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Support and Advice

Reasonable Adjustments
The Law Society, Guidance for best practice on reasonable adjustment.
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Home eye test
If you’re housebound for physical or mental health reasons Specsavers have a team who exclusively do at home eye test..
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Know your rights
Easy read- know your rights about Mental Health Act Code of Practice
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Asperger/Autism Network (AANE)
The Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) provides individuals, families, and professionals with information, education, community, support, and advocacy. They recently created a free guide on recognizing the signs and symptoms of what was formerly diagnosed as Asperger’s. Though Asperger’s now falls under the general umbrella of autism spectrum disorder, it is still a commonly used term. This resource covers common trends of Asperger’s symptoms in children as well as adults, which vary significantly by age. Please take a look:
Symptoms and signs
Parents Guide
Levels
Resources and Help
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Action for Aspergers
Action for Aspergers is a UK-wide award-winning registered charity that caters for all ages aged 3 years and upwards providng autism-specialist counselling for lives that have become adversely affected by the experience of autism and Asperger’s syndrome.
Email: info@actionforaspergers.org
Tel: 01536 266681
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CASCAIDr
CASCAIDr is a specialist advice charity, launched in 2017, with a mission to try to help put right some of the not-so-good things going on in Adults’ Social Care and NHS health service allocation in this country. Whom offer free service.
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StayAlive
This app is a pocket suicide prevention resource packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.
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Suicidal or feeling low support
Text “SHOUT” to 85258 when you are feeling low or suicidal. a trained crisis volunteer will text you back. Great if you find talking on the phone challenging. Its completely free 24/7
Tel: Text SHOUT to 85258
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Befriending service
Befriending Service offers short term support to adults who are lonely or isolated as a result of mental illness.
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The Bagnall Project in partnership with Oasis Partnership
The Bagnall Project is based in Chesham and provides social and psychological support to improve people’s health and well being. They offer a programme of groups and activities throughout the week and on Saturdays including baking, arts and crafts, meditation, routes to work, walking group, yoga, circuit training, Tech Launchpad. Please contact the project for the up to date programme.
Email: bagnallproject@oasisparnership.org
Tel: 0300 6662747
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NHS Ability
Easy read information Information in easy read for people with a learning disability or on the autism spectrum:
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Hectors House -mental health support
Need someone to talk to? Text HECTOR to 85258. A volunteer will be there for you. Its free, open 24/7 and completely confidential
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Buckinghamshire Council Autism Tool Kit
Autism Toolbox brings together advice, local support, services and resources for parents and carers of autistic children.
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Clearly Speaking
Provide help and advice and services to parents and families (with autistic children and those with ADHD, Dyslexia and Torrettes)
Email: info@clearlyspeaking.org.uk
Tel: 01280 824871
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FACT Bucks (Families And Carers Together in Buckinghamshire)
FACT is a group of parents and professionals who meet to discuss real issues that affect children and young people with additional needs and disabilities in Buckinghamshire
Email: admin@factbucks.org.uk
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SPACE Support Chesham
Provide support, advice and information, in Chesham & South Bucks, to parents and carers of children with ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorder & Challenging Behaviour.
Email: spacechesham@aol.com
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GRASPS Bucks (Greater Resources for Autistic/Asperger’s children Supporting siblings and Parents)
Supporting families. Meetings in Aylesbury and North Buckinghamshire.
Email: contactgrasp@gmail.com
Tel: 01296 486995

NAS South Bucks Branch
Local support group aiming to inform and help local parents and carers by: publishing a newsletter; running a club for school aged children; organising regular family activities; liaising with local services and raising awareness.
Email: Southbucks@nas.org.uk

NAS Aylesbury Branch
Provides activities for autistic children, adults and families.
Email: AylesburyVale@nas.org.uk

The National Autistic Society
Provides a comprehensive resource and directory of support, information and services for autistic people and their families.
Email: nas@nas.org.uk
Tel: 0207 8332299
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Carers Bucks
Supports unpaid carers and young carers in Buckinghamshire aged 5 – 95+. Providing advice, information, emotional support and workshops and training.
Email: mail@carersbucks.org
Tel: 0300 777 2722
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Care and Advice (Buckinghamshire Council)
Provides a directory of information, advice and services across Buckinghamshire.
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Social & Activities

