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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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An NAS Guide to Days Out 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
Understanding Applied Behaviour Analysis
Clear, accessible and with a structure that is easy to follow, this book is an essential introduction to the discipline of ABA and its applications for parents and professionals. Read More
Parenting a Child with Asperger Syndrome: 200 Tips & Strategies
Lots of tips and strategies from the parent of a boy with Aspergers. Widely acclaimed by parents and professionals. Read More
Doggie Dare
There is a new boy in Jamie's class who is deaf. Read More
Bright Minds
Family Learning for Fun. Good catalogue with a range of items that could appeal to children with disabilities and their families. Read More
Understanding Motor Skills in Children with Dyspraxia, ADHD, Autism, and other Learning Disabilities.
'The book is user-friendly and includes clear diagrams in each section, along with tables to outline key points. I found these very useful and they are an easy reference/ reminder, for example, they include a normal development chart, what assessments are available and their main aims.' - Natio... Read More
Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
This fact sheet explains how this benefit works and who is eligible for it. Basically, EMA is for 16 to 19 year olds from lower income families in full time education, or on certain training courses, and funds some of their day to day expenses. Students are eligible for weekly payments, plus possibl... Read More
Finding and Paying for Childcare
This useful factsheet tells parents everything they need to know to help them arrange suitable childcare. It runs through the childcare options for disabled children of all ages, explains how to find out what's available locally and includes a handy checklist to help parents decide if a childcare p... Read More
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
An independent publisher of a very broad range of academic books in the social and behavioural sciences including: Art Therapies Syndromes Health & Social Care Disability and many more. Read More