GENERAL SERVICE & SUPPORT PAGES
THE NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY
- Education Rights Service 0808 800 4102
- Autism Helpline 0808 800 4104
- Parent-to-Parent Service 0808 800 4106
Our helplines are now free from landlines and most mobiles: 3, O2, Orange, T-mobile, Virgin and Vodafone.
The Autism Helpline: For people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, family members and carers, offering impartial and confidential advice, information and support around autism and related issues, including local support and services, diagnosis, early intervention, therapies and behaviour management. People can also book telephone appointments with our Welfare Rights and Community Care services via the Autism Helpline.
NAS Welfare Rights Service: Providing advice, information and support on all aspects of social security benefit entitlement. This includes advice on benefit entitlement, general advice on completing claim forms, what to do if a decision is wrong and how to appeal to a tribunal
NAS Community Care Service: Providing advice and information on accessing support from local authorities and health services, Individual and Personal Budgets, transition, support and care plans, and how to make complaints.
NAS Parent to Parent Service: Our confidential telephone service providing emotional support for parents and carers of an adult or child on the autism spectrum. A message can be left on the 24 hour answer phone and a volunteer will then call back as soon as possible, at a time which suits, including evenings and weekends
NAS Education Rights Service: Providing advice and support on educational provisionand entitlements throughout the UK. Our trained volunteers will guide parents and carers through education law and support them through what can often be a complex and difficult process. They also help parents prepare appeals to educational tribunals.
CHESHIRE EAST COUNCIL
http://www.thelifecloud.net/schools/CheshireEastCouncil/spaces/SpecialistTeachingTeam/ This Website will take you to different links to very different specialist teaching teams within Cheshire East
PARENT PARTNERSHIP NOW Cheshire East Information, Advice and Support OR CEIAS
The Parent Partnership Service helps parents and carers whose children have special educational needs, from pre-school age until they leave school.
We support parents across the region. If you or your child’s teacher think there may be a special educational need, we may be able to help.
Many children have difficulties learning at some stage of their school life and parents need information to help them make decisions about their child’s education. We can explain how the education system works and how pre-schools, schools and local authorities aim to meet special educational needs.
CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
Tel now 01625 712042 (0-16)
01625 712054 (16-19) www.cwp.nhs.uk/services-and-locations/services/east-Cheshire-16-19-Camhs/
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Assisting children and adolescents to cope with mental health to reach their full potential. They serve the Macclesfield and Congleton areas. They do not take self referrals but do take referrals from GP’s, Schools and Health and Social Care teams.
CHESHIRE AUTISM TEAM (CEAT)
Working within East Cheshire. The main role of the team is to support the work of schools with pupils with autistic spectrum disorders and to develop the confidence and expertise of the staff.
library visits now only available Tuesday & Thursday mornings at 9-12.
Appointment number with contact as Clare O’Connor 01270 685960
CEAT also visit Cheshire & Warrington Carers Coffee Mornings and Space4Autism drop in – see their websites for more information.
At YouinMind.org we believe finding mental health support should be easy, no matter how old you are, what you need or where you live.
We work in partnership with NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, Local Authorities and mental health service organisations to provide communities with easy, free access to a wide range of mental health services and support online.
We launched in 2017 with the NHS CCG’s and Local Authorities across Cheshire and hope to expand across the UK throughout 2018.
The Living Autism Directors are dedicated to improving services for individuals with autism. With over 60 years of collective experience in providing autism services, Living Autism have a great understanding of this complex sector. http://livingautism.co.uk/
Things to know about our placement services
This site is dedicated to helping you find the best available support. We know that it can be difficult to sort through the various information available whether you are looking for a diagnosis, or post-diagnosis support. Living Autism does this work for you. Where possible we will offer a shortlist of suitable services and if they are a validated member you know we have checked they do what they say they do.
AUTISM SERVICES DIRECTORY
A place to find more or less anything you are looking for related to Autism. Gives out website and contact details of other organisations and agencies. www.autism.org.uk/directory.aspx
CHESHIRE WEST AND CHESTER BRANCH NAS Website
AUTISTIC SOCIETY GREATER MANCHESTER AREA
B.I.R.D – BRAIN INJURY REHABILITATION AND LEARNING DEVELOPMENT
The term “brain injury” covers a huge variety of conditions. At BIRD, we make no distinction between types of brain injury and aim to treat people of all ages and all levels of severity.
