Registered Charity Number  1179383

 

Autism Support Crawley are working together with Healthwatch West Sussex, to help GP surgeries in the Crawley area to become more Autism friendly.  Making small easy to implement changes that make a huge difference to our ASD kids/adults during their visit to the doctors.  

 

Below are links to some of the main agencies available for Support/Information for carers & those we care for.  Information on these and other agencies can also be found on The Local Offer.      

Annakennedyonline is dedicated to promoting the inclusion and equality of children and adults with a disability throughout society. The charity promotes its mission of disability equality by developing and sponsoring training, by raising awareness of the challenges faced by people with disabilities and also by its advocacy efforts with and on behalf of people with disabilities.

Anna Kennedy online is pleased to announce a new helpline number 07710 597457
The service will be manned by trained call handlers between 9.30am and 4pm Monday to Friday.                        

Thumbs Up World Ltd are offering a range of products all which have a common theme of interaction, communication, fun and learning through awareness.  Their range is unique, affordable and most of all, fun.  They create a sense of adventure in daily lives. Each of their products has been designed with children in mind, ensuring they are easy to use, supportive and encouraging.

Information & support to help families get the right education for their children and young adults with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND)

Robert Hayes has many years experience in advising on which benefits to apply for, correctly completing forms and support with appeals/tribunials.                       

Information that will help if your child is excluded from school either fixed period or permanently.

Information on finding support andguidance for children/young adults with Special Educational Needs and Disability.d y

Request an education, health and care (EHC) assessment. An education, health and care (EHC) plan is for children and young people aged up to 25 who need more support in school than is normally available through special educational needs support.

West Sussex Portage Service works along side parents offering practical help and ideas to encourage a child's emerging skills.  These include, moving, learning, playing, being with people and sharing routine activities of everyday life.

The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is asingle point of contact for all safeguarding concerns regarding children and young people in West Sussex which includes front door access for Early Help.

The Springboard Project is a community based charity that provides inclusive play and leisure opportunities for families with young children and fun short breaks for children and teenagers with disabilities. Springboad Houses are open as drop-in centres for any family to bring their children and enjoy our play facilities .   Their coffee mornings are a great opportunity to meet with other parents in the area.  The centres are accessible with ceiling hoists,changing facilities and lifts.

ADHD West Sussex - Crawley and Hurspierpoint Branch, are a parent led volunteer group, supporting parents, carers, professionals and individuals with ADHD across West Sussex.

Their aim is to grow understanding and awareness, to help wth everyday challenges, whilst recognising the unique colourful characteristics ADHD brings to our world.


West Sussex Parent Carer Forum is for parents and carers of children and young people aged 0 - 25 with learning difficulties and disabilities.  Run by parents.                

Carers Support provide free, confidential,  impartial information and support to carers in a wide range of areas.  Including training, benefits, support groups/drop in sessions, wellbeing grants, carer assessments and a lot more.  

Autism Sussex provide support, including a telephone helpline, courses and groups for autistic children/adults and siblings.                                  

The National Autistic Society is the leading UK charity for people with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome. They provide support, information and services, as well as campaigning to create a better world for people with Autism.             

Information Advice & Support Services Network,(Formerly Parent Partnership), provide impartial advice and information to parents and carers of children who have special educational needs.  Tel: 0845 075 1008                     

Reaching Families empowers families of children with special needs by providing fact sheets, counselling and training.  Their book 'Making Sense of it all', is a parent-carer guide for families living in West Sussex.                                                                  

Advice for passengers with hidden disabilities, or their carers, travelling through Gatwick Airport

Airport journeys can be stressful for many people, especially if you are unsure of what to expect on the day. Here you can find advice to help vulnerable adults and parents/ carers who are travelling with children and vulnerable adults whose difficulties may not be immediately apparent to our staff.

If you have speech or communication difficulties, registering for a Sussex Police Pegasus card could help you in an emergency, communicating for you when you can't

The details you give about your self  and your difficulties are held on a secure database & can be accessed by the police when you show them your card or quote your unique pin number over the phone. 

Jigsaw Occupational Therapy Limited is a specialist provider for children and young people living in the South East of England. Their dedicated assessment and sensory integration therapy centre is the first and only one of it's kind in Sussex.

Jigsaw Occupational Therapy was founded in order to offer more effective and personalised assessment and therapy specifically designed around each individual child and young person's needs.

Theywork with children and young people experiencing a wide array of profound and multiple disabilities. Some of these conditions include; cerebral palsy, autism and Asperger's syndrome, sensory processing disorders, acquired brain injuries, motor coordination difficulties and learning disabilities.

Independent Lives provides a range of support services for disabled people, those with care needs and caring responsibilities to enable them to lead full, active and independent lives. Their core work focuses on providing a Direct Payments support service to help people arrange and manage their own personalised care and support.  

They also work to give disabled people a voice on the issues that are important to them by raising awareness, challenging misconceptions and influencing policy, so that together they can break down barriers and work towards a society where disabled people and carers have the same opportunities as everyone else.      

Home visiting support is at the heart of what Home-Start do and it has remained at the core of their service since 1973.  Home-Start volunteers help families facing isolation, including respite &  whole range of other services.

 After meeting with the family to discuss their specific needs, Home-Start will match the family to a volunteer.  The help they give each family is unique and depends entirely on their circumstances, requirements and what they want help with.                                        

Healthwatch West Sussex exists to make health and care services work for the people who use them.   They give people across West Sussex the opportunity to have their say about health and care services. They are an independent organisation but they have a statutory voice, meaning commissioners and providers have to listen to people through them.                  

Part of Dimensions, Outreach 3 Way is a Sussex charity with a strong local reputation that provides support for people with learning disabilities and autism in East and West Sussex.

As a group of young adults with special needs we have taken the initiative to create our own business. Our work makes us smile and we hope our bakes will make you smile too!  We aim to make awesome tasting bakes that will make people happy. Our packaging will be funky and bright. We want to inspire other adults like us. Our bakery will produce ”Special Bakes by Special People”.

Renaissance Legal specialise in working with families and carers of disabled and vulnerable individuals.  Helping them plan effectively with their Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorney, Court of Protection applications and Inheritance Tax planning.