Max Card
The Max Card is the UK’s leading discount card for foster families and families of children with additional needs. Families can use their Max Card at venues across the UK to get free or discounted admission.
Email: hello@mymaxcard.co.uk
Tel: 01133 947 951
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Absolutely Together
Absolutely Together aims to put smiles on the faces of families who have children or young adults with additional needs. These families often experience emotional and practical pressures which restrict the opportunities available to them. This can lead to social isolation, mental health problems and an inability to get their children active. Many of these families also suffer significant financial difficulties which further restricts their ability to access leisure activities in the community. All family leisure time should be something that is cherished, but for many, it can be an incredibly stressful time. ​ Absolutely Together helps these families by providing free access to exciting activities in the communities we work in. Helping put smiles on faces and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Email: smiles@absolutely-group.co.uk
Tel: 0300 303 3548
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Petite Ponies
Welcome to miniature pony heaven, a special place near Milton Keynes. Where animals help support, develop and entertain. We offer a wide range of tailored sessions and activities depending on your personal, family, students, team or clients needs. The emotional and physical benefits of being around horses and other animals are well-established. Research shows that spending time with animals can have a direct calming positive influence.
Email: petiteponies@btopenworld.com
Tel: 07743 889545
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Innovations Social Enterprise
Support and training for autistic people through social, enterprise and vocational pathways.
Email: info@innovations-wow.com
Tel: 07714664716 or 07846338153
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Thomley Activity Centre
Offers fun activities for all ages and abilities.
Email: enquiries@thomley.org.uk
Tel: 01844 338380
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Horsewyse
Is an equine riding and facilitated learning centre for all ages and abilities
Email: horsewyse@btinternet.com
Tel: 018440202966
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Horses Helping People
Provide therapeutic horsemanship and equine facilitated learning for the whole community.
Email: info@horseshelpingpeople.co.uk
Tel: 01525 377688 or 07815547668
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The Theatre Shed
Inclusive inspiring theatre company for all abilities, based in Chesham
Email: admin@thetheatreshed.co.uk
Tel: 07952461344
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Queens Park Arts Centre Aylesbury
“arts for all” offering the local community access to creative and performing arts. For example, Jigsaw Theatre Company providing performing arts education and experience for people with disabilities.
Email: info@qpc.org
Tel: 01296 424332
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Chiltern Music Therapy
Offers specialised and person centred music therapy to adults, young adults and children with a range of disabilities and support needs.
Email: info@chilternmusictherapy.co.uk
Tel: 01442 780541
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Cineworld
Offer autism friendly screenings. Some key differences are: Lighting will be kept on during the screening. Volume levels will be reduced. There will be no advertisements or trailers. Seating will not be allocated. Customers will be allowed to bring in their own food.
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Soundabout
Provides community music sessions specifically designed for people with learning difficulties including autistic people.
Email: info@soundabout.org.uk
Tel: 01235 797474
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Thames Valley Adventure Playground – Taplow
Provide a range of adventurous, therapeutic and educational play activities in a safe, caring and stimulating environment, catering for both children and adults with all types of disabilities.
Email: theplaground@tvap.co.uk
Tel: 01628 628599
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Social Link
Provide an arena for young adults to develop a social network and gain support from peers. Promotes independent living and the basic skills associated with this
Email: victoriaf@sociallink.org.uk
Tel: 07557 887101
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Dead Universe Comics – Gaming Club

Email: deaduniversecomics@hotmail.co.uk
Tel: 07852 836 307
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Breaking Barriers
Disability and exercise training, includes support to autistic adults.
Email: breakingbarrierspt@outlook.com
Tel: Joe on 07581039611

Turtle Key Arts – Key Club Bucks
Creative arts club for autistic young people (18-26). Held at the Hub, High Wycombe
Email: ruth@turtlekeyarts.org.uk
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Education, Supported Employment & Volunteering

