Agencies providing advice, support and information

  • ADDISS – The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information & Support Service 
    People friendly information and resources to anyone who needs assistance.
    Tel: 020 8952 2800 Web: 


  • Advisory Centre for Education - Online advice on special educational needs.


  • AFASIC - A parent-led organisation to help children and young people with speech and language impairments and their families including a helpline, publications, support groups, online message boards.
    Tel: 0300 666 9410 Web:


  • Ambitious About Autism – national charity for children and young people with autism, provide services including online community and specialist education through the Treehouse School.
    Tel: 020 8815 5444 Web: 


  • Autism Anglia: Based in Colchester offers advice and support and direction to families across Essex who are affected by autism. Website includes information about autism and also information about the Autism Alert Card free to anyone with autism which helps the police and emergency services quickly identify they are dealing with someone with autism.
    Tel: 01206 577 678 Web:

  • Cambian Group - Leading UK provider of specialist services in education, mental health, rehabilitation and learning disabilities.
    Tel: 0800 138 1418 Web:


  • Contact a Family Helpline: UK wide charity providing advice, information, support for parents of children with disabilities. Also enable parents to get in contact with other families both on a local and national level.
    Tel: 0808 808 3555 Web: 


  • IPSEA:  Registered charity offering free and independent advice to parents of children with special educational needs on local authorities legal duties to assess and provide for children with special educational needs, actions or inaction by local authorities and schools which discriminate against children with disabilities, exclusion of children with special need. 
    Tel: 0800 018 4016 Web:


  • National Autistic Society: Information on Autism and Aspergers including support groups, respite services, diagnosis, therapeutic approaches etc.
    Tel: 0808 800 4104  Web:


  • Parents for Inclusion: Helpline offering advice, listening, referrals for families trying to achieve mainstream education for their disabled children. Web: 

  • Scottish Autism: Help and Advice:An organisation dedicated to enriching the lives of people with autism. Includes advice, knowledge share seminars, online parent support programme and interactive website about autism  
    Tel: 01259 222022 Web: -


  • SAFE (Supporting Asperger Families in Essex): Parent support groups which meet in the Colchester, Chelmsford, Basildon and Southend areas on a regular basis.


  • SNAP (Special Needs and Parents): registered charity that helps Essex families who have children with special needs and disabilities. Aim to encourage and support parents so that they can grow in strength and knowledge and become better equipped to give positive help to their children
    Tel: 01277 211 300 Web: -

Useful websites

109 Irish Street Dumfries DG1 2NP 

01387 266667 (please note this line is not manned 24/7)

07387 874201 (Text)

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