As a parent or carer it can be difficult when your child is diagnosed with a disabillity or additional needs, you will probably have lots of questions you want answers too but you just have no idea where to turn to ask. Below you will find links to a selection of charities and organisations across the region who have helped members of the Abacus Parent Support Group who have all provided that much needed information, help and support when it was needed.

ADHD Support

 

ADHD Support is a charitable organisation in Essex with a primary aim of providing information, support and services to those with ADHD and its many associated and co-existing conditions. 

 

Website: www.adhd-support.org.uk

Telephone: 0786 612 9728

Email: steve@adhdplus.support

 

 

Autism Anglia

 

Autism Anglia is an independent charity which provides care and support to children, adults and families affected by autism. They also seek to promote a greater knowledge and understanding of autism through training, education and supplying information to the public and professionals.

 

Website: www.autism-anglia.org.uk
Telephone: 01206 577678
Email: info@autism-anglia.org.uk

 

 

Autism Education Trust


The Autism Education Trust is dedicated to co-ordinating and improving education support for all children on the autism spectrum in England. They believe that all children and young people with autism must receive an education which enables them to reach their individual potential to engage in society as active citizens.


Website: www.autismeducationtrust.org.uk
Telephone: 020 7903 3650
Email: info@autismeducationtrust.org.uk 

 

 

BOSP

 

BOSP offers regular clubs at evenings, weekends and school holidays providing fun and exciting activities with social opportunities for children and young people with disabilities aged 4 years onwards. BOSP aims to develop the children and young people's independence, self-esteem and social skills in a supportive environment. 

 

Website: www.bosp.co.uk
Telephone: 01277 624300
Email: enquiries@bosp.co.uk
 
 

Contact a Family

 

Contact a family provide invaluable information, advice and support to families of disabled children. They help families to become more confident in dealing with the challenges they face, ensuring they are understood, valued and included as equals in society. They also work to bring families together so they can support each other, help to break down the isolation that they feel because of their situation.

 

Website: www.cafamily.org.uk
Telephone: 020 7608 8700
Email: info@cafamily.org.uk
 
 

C&D Independent Speech & Language Therapy

 

C&D Independent Speech & Language Therapy is a high quality private personalised service supporting children and young people between the ages of 3 and 18 years to communicate.

 

Website: www.cdspeechtherapy.co.uk

Telephone: 01206 700 270

Email: info@cdspeechtherapy.co.uk

 

 

Dyslexia Action


Dyslexia Action is a UK based national charity taking action to change the lives of people living with dyslexia.


Website: www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk
Telephone: 01245 259656 
Email: chelmsford@dyslexiaaction.org.uk  

 

 

Essex SEND Information, Advice and Support Service

 

This is a statutory service offering confidential, impartial and free information, advice and support for parents, carers, children and young people (aged up to 25 years) in relation to special educational needs and disabilities.

 

Website: www.essex.gov.uk/Education-Schools/Schools/Special-Education-Needs/Pages/Parent-Partnership-Service.aspx

Telephone: 03330 138913

Email: send.iass@essex.gov.uk

 

 

Essex Local Offer

 

The purpose of the local offer is to enable parents and young people to see more clearly what services are available for children with special educational needs and disabilities within Essex and to learn how to access them.

 

Website: www.essexlocaloffer.org.uk

Telephone: 01245 430 430

Email: contact@essex.gov.uk

 

 

Face Essex

 

Face Essex are a group of parents who represent the views and experiences of parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities and additional needs in Essex. Their aim is to influence the services they receive within Essex. They want parents and carers to have clear information available to them and professionals working together to ensure our children are getting the best care.

 

Website: www.face-essex.org
Telephone: 01245 608231
Email: info@face-essex.org
 
 

Families in Focus

 

Families in focus are a leading independent parent led registered charity providing holistic support to families of children with disabilities and special needs across Essex. They aim to provide advice, information and support to those who need it, particularly at times of change, challenge and crisis.

 

Website: www.familiesinfocusessex.org.uk
Telephone: 01245 353575
Email: helpline@familiesinfocusessex.org.uk
 
 

InterAct

 

InterAct believe that everyone should have the opportunity to fulfil their life aspirations so they work within local communities across Essex promoting inclusions, increasing participation and independence. They are dedicated to improving the emotional well-being and opportunities for young people and young adults with learning disabillities and autism who often experience barriers and social difficulties due to their disabillity.

 

Website: www.interact.org.uk
Telephone: 01245 608201
Email: mail@interact.org.uk
 
 

iS Essex

 

iSEssex provide Independent Supporters to work with parents of children (up to 25) with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and directly with young people, as they go through the new assessment process for an Education, Health and

Care Plan (EHC Plan).

 

Website: www.isessex.org
Telephone: 01245 608300
Email: info@isessex.org
 
 

IPSEA

 

IPSEA is a registered charity working to improve the life chances of children with special educational needs and disability. They give free and independent legally based advice to help parents ensure that their children are receiving the help and support that they need at school.

 

Website: www.ipsea.org.uk
Advice Line : 0800 018 4016
 
 

NELFT - EWMHS ( Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Services) Previously known as CAMHS


NELFT is an experienced provider of mental health services for children and young people upto the age of 18 and for young peopl with SEN up to the age of 25. 


Website: www.nelft.nhs.uk/services-ewmhs
Telephone:  0300 300 1600

 

 

Occupational Therapy Essex

 

Occupational Therapy Essex is an independent occupational therapy practice specialising in working with children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), Dyspraxia, Developmental Delay and those with handwriting difficulties.

 

Website: http://occupationaltherapyessex.co.uk

Telephone: 07903 085883

Email: abi@occupationaltherapyessex.co.uk

 

 

PACT for Autism


PACT for Autism support families of children and adults with autism and disabillities by providing services including the parent helpline and online forum, providing useful information as well as events and activities for families.


Website: www.pactforautism.org.uk 
Telephone: 01279 430300
Email: info@pactforautism.org.uk

 

 

SNAP Charity

 

SNAP helps Essex families with children and young people who have any special need and disability. 

They aim to inform, encourage and support parents, so that they can grow in strength and knowledge and become better equipped to give the best possible help to their children through a range of different services.

 

Website: www.snapcharity.org
Telephone: 01277 211300
Email: info@snapcharity.org
 
 

Special Needs Jungle

 

Special Needs Jungle provides easy to understand resources, articles and information for parents and carers of children with special needs, disabilities and health conditions to better enable them to navigate the special needs system. We aim to inform, educate and empower families to self-advocate confidently, so their children get the help they need to live the best life they can.

 

Website: www.specialneedsjungle.com

Email: info@specialneedsjungle.com

 

 

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