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National Sources of Information and Support
National Autistic Society (NAS) Website: www.nas.org.uk
The NAS are happy to be contacted by families pre-diagnosis, and are a great source of information and support. The website has lots of useful information, factsheets, a bookshop and even online seminars that you can watch.
Autism Helpline 0808 800 4104 10am-4pm, Mon-Fr (excl. bank holidays)
Contact a Family Website: www.cafamily.org.uk
This is a national charity that exists to support the families of disabled children, whatever their condition or disability. They offer support, information and advice.
Free helpline: 0808 808 3555
Family Fund Website: www.familyfund.org.uk
Family fund provides grants to families on low incomes who have children with additional needs.
Tel: 01904 621115
Cerebra Website: www.cerebra.org.uk
Cerebra is a national charity for children with neurological conditions, including autism. They offer a wide range of support to families including grants, and have a free lending library of books, toys and sensory equipment.
Tel: 0800 328 1159
Caudwell Children Website: www.caudwellchildren.com
This charity provides family support services, equipment and therapies for diabled children, and will also provide grants for training courses.
Tel: 0845 300 1348 Family Support Tel: 01782 600 869
I Can Website: www.ican.org.uk
"I CAN is the children’s communication charity. We are experts in helping children develop the speech, language and communication skills they need to thrive in a 21st century world. Our vision is a world where all children have the communication skills they need to fulfil their potential.Our mission is that no child should be left out or left behind because of a difficulty speaking or understanding."
Talking Point Website: www.talkingpoint.org.uk
"Talking Point is about speech, language and communication difficulties in children. We have a range of information and resources for parents and carers of children and also for professionals."
AFASIC Website: www.afasic.org.uk
Afasic supports parents and represents children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).
Special Kids in the UK Website: www.specialkidsintheuk.org
Online support group, and source of information and resources, for parents of disabled kids with special needs.