Useful Links

This page has links to other organisations and websites that may be useful.  These links are provided purely to assist you and in good faith – please see the Terms and Conditions of use for NAS branch websites for further information. The links are grouped into the following categories; click on a category to jump directly to it:

 

National Autistic Society links

National Autistic Society website – the national charity website has lots of useful information about autism and about specific support and services available

National Autistic Society Online Community – for people on the autism spectrum, their carers and relatives, and professionals. Includes links to other popular online autism communities

Information about other nearby NAS branches

NAS Autism Services Directory – a directory of services for people with an autism spectrum disorder, their families, and people who work with them. It includes categories for Advice & Advocacy and Assessment & Diagnosis

Autism Hospital Passport – ‘My Hospital Passport’ is a resource for people with autism to help communicate their needs to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals

 

Other sources of support and information

Autism Anglia are an autism support charity operating throughout East Anglia; they also provide the Autism Anglia Alert Card – recognised by emergency services in East Anglia, so that an individual’s behaviour or the nature of their condition can be quickly explained when they find themselves in a difficult or emergency situation

Autism Education Trust – includes educational resources for children, parents/carers and professionals

The Avenue for ASD Family Support run ASD support groups in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire

Cambridgeshire County Council – information on Special Educational Needs and support for children with disabilities including the Autism Local Offer

Cambridgeshire County Council – information on support available for adults

Carers Trust Cambridgeshire offer services and support to carers, and services for adults and children with care needs

Contact a Family are a national charity offering support and advice to families with disabled children

Childcare – information and a register of childcare providers held by Cambridgeshire County Council

Disability Cambridgeshire is an advice and information service for disabled people and/or older people and their carers

Eddies – previously part of Cambridgeshire Mencap, provides a range of services for children, young people and adults with learning disabilities, and their families and carers

Independent Support for EHCP  Education Health and Care Plan support

Ely Parent Support Groups (including a Dad’s group and Siblings group) for families with children with additional needs – for more information contact Jane Tuck, Family Worker for Highfield School on 07827 309394

Equality Advisory & Support Service – advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights

Family Carers Prescription – support for carers accessed through your GP

Family Information Directory – a searchable directory of services compiled by Cambridgeshire County Council

Fledglings is a charity that sources practical, affordable, good quality products that address everyday problems faced by children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy and autism

Home-Start is a national family support charity which helps families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them, through a weekly home visiting service, family groups and social events

IPSEA (Independent Parental Special Education Advice) 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

Little Miracles is a parent-run organisation for families with children with additional needs, running drop-in centres in Peterborough, Soham, Ramsey and St Neots (contact the St Neots group by email: stneots@littlemiraclescharity.org.uk)

Papworth Trust Information Centre gives free information, advice and guidance to disabled people of all ages and to their families and carers

Pinpoint is an independent information, support and involvement network for parents, running workshops and events across Cambridgeshire, particularly for parents/carers of children with additional needs

Preparing for Adulthood programme funded by the Department of Education to support SEN and disability reforms for young people

SENDIASS (previously the Parent Partnership Service) Cambridgeshire’s SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) offers impartial and confidential information, advice and support to parents and carers who have a child or young person with special educational needs (SEN) or a disability or have concerns that their child has special educational needs

Special needs Community Information Point (SCIP) – an information and advice service for families with 0-19 year olds with a disability or additional needs. Includes information about local groups and activities in the Cambridge, Huntingdon & Fenland areas

 

Diagnosis

The Cambridge Lifespan Asperger Syndrome Service (CLASS) clinic offers a specialist diagnostic assessment for adults who may have Asperger Syndrome or High-Functioning Autism

 

Activities for children and young people

The Bargroves Resource Centre in St Neots runs a Monday Night Club for young people aged 14+ with higher functioning ASD – contact The Bargroves on 01480 376199 for more information

Cambridge Disabled Kids Swimming Club

Cambridge Kung Fu: Snow Leopards – a mixed-age & ability class for children with disabilities

Eddies – provide a range of activities for children & young people with learning disabilities, including swimming, music therapy, a performing arts group, vocational training and a befriending scheme

Impington Opportunity Playgroup – a group for families with children with disabilities up to 5 years old

March Pegs supports children with unique personalities or diagnosed with a different way of thinking, and hold monthly sessions at Burrowmoor Primary School, March. Contact Sharon on: 07989 685796 or email: marchpegs@gmail.com

Motiv8 – a drop-in for young people with disabilities at Stretham Youth Centre

Cambridgeshire Music: Music Therapy

Red Balloon Learners Centres have a centre in Cambridge and provide an ‘intensive care’ full-time education for children aged between 9 and 18 who are unable to go to school because they have been severely bullied or who have suffered trauma

Romsey Mill Aspire Programme runs youth clubs for young people (9-18 years) on the autistic spectrum in mainstream schools

Sensory Toy Library drop-in sessions at Chatteris Children’s Centre

Sports Works run disability sports clubs for children and young people at several locations across Cambridgeshire

Sunshine Club and Cambridge groups run by Carers Trust Cambridgeshire for children and young people on the autistic spectrum

 

Support and activities for adults

Autism Research Centre (ARC) – read the findings from ARC’s research into autism and Asperger’s Syndrome; ARC welcomes contact from people with a diagnosis who would like to volunteer to take part in research

Eddies – provide a range of activities for adults with learning disabilities, including art and gardening groups, a befriending scheme and volunteering opportunities

The Funky Phoenix – a monthly Cambridge night club for people with disabilities

Red2Green provide learning, leisure and work opportunities for people with disability and disadvantage, including Aspirations, a life skills programme for people with autism spectrum conditions

VoiceAbility Cambridgeshire work with people who are vulnerable or marginalised to raise their voices and have their rights respected

 

Activities for all ages

Accessible sports activities – Cambridge City Council

Disability Sport – Huntingdonshire District Council

Cambridge Model Engineering Society maintain a minature railway on the edge of Cambridge City and offer rides on steam and electric trains

Cambridge Museum of Technology – for fans of old-school engineering with regular events and steaming days

The Centre for Computing History – has a collection of vintage video games and computers

Harry Spectors Fine Chocolates – a Cambridge-based social enterprise making luxury chocolates and providing employment opportunities for people on the autistic spectrum

Nene Valley Railway – heritage railway with steam locomotives including Thomas the Tank Engine