Useful websites to support disabled people and their carers.
21 & Co is a support group in Surrey and South West London dedicated to giving support to families who have children with Down syndrome. They hold regular sessions at Norbiton Children's Centre in Kingston and the Langdon Down Centre in Teddington, as well as social events throughout South West London, Surrey and the surrounding areas.
Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism. They provide services, raise awareness and understanding, and campaign for change.
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Contact a Family provide advice, information and support to more than 340,000 families each year on any aspect of raising a disabled child, including help with finances and education issues.
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Dyslexia Action is a national charity that exists to improve the lives of people living with dyslexia, by providing a range of services and support for children, young people and adults.
Family Fund is the UK’s largest grant provider to low-income families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people.
I CAN is the children’s communication charity. They provide effective, practical evidence-based solutions that change the lives of children with communication difficulties and support all children’s communication development.
(Independent Parental Special Education Advice)
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 (SEN) and disabilities. They also run an information service and offer online resources for parents.
KIDS approach is to empower disabled children and young people to develop their skills and abilities. They create opportunities for them to take part in positive play, learning, leisure, employment training and social activities.
Me Too and Co is a parent-led charity covering the Borough of Richmond upon Thames and surrounding areas, which aims to help children and young people with additional needs and their families.
Mencap work in partnership with people with a learning disability. Their work includes providing high-quality, flexible services that allow people to live independently, providing advice through helplines and websites and campaigning for the changes that people with a learning disability want.
The National Autistic Society are the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. They provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.
NAS Richmond are a friendly parent-led group aiming to support families and individuals mainly in Richmond borough living with autism and/or Asperger syndrome. They hold coffee mornings, liaise with other groups and provide regular updates via emails to offer support, information and awareness.
Richmond AID is a charity run by and for disabled people in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and surrounding areas. They support disabled people, families, carers and professionals by providing services such as the Advice Service, Richmond SPADE (gardening service), a benefits service and support with employment and training.
The Richmond Dyslexia Association (RDA) is a voluntary organisation which aims to promote awareness of dyslexia and literacy difficulties in the Richmond Borough and to advise parents and teachers on the advice and support available.
Richmond SEND Family Voice is a local community group who work in partnership to develop better services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
Ruils is a local, user-led charity supporting individuals (irrespective of age, impairment, health condition or capacity) to live independently at home and in their community. Ruils now operate the Sitting and Befriending Service previously provided by the Three Wings Trust. The Sitting Service provides sitters to be with your child or young person in your home to offer you the opportunity of a short break; whilst the Befriending Service offers support for disabled children to access activities in their local community.
Scope exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. They provide support, information and advice to more than a quarter of a million disabled people and their families every year.
Small Steps is a school for parents which helps parents to help their own children with cerebal palsy or other forms of motor and sensory impairment. Based in Roehampton, they offer weekly group sessions for children accompanied by their parent or carer.
SOS SEN is a national charity that offers a free, friendly, independent and confidential telephone helpline for parents and others looking for information and advice on Special Educational Needs (SEN).
Updated: 12 November 2015