Many people with brain injury are born with the problem due to genetic reasons or complications during pregnancy and birth. Other people suffer trauma during their life from accidents, assaults and natural disorders such as strokes. www.b-i-r-d.org.uk
ChAPS – Cheshire Autism Practical Support
Cheshire Autism Practical Support – Supporting families with Autistic Spectrum Conditions.
(SENDIST) Special Educational Needs & Disability Tribunal
2 Oak Green Business Park, Earl Road, Cheadle, Sk8 6QL – 0300 303 8845
CONTACT A FAMILY
are the only UK-wide charity providing advice, information and support to the parents of all disabled children.
MACCLESFIELD DISABILITY BUREAU
The Disability Information Bureau is staffed by volunteers with first hand experience of disability and provides a free and confidential service on all aspects of disability to disabled people, carers, friends and professionals.
Pierce st, Macclesfield, SK11 6ER 01625 501759
ALTERNATIVE FUTURE GROUP
Who we are
Founded in 1992, by Matthew Clarke, we are a large charitable organisation, passionate about providing Person Centred support to adults with learning disabilities and mental health needs. We are a major employer in the North West of England with a team of around 2500 people who provide a range of support to approximately 900 individuals, normally living within their own homes
CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE
C4EO’s work on Disability supports Directors of Children’s Services and their Children’s Trust partners by providing the knowledge, data and tailored support they may need to help improve outcomes for disabled children and their families.
KIDZ to ADULTZ NORTH
Being able to communicate is one of the most important skills we need in life. Almost everything we do involves communication; everyday tasks such as learning at school, asking for food and drink, sorting out problems, making friends and having fun. These all rely on our ability to communicate with each other.
AUTISM AFTER 16
COUNCIL FOR DISABLED CHILDREN
The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is the umbrella body for the disabled children’s sector in England, with links to other UK nations.
CHESHIRE DYLEXIA ASSOCIATION
Within this site you will find many useful links to dyslexia related information and other websites, including the national body for dyslexia (British Dyslexia Association).
We are the UK’s largest provider of grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people. We help ease the additional pressures families face. We can help with essential items such as washing machines, fridges and clothing but can also consider grants for sensory toys, computers and much needed family breaks together
The Macclesfield Relief-in-Sickness Fund
ProACT – Autism Consultancy and Training
ProACT have a team of highly-qualified professionals and consultants with over 50 years experience in autism, health, social care and education to meet all your autism and other training requirements
For other resources from Carers UK see this page of their website:- http://carers.org.uk also see their Carers Rights Guide – Carers Rights Guide – Carers UK
Jenni Elliott – Education Support Access Officer Macclesfield Town Hall, Market Place, Macclesfield SK10 1EA 01625374241 / 07767481849 Jenni.Elliott@cheshireeast.gov.uk
A unique service that provides vulnerable young people, who have emotional or mental health problems, with support when they need it most.
Kooth was developed to provide PCTs, local authorities and GPs with the resource, expertise and support to provide help to young people most at risk and crucially, prevent them from entering the care system. It engages with hard-to-reach young people in a way that other services can’t.
Kooth provides users with a free, confidential, safe and above allanonymous way to ask for help. It’s currently available to over half a million 11-25 year olds in England and Wales and is now operational in 15geographical areas.
Kooth is a transformational lifeline that has successfully helped and continues to reach the very vulnerable, many of whom would never have access to face-to-face counselling.
AUTISM FRIENDLY SHOE FITTINGS
John Lewis Cheadle have an autism friendly shoe fitting service. Should you wish to use this service ring 0161 491 8775 for an appointment, Jane Mellor in particular has had a lot of experience fitting shoes for autistic children.
CHESHIRE YOUNG CARERS
CHESHIRE EAST PARENT CARER FORUM
http://cepcf.org/resources/useful-links/health/ This website provides useful links and resources of Services that provide support for Individuals with ASC (Autistic Spectrum Conditions)
‘Living with autism isn’t easy, but finding out all about it should be. www.autismlinks.co.uk covers who to talk to, where to go and contains lots of helpful advice all in one place.’
Who are Respect For All Counselling?
We offer counselling and play therapy to people who have learning disabilities, Aspergers, autism spectrum conditions, and their families and carers. We also offer counselling for bereavement and loss, abuse, domestic violence, depression and relationship issues. http://www.respectforall.org.uk/counselling/
Learning Assessment and Neurocare Centre (LANC), a new centre at 50a Alderley Road, Wilmslow. 01403 240002 email info.lanc.uk.com
LANC provides assessments and management for neurodevelopmental disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism
Just Drop-In Youth Info & Advice Ltd
14 Duke Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 6UR
You’re always welcome to Just Drop-In
The Drop-In is open six days a week where volunteers offer young people a friendly and supportive environment. Volunteers provide information or practical advice for those with specific problems such as employment, money or accommodation.
Counselling Directory was set up by a team who know how difficult it can be to find support. Through our own experiences of mental health issues, we have learnt how important having relevant information is and how the right support can help transform lives. Our team is passionate about counselling and we want to promote the huge benefits talk therapy can have. http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/
A social and access group run by and for people with long term health conditions or impairments. They hold month get togethers and varied social events
Email: email@example.com Web: www.1nclu5ive.org.uk
All about you…well being support in Congleton
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call sue on 07904985959
Support people to have healthy relationships. Free & confidential. Provider of condom distribution.
01270 653150 Health@bpcnw.co.uk Www.bpcnw.co.uk
Bridgend centre bollington Open to all providing Community support
Tel 01625 576311 Info@bridgendcentre.org.uk Www.bridgendcentre.org.uk
104 Palmerston Street, bollington. Sk105PW
Mind Macclesfield. Offer a range of services for people with mental health. Social and drop in facilities, lunch clubs, employment support, form completion, benefits and housing advice.
Monday to Thursday 9.30-4pm, Friday 9.30-3pm Contact Jayne Phillips. 01625 500644
PRIVATE OT (Occupational Therapist) – recommended by a parent
Jess Quinn (OT inc. Sensory issues)
Children’s Choice Therapy Services Ltd
PRIVATE SALT (Speech and Language Therapist) recommended by parents
David Reiser, would recommend him http://www.myspeechtherapy.co.uk
Helen Chesters – http://www.includecheshire.co.uk
Provide a single point of access for both young and adult carers who provide care to a friend, family member or neighbour living in Cheshire East
Office: 0300 303 0208
Mobile: 07384 460 925
Registered Charity Number: 1128809
Registered in England: 6845210
AUTISM NETWORKS – CREWE
Autism Networks (A.N)
Prince Albert Street
The Autism Networks Resource Centre is situated in the town centre of Crewe, Cheshire close to the library, Lifestyle Centre and police station.
The Centre consists of a lounge, large play area, art room, kitchen, sensory room, ball pool and two large halls.
Autism Friendly Businesses
Alexandria Way, Off Barn Road,
Off Barn Road, Congleton, CW12 1LB
Quite a dark and small swimming pool, friendly for children with sensory difficulties
Alistair at Headcase in Congleton
He does an autism friendly salon on the last Sunday of the month
BLUE BADGE SCHEME
The Blue Badge Scheme is for children and adults with severe mobility problems. It allows them to park close to their desination.
Apply through your local authority (there is a small fee).
DISABLED PERSONS BUS PASS
Free bus travel
Older and disabled people are entitled to free bus travel. You are eligible if you are visually impaired, profoundly deaf, are without speech, have a learning difficulty, mobility difficulties and loss of arms.
The scheme is operated differently in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
- Northern Ireland– free travel for blind, over 60’s (all of Ireland) and war disabled, half price fare for learning disabled, partially signed, those receiving the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance, and those refused a driving license on medical grounds.
To apply contact your local authority.
DISABLED PERSONS RAIL CARD
Save 1/3 on most adult rail fares • 10% discount Calendonian Sleeper • Discounts with Wightlink, Red Funnel and Stena Line • Up to 50% discount on Haven Holidays
Available for £20 a year (£54 for 3 years) to those on disability related benefits, registered deaf or use a hearing aid, registered visually impaired or have epilespsy.
To apply: download
an application form or visit local manned station.
Reduced or free tolls
Toll concessions are available for the disabled at river crossings,bridges and tunnels.
Unfortunately, conditions vary from applying for vouchers if you are in receipt of higher rate Disability Living Allowance, holding a Blue Badge, or having a registered disabled vehicle (on Tax disc).
Dennis Meszaros local to Macclesfield and his contact details are 01625 616119 or Dennismeszaros2008@hotmail.co.uk
After passing your driving test he can also do Pass Plus– advisable as it reduced his insurance
DISABILITY LIVING ALLOWANCE
Disability Living Allowance – sometimes referred to as DLA – is a tax-free benefit for disabled children and adults who need someone to help look after them, or have walking difficulties.
BENEFIT APPEAL INFORMATION
Click here for more information Benefits appeals – dla-aa-pip-2013 If you cannot open attachment please email email@example.com and we will send it directly to you.
COUNCIL TAX REDUCTION
Direct payments are local council payments for people who have been assessed as needing help from social services, and who would like to arrange and pay for their own care and support services instead of receiving them directly from the local council. A person must be able to give their consent to getting direct payments and manage them, even if they need daily help to do this.
PIPS – Personal Independent Payments
From 2013 the Government is proposing to introduce a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment for eligible working age people aged 16 to 64 to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
Carer’s Allowance is a taxable benefit to help people who look after someone who is disabled. You do not have to be related to, or live with, the person that you care for.
THERAPY AND TEACHING SERVICE
Teacher of Children with Autism, private tuition, and also advice regardingbehaviour management. please email her on firstname.lastname@example.org
– Sharon is the Consultant for SPACE for Kids.
Kaye Davies on 01625 266409 or email email@example.com or post to: Children’s Therapy Team, Chester House, 68 Chestergate, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6DY www.ctteam.co.uk
Mark Redgrave is a very experienced play therapist and has worked with children for many years, if that helps. We are an independent service, based in Northwich. Tel 01606 40195, www.mosaicchildrenstherapy.co.uk
RESPITE/CARE AND EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES
LEISURE AND ACTIVITY SERVICES
run by Space4Autism – check out this website for more information
CARERS TRUST 4ALL CROSSROADS CARE SERVICES
http://www.carerstrust4all.org.uk/ offers a wide range of high quality support services for carers and the people they look after. Also run Social Skills Clubs, Activity Clubs for children
CENTRAL CHESHIRE BUDDIES SCHEME
Providing Activities For Disabled Children and Young People
http://cheshirebuddies.co.uk/ Central Cheshire buddy Scheme is a registered charity (number 1160519) which supports children and young people with disabilities to access a range of activities which they would not normally have the opportunity to be involved with.
SPECIAL PEOPLE NORTH
One of our members runs Special Special People North – Joy Daglish
is a voluntary organisation providing home and community support for children, young people and adults with learning and/or physical disabilities including:The Trust is based in Cheadle, Cheshire and operates across the county, Greater Manchester and beyond. For further information visit our website or call 0161 283 4781 email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.togethertrust.org.uk
THE BREN PROJECT
is a charitable organisation based in Chester offering people with learning disabilities the opportunity to experience supportive work placements throughout Cheshire.We want the people that we support to enjoy the experience, feel comfortable and accomplished, and take pride in becoming part of the workforce. The Bren Project is moving into the East Cheshire area and have spaces available for the 2011 project. Please see website for more information and contact directly. www.brenproject.org.uk
CYGNET HEALTH CARE
Cygnet Health Care is one of the UK’s largest independent providers of mental health treatment and associated care services. We also offer autism services and elderly care, and continue to establish new services each year, responding to the changing demands of service users and commissioners. www.cygnethealth.co.uk
also see events tool for things going on.
A childcare introductory service that recruits, screens and trains care-workers www.cool2care.co.uk
FRIENDS FOR LEISURE
Friends for Leisure arranges a number of activities, ranging from one-to-one friendships through to group activities such as drama and sports sessions.We also help our children and young people access activities of their choice, with or without a volunteer friend. www.friendsforleisure.org.uk
Craegmoor is the country’s leading independent provider of support for people with learning disabilities, autism, complex needs, mental health problems as well as older people.
