Useful Links

Organisations

Ambitious About Autism - national charity for children and young people with autism
https://www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk

Cerebra – charity which supports families with children with brain conditions.
http://www.cerebra.org.uk/

The Children’s Trust - offer both residential and community-based rehabilitation services for children and young people with a brain injury.
https://www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/

The Communication Trust, Early years - resources and information to help support work in the Early Years, including around children's communication development and how to identify and support children with speech, language and communication needs.http://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/earlyyears/

Contact – for families with disabled children. A charity supporting families by offering advice, guidance and information.
https://contact.org.uk/

Council for Disabled Children (CDC) – an umbrella body for the disabled children's sector, CDC brings together professionals, practitioners and policy-makers. Information on resources, events and training.
https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk

Down’s Syndrome Association – news and information about Down’s Syndrome.
https://www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/

Family Fund – provide grants for families raising children and young people with disabilities or those with serious illness.
https://www.familyfund.org.uk/my-account

Family Fund Sleep Support Hub
https://www.familyfund.org.uk/News/tired-out-our-new-sleep-support-hub

Foundation Years – website providing information and support for those working in early years and childcare, delivering services for children and families.
https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/

ICAN – charity that helps and supports children to develop speech, language and communication skills.
http://www.ican.org.uk/

IPSEA charity offering free and independent legally based information, advice and support.
https://www.ipsea.org.uk/home

KIDs – support disabled children, young people and their families by delivering services throughout the UK.
https://www.kids.org.uk/

The Makaton Charity - exists to ensure that everyone living with learning or communication difficulties has the tools and resources they need to communicate.
https://www.makaton.org/

Mencap – charity that provides support for people with learning disabilities and their families and carers.
https://www.mencap.org.uk/

National Autistic Society – charity providing support for people with Autism and their families.
http://www.autism.org.uk/

National Deaf Children’s Society -  charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people and working in partnership with professionals to make sure deaf children and young people achieve their potential.
http://www.ndcs.org.uk/

The National Network of Parent Carer Forums – a representative organisation for local parent carer forums.
http://www.nnpcf.org.uk/

nasen (National Association of Special Educational Needs) - a charity which supports practitioners by providing relevant information, training and resources to enable staff to meet the needs of children and young people.
http://www.nasen.org.uk/

Scope - a charity that seeks to make the country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.support, information and advice to disabled people and their families every year.
https://www.scope.org.uk/

SENDirect (provided by Contact) - online service where families and professionals can find activities, support and information ...read morefor children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities.
https://www.sendirect.org.uk/

SEND Gateway – online resources for SEND
http://www.sendgateway.org.uk/

SENSE – an organisation that supports people with complex communication needs.
https://www.sense.org.uk/

The Sensory Project Resources
http://www.thesensoryprojects.co.uk/resources

Sibs – charity which aims to enhance the lives of siblings by providing them with information and support, and by influencing service provision throughout the UK.
https://www.sibs.org.uk/

Singing Hands – organisation that use Makaton to help develop a child's communication potential through music, songs, games and activities. Information about baby signing classes, toddler signing classes, resources, professional training and work in schools and nurseries.
https://singinghands.co.uk/

Special Needs Jungle – parent led information and resources.
https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/

SWAN uk – supporting families affected by a syndrome without a name.
http://www.undiagnosed.org.uk/

Together for Short Lives - charity for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions and all those who support, love and care for them. Support families, professionals and services, including children’s hospices.
http://www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk/