Partners & Sponsors

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.

For more information call 020 7833 2299, email nas@nas.org.uk, or visit www.autism.org.uk.

Mike Ayres

We design and create multi-sensory environments, sensory studios, soft play rooms and safe rooms for anyone with additional and special needs. The company offers a complete service, from beginning to completion and ongoing maintenance. We also manufacture switch access systems and have an extensive mail order catalogue of multi-sensory products.

Mike Ayres is a professional designer with 30 years experience in creating equipment and environments for people with special needs.

He was instrumental in introducing the Dutch concept of ‘Snoezelen’ into Britain in the 1980’s. Since then he has worked on multi-sensory concepts, environments and products for care and education. This web site features many of Mike’s original projects.

He continues to work on new concepts for whole buildings, individual environments and products, working with architects, project teams, educationalists and professionals in the caring industry. He aims to design and produce the very best equipment and environments for people with special needs and to enable everyone to function successfully in an inclusive environment.

For more information call 01359 251 551, email enquiries@mikeayresdesign.co.uk, or visit www.mikeayresdesign.co.uk.

OM Interactive

OMI is a leading UK developer and provider of motion activated interactive sensory systems, Their unique gesture controlled systems deliver multiple benefits for individuals with ASD. Used as controlled stimuli, it is encouraging learning through imitation, improving communication, increasing attention span, self-awareness, reducing stress and more.

Founded in 2005, OMi is a pioneer in the design, development and supply of gesture-controlled interactive technology for the education, health, special needs and leisure sectors. OMi systems provide an incredibly powerful tool that can inspire and engage people of all ages – fun whilst learning.

OMi gesture–controlled systems are developed from a fusion of art and science, combining images, colour, movement and sounds to create motion-activated solutions for virtual reality, physical therapy, multisensory stimulation and immersive play.

At the heart of every OMi gesture controlled system is a huge selection of unique interactive content. Themes include; Interactive Music, Educational, Our World, Theme Explorer, Playtime, Sensory & Relaxation, Festive, Explore and many others. A comprehensive suite of options offer a rewarding experience for all audiences, regardless of age and ability.

With hundreds of successful installations and satisfied clients throughout the UK from schools to medical trusts and high profile commercial organisations, OMi are proud of achieving ‘10 years’ of market-led innovation and customer service.

Our creative team is dedicated to offering continuous customer support, advice and updates.

For more information call 01442 215 555, email education@omi.uk or visit www.omi.uk.

Autism Eye

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.

For more information call 020 8673 8496, email mark.hayes@autismeye.com, or visit www.autismeye.com

SEN Magazine

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.
SEN magazine articles and features cover:
  • all major conditions (such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, cerebral palsy and Down’s syndrome)
  • mental health
  • literacy and numeracy
  • visual and hearing impairments
  • behaviour
  • teaching children with special educational needs
  • general issues of education, care and government legislation
  • manual handling
  • special schools and mainstream schools
Additional SEN magazine sections include:
  • news
  • 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.
For more information call 01200 409 800, email info@senmagazine.co.uk, or visit www.senmagazine.co.uk.

The Good Schools Guide

The Good Schools Guide is the number one trusted guide to schools in the UK, helping parents in every aspect of choosing the best education for their children. We offer a comprehensive collection of advice and education data on state, independent, grammar, boarding, selective and non-selective schools, tutors, special needs, university choice and much more. We also offer tailor-made individual advice and support to parents as they make important decisions on school choices

We review more than 1,100 schools, covering state and independent, boarding and day, mainstream and special sectors. If a school is not reviewed in The Guide this does not necessarily mean it is not a good school – our selection is a personal one. In any event, we are in the process of gently expanding our coverage to include more good local schools. If you know of one that we have missed, or have got wrong, please tell us: it’s parents like you who have made The Guide as good as it is.

For more information call 0203 286 6824, email office@goodschoolsguide.co.uk, or visit www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk.

PARC

The Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC) was set up to bring autistic people, including scholars and activists, together with early career researchers and practitioners who work with autistic people. Our aim is to build a community network where those who wish to see more significant involvement of autistic people in autism research can share knowledge and expertise.

PARC are following in the footsteps of previous autistic-led projects, such as the Autonomy Journal and the Theorising Autism Project, who have been campaigning for more participatory autism research.

The project was initially based at London South Bank University, where PARC has held a number of events, contributed to research projects and to publications. The group is has since expand activities to other Universities such as Birmingham, Sheffield Hallam and Nottingham.

For more information visit participatoryautismresearch.wordpress.com.

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