PAWS – Dogs for the Disabled
FAMILIES (was Mums in the Know Macclesfield)
Families wants to share this brilliant government initiative that will help give your kids a great start in life, free of charge.
Holidays and Short Breaks
Hi my name is Shaun Atkinson I own the Bond hotel group in Blackpool I am sure you are aware of our SPECIALIST SHORT BREAKS. 2 years we introduced our own CQC registered care team enabling customers to have care whilst they are here. Over the years we have amassed a great deal of experience and training of all kinds of impairments, disabilities and illnesses ranging from MS to Autism to Parkinsons to Stroke Victims to people living with dementia to Learning Disabilities and Mental Health issues. I feel confident that my staff could cater for any disability confidently and sympathetically and alongside a personalised care package everyone could have a great short break. This makes us popular with families who wih to spend quality time with the person living with a disability whilst having a break themselves. If you require any more information please email me back I feel sure you have many members who would love to be aware and use our services
Shaun Atkinson – Bond Hotel Group, 120 Bond Street, Blackpool, FY4 1HG, tele 01253 341218 website www.bondhotel.co.uk
We lend tandems to (and only to) people with disabilities or special needs for free, who are unable to ride a bike safely on their own, so that they can enjoy the wonders of cycling. Sorry, our tandems are not for paid hire or available to non disabled people, for charity rides, no matter how worthy the cause. Our borrowers are both children and adults. Tandems are a fun and safe way to get out and about as friends, a couple, family or group. They are available for hire for a couple of a months at a time. CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION http://charlottestandems.weebly.com/
Macclesfield Garden Centre
The Centre has been designed to give disabled adults the opportunity to gain work based experience and learn horticultural skills in a safe environment.
is an inclusive session for young people and their families to get active. Join us for multi-sport activities or enjoy the soft play facilities. Contact
Seals Fun Swimming – Macclesfield Leisure Centre
Free swimming with lifeguards and helpers in the pool For further details contact see website website www.macclesfieldseals.org
The phone number is 01625 429967
CRICKET COACHING FOR PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY
Regular coaching sessions on Wednesdays 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm at Winnington Park Cricket Club, Park Road, Winnington, Northwich, CW8 4EB.
Carers go free
This is a national card providing concessionary cinema tickets for carers accompanying a disabled person to the cinemas across the UK.
The card is valid for one year and costs £5.50.
The application is made by the disabled person who must be either in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or registered as blind.
To apply download an application form and return to The Card Network, Network House, St Ives Way, Sandycroft, CH5 2QS
THE LOWRY – MANCHESTER
The Lowry Theatre in Manchester do free carers tickets for all performances, you need to ring the box office to book instead of booking on line.
Camp Mohawk is a multi-functional day centre for special needs children, set in 5 acres of beautiful countryside, just outside Wargrave, Berkshire. Throughout the year the centre provides a range of activities, facilities and natural space to encourage children with a variety of special needs to play, socialise and learn in a secure and caring environment.
RIDING FOR THE DISABLED
At RDA, our horses and ponies provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities all over the UK. Our network of 500 volunteer groups organise activities such as riding, carriage driving, vaulting and showjumping to up to 28,000 people each year.
SEASHELL TRUST (CADS)
CADS (Children’s Able and Disabled Sport) is a series of unique sport, heath and leisure activities organised by the Seashell Trust, in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire. The activites are for both able and disabled children and young adults. Making sport fully inclusive is important to us, and that aim is reflected in our events and throughout our website.
Software for Children
Jump Space is a unique specialist Trampolining, Rebound Therapy and Play centre. We are a family orientated activity provider whose main target group are children and young people with disabilities; we are open to all and actively encourage whole family participation
FREE Rough Guide to Accessible Britain if you hold a Blue Badge, Disabled Person’s Railcard or you’re a Motability customer. Usual cost £6.99.
To obtain your book either download a form
or telephone 0800 953 7070. For large print or Braille versions of the guide telephone 0800 953 7070.
