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Useful Links

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Ableize

The biggest UK directory of disability and disabled resources. Includes disability advice and information, disabled products, sports and the arts plus goods and services, health, support, social care and mobility aids. All this under the convenient roof of one comprehensive disability directory.

Accuro

Accuro is a registered charity who offer support throughout West Essex to people of all ages with a disability and provide short breaks for their families and carers

ADHD Support Group in Chelmsford

Support group for those affected by ADHD/AS and their families.

Autism Anglia

Autism Anglia exists to promote the welfare, education and care of people with autism.

B

Brainwave

A children’s charity that provides therapy for children from 6 months – 12 years of age who has a brain injury, has delayed development or a genetic condition

C

Cerebra

Charity for children with neurological problems/brain related conditions.

Cinema Exhibitors’ Association Card

The CEA card is a national card that can be used to verify that the holder is entitled to one free cinema ticket for a person accompanying them to the cinema (ie, carer/parent carer is admitted free of charge). To apply for the card you will need to submit proof to show that you/your child is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP). You will also need to supply a passport-sized photo with your application to appear on the card, and an annual processing fee of £5.50 is chargeable per application. Please follow the Link to their website to download an application form.

Challenging Behaviour Foundation

Their vision is for children and adults with severe learning disabilities, who are described as having challenging behaviour, to have the same life opportunities as everyone else, including home life, education, employment and leisure.

Contact a Family

UK–wide charity providing advice, information and support to the parents of all disabled children, no matter what their health condition.

Council for Disabled Children

Membership organisation providing a national forum for developing policy and practice relating to disabled children and young people.

Counselling Directory

An online Counselling Directory to connect you with professional support

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Dyslexia Action

The UK’s leading provider of services and support for people with dyslexia and literacy difficulties

Dyslexia Rooms

Assessments, support and Dyslexia advice in Chelmsford.

E

Epilepsy Action

Advice and information for those affected by epilepsy.

Essex Mums

Essex Mums is a place for Mums and Dads to make the most of family life in Essex: whether it is to find out what’s going on nearby, read opinions of the best parent & toddler groups, give and receive help and advice or just chat about your day.

Essex Outdoors

Essex Outdoors is Essex County Council’s Outdoor Education Service, delivering a range of high-quality and high-impact outdoor learning and adventurous activity courses.

Weekend and half term activity opportunities including Archery, High Ropes, Aerial Runway etc for children and young people with disabilities.

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Families Acting For Change Essex (FACE)

FACE is run by parents to represent the views and experiences of parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities and additional needs, to influence the services they receive in Essex. FACE gives access to current information and the chance to contribute to focus groups and consultations.

Family Fund

Champions an inclusive society where families with disabled children or seriously ill children have choices and the opportunity to enjoy family life.

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Inclusive Communication Essex

Supporting the communication needs of people with learning disabilities.

InterAct

InterAct enables disadvantaged people and groups to improve their lives and communities. Providing training, resources, experience and support to those with mental health issues and learning difficulties. They are committed to providing social inclusion opportunities, and provide a range of services which ‘help others to help themselves’.

iSEssex

Independent Support for Essex families of children and young people with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND).

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Just Ride

Based in Southend, Just Ride runs regular drop-in inclusive cycling sessions for people of all ages and abilities.

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Local Offer

The purpose of the Local Offer is to enable parents and young people to see more clearly what services are available for children with special educational needs and disabilities in their area, and how to access them. The Local Offer will include provision from birth to 25 across education, health and social care.

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MENCAP

Mencap is the UK’s leading learning disability charity working with people with a learning disability and their families and carers.

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National Autistic Society

Leading UK charity for people with autism.

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PACT For Autism

Charity supporting families affected by autism.

PARC

Play and Resource Centre for Children with disabilities and their families, Gt Notley, Nr Braintree.

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SAFE (Supporting Aspergers Families In Essex)

SAFE is a support group for individuals and families affected by Asperger Syndrome (AS) and High Functioning Autism (HFA) in Essex, including the unitaries of Southend and Thurrock.

SNAP (Special Needs And Parents)

Special Needs And Parents (SNAP) is a registered charity that are based in Brentwood that helps Essex families who have children aged 0 to 25 years with special needs and disabilities. The children’s disabilities are wide–ranging including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, sensory impairment, speech and language difficulties and learning disabilities.

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Upwards with Downs

Upwards with Downs is a Harlow based support group for ‘Downsyndrome Extra 21’, made up of parents of children with Downs Syndrome. If you have a child with Downs Syndrome or recently discovered that your baby has Downs Syndrome, during pregnancy or at birth, Upwards with Downs would love to hear from you.

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Whizz-Kidz

Transforming the lives of disabled children by providing the vital equipment, support and life skills they need to reach their full potential.