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In this section you will find all sorts of different reference material, including books for your children, government papers, articles by parents and much more.

Have a good look through, I'm sure you'll find lots to help. Just below this you'll see a selection of articles that might interest you, just click on anything that looks interesting. Don't be shy!

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A Guide to Independent Support

An introduction to Independent Support in Ealing and the organisations providing this service.  Read More »

A Guide to Accessible Transport in London

Over the past two decades, Transport for London (TfL) have been improving their transport system. Are you getting the most out of the steps they have taken to make it more accessi... Read More »

A Guide to Official Complaints

What do you do when you feel that things have reached the stage when you need to lodge an official complaint?  Read More »

A guide to safeguarding, managing risk and personal budgets

Personal budgets are relatively new, but their use and uptake are likely to increase as the SEND Reforms are rolled out.  Read More »

A Guide to Special Needs Cafés in the UK

Where to find cafés and restaurants that employ and train staff with special needs in the UK  Read More »

A Guide to Swimming in Ealing

It would seem that finding the right swimming course for you can be quite complicated. Luckily I met up recently with Fred Burley who has recently taken the reins at the Ealing Sw... Read More »

A Will of His Own: Reflections on Parenting a Child with Autism (revised edition)

Kelly Harland’s wonderfully clear, unsentimental and yet moving account of her daily struggles with Will brings a whole new perspective to our understanding [of autism]. Her descri... Read More »

Alphabet Kids - From ADD to Zellweger Syndrome

I've stopped posting all the new books from Jessica Kingsley because we have a link to their site and there are so many titles available it becomes a bit repetitive. This book how... Read More »

An NAS Guide to Days Out

The following list has been taken from a National Autistic Society Advice sheet and lists various sites and venues around the country that have been recommended by members.  Read More »

Assessment of disabled people's life chances

The Strategy Unit was asked to provide supporting analysis and a strategic assessment of disabled people's life chances - the opportunities available to disabled people, both child... Read More »

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Inclusion of disabled children in primary school playgrounds
In recent years the trend has been to educate disabled children in mainstream schools, partly as a response to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act (2001). One of the themes of Every Child Matters (2004) is that children should enjoy and achieve, and this applies to the educational conte... Read More
Contact a Family - April Contact a Family - April
Read the latest newsletter from Contact a Family. Including details on Benefit guides, disabled children's charter and the crisis in care funding. Read More
Communicating Partners Center
I came across this site after watching a 9 year old girl with Down Syndrome talking on You Tube.   "The Communicating Partners Center is guided by one major belief: that parents are in the best position to make sure their child develops social and communicative skills to their potential." Read More
Dyslogic Syndrome
Dyslogical children are commonly labelled as having one or more of a mix of conditions that include Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Bipolar Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. The number of children who could be described as dyslogical continues to rise sharply, ... Read More
A Guide to Swimming in Ealing
It would seem that finding the right swimming course for you can be quite complicated. Luckily I met up recently with Fred Burley who has recently taken the reins at the Ealing Swimming Club. He spent an hour or so with me explaining how swimming is organised in and around the borough. Key to every... Read More
The Additional Needs Handbook
A wonderful guide to everything you need to know about what's going on in Ealing. A lot of the information contained on the site is here in handy book format. Read More
Steps Change
A review published in the Guardian in 2005 but only just discovered by me. So apologies for that. However, the article is very thought provoking and will be of interest to those of you whose children attend dance or drama groups. You can read the full article here . Read More
Ealing Mencap - Summer Newsletter Ealing Mencap - Summer Newsletter
Latest round up of all the news from Ealing Mencap including the presentation of Berge Kanikanian's Aktion T4 Awareness Project' at the House of Commons. Read More
A Will of His Own: Reflections on Parenting a Child with Autism (revised edition)
Kelly Harland’s wonderfully clear, unsentimental and yet moving account of her daily struggles with Will brings a whole new perspective to our understanding [of autism]. Her descriptions of the continually changing hopes and aspirations that she and her husband have for him will have echoes for ever... Read More
The Ghost of Grania O'Malley
Jessie O'Malley has cerebral palsy. She sets out on an adventure to save the Big Hill on Clare Island and discovers how important it is to fight for the things you really want. Read More