Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Aspergers Syndrome HFA Social Group

AS children are often left out socially and Val Schlanker, one of our parents, would like to co-ordinate a group for Asperger and high functioning children aged 9 - 13 to meet up for social activities eg. bowling, etc.
If you would like to participate with your child, please email Val on grafton_v@hotmail.com

Email Befriending


Many individuals with ASDs are skilled with IT, and prefer to communicate through the written word rather than face-to-face conversation.
Email befriending accommodates this, and is available via the NAS, aiming to reduce social isolation, broaden the range of social experiences open to individuals, and to build supportive relationships.
For more information contact alan.bicknell@nas.org.uk or visit http://www.nas.org.uk/

Travel Assistance Scheme

Travel Assistance Scheme

This service is available to all disabled people in London to give them the confidence to use public transport.
It offers Travel Mentors to provide advice and a maximum of ten accompanied journeys.
As Travel mentors are not allowed to act as support workers they will not push wheelchairs or carry shopping.
The service is available Mon-Fri 8am-6pm and is free of charge. For more information call 020 7027 5822 or email Travel.Assistance@tfl-buses.co.uk

Kidscape Bullying Workshops

Bullying Workshops

Kidscape offer workshops for children who are being bullied at school.
Most of the workshops are held in London and they are free. Parents can book their child on a course by contacting Kidscape.
A high percentage of participants are on the autistic spectrum. More information on http://www.kidscape.org.uk/zap/index.asp

Autiplan software

Autiplan is is web-based calendar software designed with ASD needs in mind. It features a wide choice of pictorial images to display and print out in a daily schedule.
It is only requires a web browser to access it after registering, and the basic version is free for private use by families.
Further information http://www.autiplan.com/

Disability Student Allowance

Disability Student Allowance not to be confused with Disability Living Allowance

DSAs are available to full and part time students of all ages to help pay for anything that would aid studying, such as equipment and transport.
A diagnostic assessment is mandatory to prove eligibility.
Students are encouraged to make applications early to avoid delays when starting courses.
Apply online at www.direct.gov.uk/student finance or request further information by contacting communitycare@nas.org.uk. Please note that DSAs are not repayable.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Winter Holiday playschemes December 2010

Are you aware that there are winter holiday playschemes? Well nor did i until i got it through the post!! There are five short break schemes happening all over Hackney this year
The Huddleston Centre 02089859089 contact Cassandra Delisser or Nick Davies 0208 985 9089
Kids Adventure Playground 0207 014 7109 contact the short breaks team
Laburnum Boat Club 0207 729 2915 contact Charlotte Walker
Step by Step 020 8806 4130 ext 58 or 59
Tyssen Primary School, Autism Resource Base 0208 806 4130 contact Verona de Medeiros
Please note this is a one off service and will not count towards your 100 hours

Extra support is also available during the school holidays and throughout the Short Breaks year with our 1-1 services that offer individual play support in the home and community.
Amonet 0207 093 4710  contact Nicole Veeramootoo
Ezer Leyoldos 0208 880 2488 contact Toby Berger
Kids Outreach 0208 806 6149 contact Michael Singh
Resources for Autism 0208 458 3259 contact Liza Dresner
This will be included in your 100 hours
To get more information or to sign up your child/ren onto a service, you need to contact the services directly

Gatwick and Special Needs

Gatwick has opened a new dedicated channel through passport control for children and adults with special needs and disabilities- particularly if they have any special equipment like wheelchairs. To speed up the process, they now have better technology to scan special equipment/ metal framing. But you should also tell your airline when booking travel.


Autism Suppport Services Helpline

Helpline 0845 603 79 54

runs from 10.30am ti 3.30pm Monday to Friday. It offers confidential impartial information and support to parents and other family members, individuals and voluntary and statutory organisation. They have a wide ranging database of information and fact sheets that we can send out to you on request. Some of the queries coming through the helpline this quarter have highlighted the ongoing difficulties carers face.

Angel Shed Theatre: Looking for new recruits:Islington

Angel Shed theatre has just opened its application process. They are welcoming new application to join both the Children and Youth Theatre Groups

If you are aged between 7 and 16 and would like to join them on a Thursday evening at city and islington College to enjoy an hour or of creativity, fun and confidence building then get in touch.

Tel 07910 822 412
email info@angelshedtheatre.org.uk

Autism Friendly Performance: The Snow Queen

Polka Theatre World Class Theatre for Children presents Snow Queen for children aged 6-11

autism friendly performance on Thursday 30 December at 11am
The performance  duration is 1hr and 45 mins tickets £14/£10

check out the website


Please note this theatre is based in Wimbledon SW London

Monday, 13 December 2010

Christmas Film Classics at Stoke Newington Town Hall 20/12/2010

A day of festive film fun, grab some popcorn and watch amazing Christmas classics on 20th December 2010 . The films are
Elf (11am)
White Christmas (2pm)
Its a Wonderful Life (7.30pm)

Stoke Newington Town Hall
Church Street
N16 0JR

for info contact

Panto Season

the Christmas period is now apon as and therefore there are loads of pantos in store for those that love them!!

Check out the usual suspects
Hackney Empire: Jack and the Beanstalk
Runs on to the 9th Jan 2011


Most schools take their students to this but incase if you want to watch it again