Parent carer alliance charter

A newly formed association of parents, carers and friends of Learning Disability people living in the county of Somerset is to take all legitimate measures to ensure that Somerset County Council or any other caring body within the county performs its Statutory and Common Law Duties to people with Learning Disabilities and their carers within Somerset. Read more »

Autism Spectrum Disorders

This article explores current diagnostic criteria and prevalence rates for autism spectrum disorders and stresses how important it is for primary care professionals to be familiar with this information. Read more »

Autistic specialist training course

Matt Trerise, a specialist trainer who has 10 years of experience in supporting people with autism. He offers a one day course aimed at professionals and carers supporting people with autistic spectrum conditions and aims to increase participants practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of autistic spectrum conditions. Read more »

Health and social care champion

Healthwatch Somerset will be your new consumer champion for health and social care from April 2013. It replaces the Somerset LINk and they would like to know what they have done for you, what you have done for them and how they could improve. Read more »

Compass Carers launch

The official launch of Compass Carers will be the 4th February 2013, where all of the service will be in place. The aim of the service will be to support Carers, recognising the value and contribution they make to society offering individual support to enable them to maintain their caring role whilst having a life outside of caring. Read more »

Autism teacher vacancy in Yeovil

Somerset County Council in parternship with Preston Academy is to open a brand new autism base in the grounds of Preston Academy, where a full-time teacher in charge of the Autism base is being sought for September 2013. Read more »


Afasic helps children, young people and their families affected by the hidden disability of speech, language and communication impairments. Read more »

Parentline Plus

Parentline Plus works to offer help and support through an innovative range of free, flexible, responsive services, shaped by parents for parents. Read more »

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free information and advice, and by influencing policy makers. Read more »

Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders includes articles and reviews with a primary focus on applied topics such as diagnosis, incidence and prevalence, methods of evaluating treatment effects, and a range of interventions. Read more »

Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews

Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews provides a focus for communication among neuroscientists, geneticists, neurodevelopmental pediatricians, and behavioral scientists interested in clinical or basic science research in aspects of brain development and function. Read more »

Brain Bank for Autism

Brain Bank for Autism supports post-mortem research into brain development and autism by making brain tissue available to qualified researchers worldwide. Read more »

Autism Research Institute

The Autism Research Institute is a US-based organisation which conducts research, and disseminates the results of research, on the causes of autism and on methods of preventing, diagnosing and treating autism. Read more »

Young Minds

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional well being and mental health of children and young people. Read more »

The Hanen Programme

The Hanen Programme provides knowledge and training to help all preschool children develop language, social and literacy skills, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Asperger Syndrome Read more »

Epilepsy Action

Epilepsy Action has an extensive network of branches throughout the UK which provide local support to people with epilepsy, their family and friends and professional carers. Read more »

Challenging Behaviour Foundation

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation wants to see children and adults with severe learning disabilities, who are described as having challenging behaviour, having the same life opportunities as everyone else. Read more »

Anxiety UK

Anxiety UK provides a range of services across the UK that can help you with your anxiety. Read more »


Barnardos supports families in many ways including fostering and adoption, disability and coping with domestic violence. Read more »

Right care index

Provides information about Care Homes, Homecare, Meal Provision, Motability, Nursing Agencies, Sheltered Housing and Extra Care, Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Mental Health, Day Care, Leisure & Recreation. Read more »

Autism Film Club

View a selection of recent films about autism on your computer and screenings will be followed by a live online Q&A with the director of the film. Read more »

West End to stage first autism-friendly performance

Disney Theatrical Productions are “so proud to now be presenting the first dedicated autism friendly performance in the West End, enabling new audiences to enjoy the thrill of musical theatre.” They thank their creative staff, the National Autistic Society and the Ambassador Theatre Group, whose hard work and dedication helped make it all possible.” Read more »

Cuts will ‘imprison’ disabled at home

‘The Other Care Crisis’, The National Autistic Society and four other charities claimed there was a £1.2bn funding gap in social care support for disabled people under age of 65 and urged the government to guarantee vital support to end this crisis. Read more »

SEN Review Parent Participation

Participate in a Somerset Parent Partnership consultation project, SEN Review Parent Participation – Early Awareness of Guidance and Support Project in which parent carers are asked to share their thoughts and expereinces of guidance and support when their child was first identified with SEN. Read more »

Statementing and SEN reform

Tania has joined the Netbuddy team, and will give advice on statementing and SEN reform. She’s also pretty good at signposting, so if you need any tips on where to go for help, she’ll try and help you find your way. Read more »