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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 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 »

Assisting a Wheelchair User - Booklets

A practical guide to helping a wheelchair user. Provides advice on avoiding strains, helping people in and out of wheelchairs, transferring, moving around, managing kerbs and step... Read More »

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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
A guide to safeguarding, managing risk and personal budgets 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
Joey Goes to the Dentist
In this photographic picture book, young Joey, who himself has Asperger Syndrome, provides a straightforward explanation of how he prepares for and subsequently pays a visit to his dentist. His explanation encompasses information about the dentist and his 'helper', the instruments used, sounds and t... Read More
Malpas the Dragon
Malpas the dragon flew all around the world, breathing fire, screaming, moaning and farting. He made everybody afraid. Malpas was treated badly by his parents. They taught him to be a very rude, angry dragon, but this meant that he was also unloved and lonely. Every day he cried stone tears th... Read More
Green Boy
Fantasy story, using environmental issues, about a boy who can't speak. Read More
Ealing Mencap Newsletter Autumn 2013 Ealing Mencap Newsletter Autumn 2013
Latest edition of Ealing Mencap's Newsletter. Lots of information about current projects and an amazing fundraising story! 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
Inclusive Design for Play Inclusive Design for Play
A short introduction to what should be considered when planning inclusive playgrounds. Does your playground match these recommendations? Read More
Support and aspiration - Green paper on special educational needs and disability
This Green Paper is about all the children and young people in this country who are disabled, or identified as having a special educational need. It is about their aspirations and their hopes. Their desire to become, like every child and young person, independent and successful in their chosen futu... Read More
Government response to DLA reform consultation
The government have included this summary: The Coalition Government is committed to reforming Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to create a new benefit – Personal Independence Payment. We will create a benefit that is simpler to administer and easier to understand, is fair, and ... Read More