National Autistic Society
We are the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families. Our goal is to help transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people.
Since we started the first autism-specific school in the world in 1965, we’ve been testing out the best ways to support autistic people of all ages. Today we run residential, supported living, community day hubs, outreach, befriending, social groups and employment support services for adults as well as specialist schools, autism centres in mainstream schools and further education support for children and young people.
We are determined to share the knowledge we’ve gained over the last 50 years, so more people are able to make informed decisions about their lives. Find out about our helplines, our local, volunteer-run branches, our membership programme, our training for family members, our parent to parent service for parents and carers of autistic children and adults, and our online community, which can help you get the information and advice you need.
Our support for professionals includes training courses, conferences, consultancy and an Autism Accreditation programme to help professionals working with autistic people gain the knowledge they need. We also offer support for employers to help you to understand how to attract autistic employees into your workplace.
Our award-winning social change work helps politicians, businesses and the general public to understand autism better. Our policy campaigns help to make sure that new Government policies show a real understanding of autism. Our Access Award helps businesses and services of all sizes to become welcoming to autistic people. And we are soon to launch a new initiative to educate millions of the public about autism, based on the real experiences of thousands of autistic people and their families and friends.
We can only do what we do because of the support of thousands of people who give their time and money to help autistic people get more support, understanding and appreciation. Can you help? Sign up to donate, volunteer, become a member or campaign today. You’ll be helping some of the 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK.
Cubbie – Personalised Sensory Regulation (PSR), is an easy-to-use, immersive personal space of sound and vision for students with sensory needs, driven by software and wheelchair friendly.
In a Cubbie, students can be effectively regulated in 5, 10 or 15 minutes with a Sensory Sprint, preventing sensory overloads and enabling them to quickly return to their classrooms.
On average, schools report that before using a Cubbie, they could only manage to regulate a maximum of four students a day. However following Cubbie’s introduction, they have often been able to increase this number to more than twenty. What’s more, the Cubbie has quickly become an accepted part of school life and has helped autistic students, in particular, feel positively included.
Designed by the father of two autistic children, frustrated by the lack of effective sensory support and technology in Ireland, he set about coming up with a solution himself. Cubbie has rapidly grown in Ireland and is now available to schools in the UK.
Visit stand B0 to see Cubbie in action and learn how it’s benefiting the lives of autistic pupils from its creator, David McIntyre.
Click HERE to watch a short video of Cubbie’s story so far.
Brain in Hand
Brain in Hand is a digital self-management support system for people who need help remembering things, making decisions, planning, or managing anxiety. It’s not condition-specific, but is often used by people who are autistic, who have learning difficulties, or who are managing mental health challenges. Combining human support and digital self-management technology, Brain in Hand helps people live more independently.
Our system is approved by government departments and in use throughout health, social care and higher education settings across the UK.
A qualified specialist helps you to identify your goals, recognise strengths, and develop solutions to overcome problems. We support each of our users to get started in the right way and keep making Brain in Hand work best for you.
Simple self-management features help with managing anxiety, remembering things, planning, and making decisions. It’s all personalised on a secure web page and accessed on your phone or smart device whenever you need it.
Whenever you need some extra help, you can use a simple traffic light system to let someone know you could use some support. This could be a Brain in Hand responder, or someone who already supports you.
We help support services across the UK to achieve truly personalised, joined-up care. Working with service providers every step of the way, we ensure smooth implementation and maximum impact.
Users have control over their own independence, accessing the services they need when they need them. This allows those who support them to reach more vulnerable people within existing resources.
A combination of digital tools and human support, all based on research and evidence about what works, helps people build independence, feel more confident, manage their own difficulties, and achieve their goals.
We are working with over 60 local authorities and health teams to get the right support to the right people. With effective implementation support, we enable services to ensure each person is as independent as is right for them.
Thousands of students across 80% of UK universities use BiH through the Disabled Students’ Allowance. University teams are making the most of the system too, joining up all the right support and resources in one place.
Autism Eye, media partner of The Autism Show, offers in-depth, independent and useful information for parents and professionals.
Autism Eye is edited by Gillian Loughran and its publisher is Gillian’s husband, Mark Hayes. Not only are they both award-winning magazine editors and writers with years of experience in the UK publishing business, but they are also the parents of Finn, their beloved son, who has autism.
Autism Eye was borne out of the frustration that Gillian and Mark felt about the lack of useful and unbiased information for parents of children with ASD. Although the couple have tried a variety of interventions that have helped improve their son’s life, they found it harder than it should have been to make proper, informed judgements about how to treat their child’s autism. There has been little in-depth, rigorous coverage available about therapies and educational interventions.
Autism Eye aims to change that scenario by keeping parents informed about the best treatments for their child – and to help them avoid the worst.
SEN Magazine is a glossy, full colour magazine published every two months and packed full of interesting and authoritative features, news and articles covering all issues to do with SEN and disability. It’s essential reading for teachers, SENCOs, carers, parents, therapists and all practitioners in special needs.
- all major conditions (such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, cerebral palsy and Down’s syndrome)
- mental health
- literacy and numeracy
- visual and hearing impairments
- teaching children with special educational needs
- general issues of education, care and government legislation
- manual handling
- special schools and mainstream schools
- CPD, training and events listings
- what’s new: latest products and ideas from the world of SEN
SEN Magazine is distributed to all special schools in the UK and is available on subscription to mainstream schools. Copies are also mailed directly to our ever-growing list of subscribers and to key decision makers in local education authorities.