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Exceptioncard

Face Covering Exemption Card PDF

For who may find face masks difficult to wear due to their disabilities. Please see below the link to some exemption cards that can be printed out and used on public transport etc.  
 

Autism eye

Latest Addition Of Autism Eye, Free to download or read online.

Understanding The Spectrum

Understanding The Spectrum – A Comic Strip Explanation

 

Below is a listing of various organisations that can provide services relating to autism.

If any of the details below require updating or amending, let us know

Please be aware that the organisations listed on this page are provided for information purposes only, and are not endorsed or recommended by STLS. You should always ensure that any service, activity or therapy that you are considering for your child / young person is appropriate to their needs. 

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The Autism Education Trust (AET) helps children and young people with autism to receive an education, enabling them to reach their potential. It is led by two national autism charities – the National Autistic Society and Ambitious about Autism and is supported by the Department for Education.  The AET offers training, resources and assessment guidelines.

Autism Education Trust

Autism South East is a family run and autistic led organisation helping and supporting those on the autistic spectrum and their families throughout the South East.

Autism south east

Advocacy for All is a charity providing free independent one to one advocacy services for those with Autism and with Learning difficulties. Advocacy for All also provides schools and youth groups.

Advocacy for all

Ambitious about Autism offers advice, guidance and education.

Ambitious abot Autism

BEAMS provides advice, information and support to families and leisure opportunities for children. It coordinates three support groups (including the Fathers Club). A newsletter is produced three times a year and there are also social events.

Beams

Carers FIRST is an independent, charitable organisation supporting and helping carers in Tonbridge & Malling and surrounding areas. Their aim is to give comprehensive help to all carers, through access to information and resources, discussion, advocacy, one-to-one support, and groups where they can meet other carers in similar situations. Carers First also provide young carers support groups and activities as well as a befriending service for carers and older people.

Carers first

 

CEREBRA is a charity dedicated to helping families with children with brain conditions discover a better life together.

Cerebra

Early Help (support for families) provide services that can be accessed locally at a time and place that suits families to help them to do well, stay safe and resolve problems at the earliest possible opportunity, before they become more serious. You can view the Early Help leaflet for families here. 

Early Help

Family Fund support with essential items if the family are raising a disabled or seriously ill child.

Family Fund

IASK provide free, impartial and confidential information, advice and support about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) for children, young people up to the age of 25yrs, parents and carers.

IASK

IMAGO are a social action organisation delivering diverse services and supporting individuals, organisations and communities. They deliver a range of services and projects; supporting independence, reducing social isolation and creating opportunities, for some of the most vulnerable in the communities.

IMAGO

Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (IPSEA) 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 and disabilities (SEND). They also provide training on the SEND legal framework to parents and carers, professionals and other organisations.

IPSEA

Kent Autistic Trust (KAT)’s Family Support Service offers advice and information for individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, carers and the people who work with them. In addition, they offer individual, tailor made, person centred, solutions of support for adults through their living and day vocational and life skill services. The KAT team has a wide range of expertise and we provide consultancy services that aim to empower individuals with autism through providing specialist assessments and training for the people who work with or support them.

Kent Autistic Trust

Kent Autistic Trust recommended Autism Alert Cards which are designed to enable those who carry it to identify themselves as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder and to alert the emergency services and other services when required.  The card highlights how the bearer may have difficulties in talking and listening and may show signs of unusual behaviour.

To apply, click here

Attention

Kent Friendz provide help and support for children and families with learning and physical disabilities. Based in Kent, Kent Friendz, a service of The Symbol Trust - provides opportunities for recreation and education through activities, with the aim of improving lifestyle for people with disabilities.

Kent Friendz

More Than Words offers free Makaton courses for parents and carers of children with communication difficulties as well as inclusive story telling events.

More than Words

My Trust’s aim is to 'Prepare Young People for their Future' and in Kent offers young people with disabilities or additional needs access to the Me2 Mentoring Programme.

My Trust

Portage is a home-visiting educational service for pre-school children with SEND and their families.

Portage aims to work with families to help them develop a quality of life and experience, for themselves and their young children, in which they can learn together, play together, participate and be included in their community in their own right. Portage aims to play a part in minimising the disabling barriers that confront young children and their families.

For Kent Portage Service contact KENT

Portage

National Autistic Society Autism Services Directory, a comprehensive directory of services and support for people on the autism spectrum, their families, and people who work with them.

National Autistic Society

National Autistic Society run residential, supported living, community day hubs, outreach, befriending, social groups and employment support services for adults as well as specialist schools, autism centres in mainstream schools and further education support for children and young people.

In addition, they run helplines, local, volunteer branches, membership programme, training for family members, parent to parent service for parents and carers of autistic children and adults, and an online community, which can help people get the information and advice they need. Finally, for professionals they run training courses, conferences, consultancy and an Autism Accreditation programme to help professionals working with autistic people gain the knowledge they need. They also offer support for employers to help them to understand how to attract autistic employees into their workplace.

National Autistic Society

SOS SEN offer a free, friendly, independent and confidential telephone helpline for parents and others looking for information and advice on Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). They concentrate on helping people to find their way through the legal and procedural maze which can feel daunting to  many aiming to obtain satisfactory provision for a child’s special needs.

SOS SEN

Young Minds promote good mental health and offers support for parents and young people, and advice and training for professionals.

Young Minds

Media Links

 
Whats does it feel like

What Does it Feel Like to Have Autism?

You or someone you know may have autism. Dr Chris and Dr Xand of Operation Ouch find out what that feels like.

ACAMH

An Autism Podcast Series

A series for parents supported by the Autism Diagnostic Practice at Clinical Partners. They work nationwide with only the most experienced consultants.

  • Identifying Autism

  • Empowering the Child, How Autism Presents Differently in Girls

  • Coronavirus and Helping Children with Autism

  • Recognising Mental Health Issues

  • Food Sensitivities and Proclivities

Austism Explination

Animated Explanation of Autism

A fantastic video explaining what Autism is and how we are all the same. Designed by Amazing Things project which is an ongoing animation initiative aimed at promoting understanding and acceptance in future generations.

 

Amazing Kids

Amazing Kids – Autistic Spectrum Condition

A wonderful video amalgamating the voices of children from different backgrounds sharing their unique experiences of the autistic spectrum in their own words.

 

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