Resources

 

Information to help you

This page has information about local and national services or groups that may help you.  We have also included some of the leaflets and information that members have asked for.  Please feel free to download them and pass them on to others who may find them helpful.

 Leaflets

General

harc general leaflet                        NAS Hertfordshire General Leaflet 2016

Education

Transfer to Secondary School   Transfer to Secondary School

Life at Secondary School           Life at Secondary School

Primary Peer Leaflet                  Explaining Autism to peers – Primary School

Secondary Peer Leaflet             Explaining Autism to peers – Secondary School

Education Rights – EHCP Assessments

Liesel Batterham, NAS Education Rights Co-ordinator, has provided this helpful presentation on SEN Reforms and Education, Health and Care assessments SEN REFORMS Parents

Education Rights – Exclusions

Andy Cutting, NAS Specialist Exclusions & Alternative Provision Advice Coordinator, has provided the resources below.

Parent Seminar on School Exclusions

School Exclusions Information

AET Working with School – Guide for Parents

AET Information for Schools

Details of the NAS School Exclusions Service can be found at:

http://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/school-exclusions.aspx

email: schoolexclusions@nas.org.uk
phone: 0808 800 4002

Sensory Processing

Louise Helsdown has produced a leaflet for us on Sensory Integration:

Sensory Processing Disorder information

Driving

John Harrison and Jenny Lushington have produced a leaflet for people with Asperger Syndrome who want to learn to drive or improve their driving skills

Driving and Asperger Syndrome

Specialist Organisations

There are a number of organisations who you can contact who may be able to help you in a number of specialist areas.

Benefits and Work

This website offers really useful guides to completing benefit forms such as Disability Living Allowance,  Personal Independence Payment and Employment Support Allowance.  There is a small fee to join to become a member but well worth exploring.   Go to Benefits Advice .

NAS parent to parent line

The Parent to Parent Line (0808 800 4106) is a free, confidential telephone support service offered by volunteer parents to other parents of an adult or child with an autism spectrum disorder.

NAS Helpline

The Autism Helpline (0808 800 4104) provides impartial and confidential information, advice and support to people with autism (including Asperger syndrome), their families, professionals, researchers and students. Helpline advisers are able to talk about autism and related issues, including benefits and help from social services, in depth.  Lines are open 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Monday to Friday. Visit NAS website for more information NAS Autism Helpline

If they point you back to us, just let them know that you are in touch with NAS Hertfordshire.

Hertfordshire NAS Resource Centre

Hertfordshire NAS Resource Centre runs adult social groups and also provides assistance with supported living.

Phone:                 01 442 247 046

Email:                 herts.service@nas.org.uk

Asperger Social Care Team

If you have been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, or know someone who has, then you can contact the  Asperger Social Care Team for an assessment. They will talk to you about your needs (or those of someone else) and how they can help.  This includes assistance with: housing or accommodation; signposting to information and other services; finding activities and social opportunities; liaising with medical services; building better links with the local community; dealing with anxiety and depression and managing every day life.

This service also gives help to 16 – 18 year olds who are transitioning from children to adult services.

Email: Asperger.Team@hertfordshire.gov.uk

HAND  –  Hertfordshire Additional Needs Database

If you are the parent of a child with additional needs who is still in education and is under the age of 25 years,  then you can join the database.   You can find out more about the benefits of HAND here and how to join.

 Carers in Hertfordshire

A further source of support which is for your needs:

Website:          www.carersinherts.org.uk

We particularly recommend their ‘Fact Sheets for Carers’ section where there are a number of helpful documents.

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Regulate health and adult social care services in England, whether they’re provided by the NHS, local authorities, private companies or voluntary organisations. Protect the rights of people detained under the Mental Health Act.

Website:              www.cqc.org.uk

Money Advice Unit

Impartial advice on benefits and money matters

Address:              County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8DE

Phone:                 0300 123 4040

“entitled to” – what you can claim

This website can help you determine if there are benefits that you ought to be receiving – assuming you’re a British resident. People across the UK are missing out on benefits and tax credits worth more than £8 billion a year. Just use the simple calculator to work out how much you could claim. This site is free and no personal information is required, so anonymity is assured.

Website:              www.entitledto.co.uk/default.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

Family Fund

Give grants for things that make life easier and more enjoyable for the disabled child, young person (up to 17 years) and their family, such as washing machines, driving lessons, computers and holidays (financial restriction apply).

Website:          www.familyfund.org.uk

Phone:             08449 744 099  please note calls cost 3.24p per minute.

Money Management

Preparing someone with autism for independent living.

Website:          www.managingmoney.org.uk

Challenging Behaviour Foundation

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation (www.challengingbehaviour.org.uk) wants to see children and adults with severe learning disabilities, who are described as having challenging behaviour, having the same life opportunities as everyone else, including home life, education, employment and leisure.

PALMS

PALMS is a multi-disciplinary team who provide individually tailored support to help manage a number of concerns experienced at home. The service is available for children and young people up to their 19th birthday.

PALMS provides intervention where necessary and intensive support to families reaching crisis with a step up and step down approach throughout their care journey.

Work Solutions

Work Solutions offers help and support to people (including learning disabilities and Aspergers) whose situation makes it difficult for them to get and keep a job.

Web-link:           http://www.hertsdirect.org/caresupport/worksolns/

Contact your local/county councillor, MP etc

Go to the website:  www.writetothem.com   type in your post code – send an email from the site…

Springboard

provides a specialist service for young people aged between 16-24 years with Higher functioning Autism, Asperger’s…

Hertfordshire Directory | Springboard South

Hertfordshire Directory | Springboard North

Autism Connect Free Online Training

Autism Connect offer free online autism training, including Digital Social Communication for people with autism, autism and special interests, and autism and developing independence.  See http://elearning.autism-connect.org.uk/store

Recommended Apps for Autism

The University of Edinburgh have a site where apps for autism are reviewed and recommended – see http://www.dart.ed.ac.uk/app-wheel/

9 Lives Furniture

9 Lives Furniture are a furniture recycling charity that offer free courses to people with a learning disability,  mental health problems and autism.  The courses are Warehouse/Retail Skills Course and Furniture Restoration both at Level 1.  Flyers with further information are attached.

Other local groups & services

For details on other local groups & services go to Herts Direct