Tool Up Mentoring Programme helping autistic people into work
We are helping autistic people to find and progress in fulfilling employments through our new Tool Up Mentoring programme. It includes weekly one hour one to one mentoring sessions, an online employment readiness course and an online support group. Our Tool Up Mentoring programme will help you to formulate and progress towards your employment goal. Diagnosed or self-identify as autistic? Struggling to find employment or progress in your current role?
Email: toolup@ndsa.uk
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BuDS Reach4Work
Work from home Reach4Work offers people skilled and semi-skilled work experience, with every volunteer role crafted to suit each individual. If you are a job-seeker this is your chance to gain highly employable skills and make a significant contribution to the community.
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Animal Antiks
Offer activities through animal assisted learning to autistic people of all ages. Also provide volunteering opportunities.
Email: animalantiks@yahoo.co.uk
Tel: 01296 670996
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Workaid
Offers volunteering opportunities either in the main workshop or the Hub.
Email: admin@workaid.org
Tel: 01494 775220
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Sunnyside Rural Trust
Offers training and work experience through rural activities as well as volunteering opportunities
Tel: 01442 863364
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Vana Trust Farm
Provides activities on a working farm for autistic people. Also volunteering opportunities.
Email: info@vanatrust.org.uk
Tel: 01844 237146
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Community Impact Bucks
Offers volunteering opportunities
Email: info@communityimpactbucks.org.uk
Tel: 0300 1111250
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Road Farm Countryways
Provides meaningful activities through farming to all ages and circumstances. Also offer volunteering opportunities
Email: chalkdell.roadfarm@gmail.com
Tel: 01494 862413
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Lindengate – Social & Therapeutic Horticulture
Lindengate is a Buckinghamshire-based registered charity that offers specialised gardening, art & craft, cooking and construction activities to help those with mental health needs in their continuing recovery. Group or one to one support or volunteer opportunities.
Email: info@lindengate.org.uk
Tel: 01296 622443
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Talkback
Offer a range of services to autistic adults, including further education, support through transition to adulthood, supported employment and performance arts and sports.
Email: talkback@talkback-uk.com
Tel: 01494 434448
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Other Interesting Websites

Post 16 Standards Framework
Autism Education Trust The Post-16 Standards Framework can be used by leaders in Post-16 settings as a tool that enables them to enhance and embed Good Autism Practice across their whole organisation.
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Supporting autistic flourishing at home and beyond
Supporting autistic flourishing at home and beyond: Considering and meeting the sensory needs of autistic people in housing, The last decades have revealed new understandings of autistic people and our lives. Originally seen as a series of disastrous behaviour problems to be fixed, new research and years of collaboration with autistic people of all kinds has changed almost everything society thought it knew about autism. This project and report was co-produced with a group of people with lived experience and commissioned in 2020 from NDTi by the Care and Health Improvement Programme, which is jointly managed by the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Adult Services (ADASS).
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PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance).
PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) is widely understood to be a profile on the autism spectrum, involving the avoidance of everyday demands and the use of ‘social’ strategies as part of this avoidance. PDA individuals share autistic characteristics and also have many of the ‘key features’ of a PDA profile.
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National Autistic Taskforce
The National Autistic Taskforce was established in January 2018 to give autistic adults a stronger voice in the decisions and directions of our own lives – especially those with highest support needs and, often, least autonomy. We draw on deep knowledge of rights and obligations, already enshrined in law but not reliably respected in practice, to increase autonomy in autistic lives. We seek to ensure autistic voices are included alongside those of families, policy makers and professionals. We seek to draw on the collective knowledge and experience of autistic adults to inform and improve care and support, especially for autistic adults whose own voices are rarely heard.
Email: d.e.m.milton-2@kent.ac.uk
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Neuro Diverse Self Advocacy
Advocacy by neurodivergent people for neurodivergent people; self-advocacy and peer to peer support network.
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National Association for Special Educational Needs
A charitable membership organisation that exists to support and champion those working with, and for, children and young people with SEND and learning differences.
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Autism Research Trust
Fund research to understand the causes of autism, improve diagnosis and explore interventions to ensure that autistic people receive the best possible support.
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Autism Research Centre
Brings together scientists from the University of Cambridge conducting research into the causes of and interventions for autism.
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Autistica
National research autism charity. Funding research, shaping policy and working with autistic people to understand their needs.
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Ambitious About Autism
Supports autistic children and young people; run specialist education services, employment programme. Also deliver training and consultancy to a wide range of organisations to improve awareness and understanding of autism.
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Dyspraxia Foundation
The Dyspraxia Foundation is committed to making the teaching and medical professions more aware of dyspraxia; and to spread understanding of how those who have the condition can be helped.
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The Dyslexia Foundation
The Dyslexia foundation was set up in 1999 to support Dyslexic people, focusing on those who needed practical support and information in an accessible format.
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ADHD Foundation
The ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity is an integrated health and education service offering a unique lifespan – strength based service, for the 1 in 5 people who live with ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Torrettes syndrome.
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Autistic & Unapologetic
An autism awareness site founded by one lad (James Sinclair) on a journey to find out what makes him autistic.
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Steph’s Two Girls
Family life with two girls, with autism, fun site with lots of helpful information on Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)
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Children