Haven Holidays work in association with Motability, the Charity, to offer customer savings on Haven family holidays and short breaks, you can save up to 15% outside of school holidays and 5% in school holiday periods
Free or reduced charges and fees
Joining your local library is free. For disabled users there is usually a reduced (sometimes free) library charges for computer access, audio and visual material and for fees on overdue books.
The concessionary rate and the eligibility requirements vary between local authorities. Evidence of disability or benefits received may be required.
Free access to Attractions
The Max Card provides free access for looked-after children, their friends and family to attractions across the UK.
Although originally set up for looked-after children some Local Authorities are now using the scheme for children and young people in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
To check whether your Local Authority is participating in the scheme check here
. If not, recommend your authority using the on-line form.
Carer goes free • Free access guide
The National Trust are able to issue a companions free entre card “Admit One” for the carer. It is issused to the disabled person so that it can be used for different carers.
To obtain an “Admit One” card e-mail the disabled person’s name and address to email@example.com or telephone: 0793 817634
The National Trust publish an excellent Access Guide to their properties which can be downloaded from their website as a complete book or in individual regional guides. A hardbook copy is available in standard and large print, CD and tape.
Adventures Are Us Ltd are specialists in out door adventures – Space4Autism have used them 3 times for residential trips and they have been wonderful with our members. We can highly recommend them for any residential or daily outward bound activities. www.AdventuresAreUs.com
All4u Cheshire based in middlewich british legion club. A social club for adults with special needs aged 18-80, their parents and carers. All events 7pm and 9.30pm
Contact Dave or Carol on 01477 532403 Email: all4uCheshire@hotmail.co.uk
Good company activity group. A weekly social group for disabled adults ages 19+ in Cheshire east. Activities take place on & off site with lots of activities.
Contact: Siobhan Oldroyd tel 01606331853 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Treating Autism exists to help people with autism and their families reach their potential and live life free of discomfort, anxiety and pain.
The Autism Treatment Trust
LEGAL AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
IPSEA is a national charity providing free legally based advice to families who have children with special educational needs. All our advice is given by trained volunteers
INCLUSIVE CHOICE CONSULTANCY
Inclusive Choice Consultancy provides unforgettable, high quality, and enjoyable training in the Equality Act, with outstanding aftercare.
THE ALLIANCE FOR INCLUSIVE EDUCATION
We are a national campaigning and information-sharing network led by disabled people. We campaign for all disabled learners to have the right to access and be supported in mainstream education. ALLFIE believes that education should support the development of physical, vocational and academic abilities through mixed-ability tuition in mainstream schools so that all students have the opportunity to build relationships with one another. We believe that a fully inclusive education system will benefit everyone
David Phillips- SEN Adviser & Tribunal Representative
OTHER INFORMATIVE SITES
THE AUTISM TRUST
The Autism File Global – lots of information and videos wot watch – set up by Polly Tommy from The Autism Trust www.autismfile.com
Autscape is a conference with a difference. Rather than talking to a primarily non-autistic audience about autism, this conference is specifically by and for
autistic people http://www.autscape.org/blue/
Kidz up North
a quarterly positive parenting magazine aimed at families with young children on the autism spectrum. www.aukids.co.uk
bracelets for children and adults, you can put on personal messages ie name/address etc www.icegems.co.uk
European Services for People with Autism
Action for Autistic Spectrum Disorders’
works to help people with autistic spectrum disorders live their lives with as much independence as possible by offering advice and support to all who need it.
ASD related Internet Resources for Children and Adults
Cheshire & Warrington Carers Trust https://www.facebook.com/groups/140053222555/
Disability Awareness Advocacy Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/edpcamp/
Autism Awareness – This group is intended as a forum for people interested in autism to connect and network. The information, views and recommendations or endorsements expressed by users of this group do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or recommendations or endorsements of the Autism Society.
The Autism Trust – We recognise the immense gap that exists between the demand for and current availability of existing residential and professional support options once children with autism leave supported education in the UK. Our goal as The Autism Trust is to provide this through the development of a network of consistently outstanding and innovative outreach centres for autism. We consider it essential that each of these Centres of Excellence not only provides help and support to individuals with autism but also to their families and those involved with their care, support, ongoing education and development.