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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.

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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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A Guide to Official Complaints 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
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
The Worry Website
A wonderful collection of short stories. Class teacher Mr Speeds sets up a Worry Website on the classroom computer so children can share their worries with their classmates. Read More
Video Guides to Personal Independance Payments Video Guides to Personal Independance Payments
Series of videos about Personal Independence Payments from the Family Support Service. Read More
waving not drowning
A newsletter for parents of disabled children who work or want to work. Just e-mail Janet Mearns (Editor) on janet.mearns@workingfamilies.org.uk to receive a free newsletter. They also operate a free helpline on 020 7253 7243, e-forums, policy meetings and campaigns. 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
Working together to Safeguard Children
A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Read More
Brookes Publishing
American based publisher with a good range of titles on children with disabilities. Read More
Understanding Non-verbal Learning Disabilities: A Common-sense guide for Parents
This easy to read guide offers a complete overview of Non-verbal Learning Disabilities (NLDs) and the wide variety of symptoms that different types of NLD present. Maggie Mamen enables readers to select the most relevant strategies for coping with and managing their particular symptoms. She prov... Read More
Private and Confidential
Laura decides to learn Braille so she can correspond with her penpal Malcolm who is blind. This book shows children that having a disability should not be a barrier to friendship and that communicating in a different way can be rewarding and fun. Read More