - Awareness and understanding of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a condition characterised by inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsivity.
Afasic - Inclusion of children and young adults with speech and language impairments.
Brain Injury Hub - Information on acquired childhood brain injury.
British Dyslexia Association - provides support to dyslexic people.
British Institute for Brain Injured Children (BIBIC) - Support for families caring for disabled children.
British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) - Support for people with learning disabilities and family carers.
Cerebral Palsy supporting people who are affected by Cerebral Palsy
Child Autism UK - is an autism charity based in Ascot, Berkshire which provides information and support for parents of children with autism.
Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust - Funds research and provides clinical care and support for people with Cystic Fibrosis.
Down's Syndrome Association - Information and support for people with Down Syndrome and those who work with them.
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities - Works to influence government and local authority policies and services.
Mencap - The Voice of Learning Disability.
National Youth Advocacy Service - Information, advice, advocacy and legal representation to children and young people.
The National Autistic Society - Founded in 1962, are the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families. Their goal is to help transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people.
Scope- dedicated to equality for disabled people in society.
Local Disability Charities and Support Groups:
Autism Hampshire - Creating opportunities, challenging perceptions, enhancing choices and providing high quality services to meet the diverse needs of people on the autism spectrum.
Dynamite Portsmouth - help people in charge of making services for young people in Portsmouth to listen to the opinions of young people with disabilities.
Fareham Autism Support Network - helps families coping with autism in the Fareham area.
Pirates are Cooler Than Ninjas (PACTN) - is a drop in service for young people and adults in Portsmouth.
Portsmouth City Council - provides support for adults with a learning disability
Portsmouth Disability Forum (Frank Sorrell Centre) - A User-Led local non-political lobbying and campaigning group recognised by Portsmouth City Council and the Primary Care Trust among many others as a consultative User-Led disability group within Portsmouth.
Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association - committed to improving the lives of children and their families, in Portsmouth and South Hampshire, by providing friendship, support and an extensive range of educational services from birth
Portsmouth Local Offer - is a resource for children, young people and their families with a special educational need or disability in Portsmouth.
Portsmouth Parent Voice - offers support and advice to families with children with special needs
Portsmouth SENDIASS - The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Service for Portsmouth
Stand Up - A support group for parents & carers of special needs children. Set up & run by parents with SEN children. (Facebook page)
information, Support, Training and Education:
The Autism Directory - Find autism related resources in your local area and beyond.
Minstead Trust - provides training and support for people in Hampshire with learning disabilities to enable them to develop new skills, lead fulfilled lives and achieve greater independence.
My Cause UK - helps charities to provide staffing at festivals and thus improve their fundraising.
hi2u - an award winning site. Centred around ADHD, Asperger syndrome, dyslexia, and similar neurological differences along with any other type of hidden impairment.
Cerebra - Cerebra has an extensive postal lending library which contains many books on autistic spectrum disorders.
Dr. Tony Attwood - a site with lots of information about Asperger syndrome.
Transition to Adulthood: Home Re-modeling for Young Adults with Special Needs - A US-based site with some generic thinking about house design for families with special needs requirements. Note some resources point to US-centric agencies that may not be relevant to the UK.
Counselling Directory - The purpose of the site is ultimately to provide the UK with a huge counselling support network, enabling those in distress to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs.
FOXP1 Syndrome- a report on research by the The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment, New York on a genetic cause for autistic-like behaviours.