Helpful Ways to Deal with Sensory Problems
When a member of the family has sensory processing problems and sensitivity to noises, outings like fireworks can be tough. While commonly found in children with autism spectrum disorders, other kids may have this problem, too. Here are some helpful tips to deal with sensory problems such as fireworks. They can also be adapted for noisy family outings, too!
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NHS Sensory Processing Hub
Humber Sensory Processing Service is a specialist service providing support to children who have sensory processing difficulties. This service is for children with a Hull GP. The Sensory Processing Service is hosted by a small team of sensory trained therapists. The therapists provide advice and formal sensory processing assessments (criteria requirement for formal assessment).
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How to Create the Perfect Sensory Room for Your Child
These sensory room ideas can work for a variety of spaces and budgets. For children with autism or sensory sensitivities, sensory rooms can offer a safe space to practice coping skills or return to a calm baseline after being overstimulated.
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IPSEA
Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA) is a registered charity (number 327691) operating in England. IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Email: office@ipsea.net
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A Guide to Dental Care for Children with Autism
Children with autism are likely to suffer many more oral health problems, including tooth decay, gum disease and dental injury, than children without autism. Many autistic kids have sensory sensitivities that make it difficult to maintain an effective oral hygiene routine. These issues may also make visits to the dentist challenging.
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Famallama
Famallama is a Minecraft Server for the neurodiverse. It is a safe online space, including a Minecraft server, discord chat server and a website with forums, all protected and whitelisted so only those that apply can have access and is completely free of charge. It is closely monitored day and night, we have parent and young autistic moderators from both UK and USA so that there is always someone around should a player need help.
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Cerebra
Cerebra is the national charity helping children with brain conditions and their families discover a better life together. Over 500,000 children in the UK live with a brain condition. This can make normal activities such as learning, playing or simply experiencing the world a huge challenge. Through our research we offer solutions and advice to help these children and their families enjoy lives full of hope and discovery.
Email: enquiries@cerebra.org.uk
Tel: 01267 244200
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Buckinghamshire SEND IAS
All local authorities, by law, have to provide children and young people with SEN or disabilities, and their parents, with information, advice and support. Buckinghamshire SENDIAS Service is the information, advice and support service here.
Email: sendias@buckinghamshire.gov.uk
Tel: 01296 383754

Contact a Family
Contact a Family is a national charity that exists to support the families of disabled children whatever their condition or disability. With over 30 years of experience, their vision is that families with disabled children are empowered to live the lives they want and achieve their full potential, for themselves, for the communities they live in, and for society. They offer support, information and advice to over 340,000 families each year and campaign for families to receive a better deal. Contact a Family aims to end the poverty, disadvantage and isolation experienced by families with disabled children across the United Kingdom (UK). They support families whatever their child’s disability or health condition with a range of help and services.
Tel: 0808 808 3555
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Young Carers Bucks
Young Carers Bucks is the young carers service within Carers Bucks. We work with young people aged 5-16 who live within Buckinghamshire and have a caring role. We have a brilliant team of dedicated support workers who tailor their approach to suit the needs of the young person they are working with and tackle anything that rises around their caring role.
Email: yc@carersbucks.org
Tel: 0300 777 2722
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