Useful Links

Within this area of the website is a selection of other website resources for ASD and / or learning disabilities


About Me

A new electronic mobile phone and tablet app has been launched to improve information sharing and support for children and young people with autism.

The ‘About Me’ app was created in response to feedback from young people with autism and will make it easier for people with autism to access, hold and share information about their condition with professionals. The app aims to put the child at the centre of clinical practice and will provide a low cost solution to information sharing.

Further information


AppyAutism

Appyautism is a web catalog which makes available to people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), their families and professionals in this field an extensive database with more than 400 applications for computers, tablets and SmartPhones.

http://www.appyautism.com


Autism Research Policy Practice Hub

This open-access site champions the use of research in policy and practice in the UK and beyond. We work to narrow the gap between research, practice and policy and promote evidence-based outcomes for people with autism.

http://www.autismrpphub.org/


Autism Sound WalkAutism Sound Walk

Moving to high school is a huge moment in any young person’s life. A new school means a new environment, usually larger in size, with more complex demands and accompanied by a series of unfamiliar and potentially bewildering sounds.

For a young person with autism this transition can often be particularly challenging. Support and preparation for transition can result in a better outcome.

The Autism Sound Walk (opens in new window) will support young people with autism during transition to high school by enabling them to familiarise themselves with the types of new sounds they should expect to hear, prior to arrival in the new environment.

This map has been designed to help you get used to the different sounds you'll hear around the school. Click on the red dots on the map to hear sounds from that part of the school. It's best to use headphones to get the most accurate idea of what it's like being in those places.

The soundwalk can be played by carers, teachers, or young people themselves. It can be played as many times as desired and can form the basis of familiarisation, preparation and discussion. 
 
Professor Alka Ahuja, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB)

Alka.ahuja@wales.nhs.uk

Better with Books Scheme

This scheme provides self-help books to children and young people to help them deal with emotional issues and give additional guidance.

Research has shown the effectiveness of high quality self-help books.  

Children and young people in particular may find it difficult to talk about their emotions. Reading a book may help them understand their feelings and give them advice on how to cope.  There are also books available to help guide parents and guardians.

Books can be recommended by GPs, school counsellors, school nurses, teachers, youth centre staff and others who might be approached by a young person for some advice / guidance. 

http://gov.wales/topics/health/nhswales/mental-health-services/child-mental/books/?lang=en


Care Co-ordination Network UK

Care Co-ordination Network UK (CCNUK) is a networking organisation promoting and supporting care co-ordination or key working for disabled children and their families in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. CCNUK is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee, with its head office in York and national offices in Wales and Scotland.

www.ccnuk.org.uk


Carers Wrexham

Online information to increase opportunities for people carrying out a caring role to find information that may be useful to them.

Online information for Carers / Gwybodaeth ar-lein i Ofalwyr

www.wrexham.gov.uk/carers / www.wrecsam.gov.uk/gofalwyr


CLIC online

A young person friendly website about carers.

www.cliconline.co.uk


Engage to Change

The Engage to Change project is currently running across the whole of Wales to support young people aged 16-25 with a learning disability and/or autism into paid work placements lasting 6-12 months.

We aim to help 1000 of these young people achieve their full potential by developing experience and transferable skills in the workplace through a person-centred approach which will give them further opportunities and enable them to compete in the labour market. To do this we are working with 800 employers over five years, offering job coaching and employment support to both young person and employer.

This project is made possible through funding from the Big Lottery Fund in partnership with Welsh Government.

www.engagetochange.org.uk


Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

A website for people with a learning disability.

www.learningdisabilities.org.uk


Help and Information for parents and carers in Carmarthenshire

there is also a Facebook page, search for 'Haipac'.

www.haipac.org.uk


Independent Living Fund

The Independent Living Fund (ILF) is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body of the Department for Work and Pensions. The sponsoring team within the department with responsibility for the ILF is the Disability and Carers Directorate.

They are dedicated to delivering financial support to disabled people and advancing standards of independent living.

www.ilf.org.uk


Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodevelopmental disorders network

 

The Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodevelopmental disorders network (LDAN) is one of 17 research networks funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and supported by the National Institute for Social Care and Health Research Clinical Research Centre (NISCHR CRC). This major health and social care initiative aims to bring research funding into Wales and has created a supportive research structure to achieve this.

 

www.ldancymru.org.uk


Learning Disability Advisory Group (LDAG)

The current Learning Disability Advisory Group (LDAG) was set up in 2012 to advise Welsh Government on the issues influencing the lives of people with a learning disability in Wales and those who support them.

www.ldag.info

 


Learning Disability Wales

"Creating a Wales that values and includes every child and adult with a learning disability"  A website giving advice and support to people with learning disabilities in Wales.

www.learningdisabilitywales.org.uk


Life Coach Directory / Counselling Directory

Life Coach Directory is a confidential service that encourages those in distress to seek help. The directory contains information on many different types of distress, as well as articles, news, and events. All counsellors have provided Life Coach Directory with qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body, so as to ensure the website's professionalism.

Counselling Directory aims to be the leading service for providing counselling advice and information - connecting those in distress with the largest support network in the UK.

http://www.lifecoach-directory.org.uk/

http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/aspergers-syndrome.html


Money Skills support to people with learning disabilities

BILD was commissioned by Barclays to develop accessible information and resources to support people with learning disabilities as part of the Barclay’s Money Skills programme.

For more information please visit:  http://www.bild.org.uk/about-bild/ourwork/money-skills/


For young people from minority ethnic communities to find out about transition. This website is especially for young people with a learning disability and their supporters and families. Although it is especially for people from minority communities with a learning disability, any young person at transition stage may find it helpful.

www.movingonup.info


National Autistic Society

UK charity for people with autism (including Aspergers syndrome) and their families. Providing information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.

www.autism.org.uk


OAASIS

Established in 1996, OAASIS aims to provide parents and teachers with impartial, comprehensive and prompt answers to the many questions and problems which looking after or teaching a child with SEN may present.
It is a part of  The Cambian Group one of the largest providers of independent residential special schools and colleges in the UK.

www.oaasis.co.uk


Research Autism

This website is aimed at anyone with an interest in autism, including people with autism spectrum disorders, parents and carers, service providers and policy makers.

It is one of the biggest, most up-to-date, and most scientifically reliable websites in the world for information about autism, the issues facing individuals with autism, and the interventions used to help them.

www.researchautism.net


SNAP Cymru

SNAP Cymru is a National Charity, unique to Wales, founded in 1986.  Its main aim is to advance the education of people in Wales and support their inclusion. Trained experienced staff and volunteers work with families, children and young people, their parents, carers and professionals working with those who have or may have additional learning needs, which include SEN, disability, and other barriers eg exclusion, disaffection, poverty, deprivation, English or welsh as a second language.

www.snapcymru.org


Shaw Trust

Supports disabled young people to prepare them self for work and independence.

www.shaw-trust.org.uk


Trans-active

A website all about transition and useful things to do.

www.trans-active.org.uk