National Services

This is a list of organisations and services that are national, but available to you living in Cheshire.

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123 Maths

‘A simply brilliant way to improve Maths skills’ for your children.

Recommended by a parent. 

ACE Education

Advice and information for parents is available via our advice line and the popular ‘My Child in School’ advice booklets are a great resource.

Training for professionals is provided by the same expert trainers using the same high quality materials that people have come to associate with ACE.

Alex Lowery

Alex is a young man who has faced many difficulties in his life. He was diagnosed with autism when he was four years of age. Today, Alex is a public speaker and trainer on autism. He uses his personal experience of having autism and is a wealth of information on autism. Alex is passionate about raising awareness of autism.

All Party Parliamentary Group for Autism (APPGA)

The APPGA was established in February 2000 to raise parliamentary awareness of autism and campaign for changes to government policy.

Ambitious About Autism

Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism.

We provide services, raise awareness and understanding, and campaign for change. Through Tree House School and Ambitious Support we offer specialist education and support.

Our mission is to help children and young people with autism to learn, thrive and achieve.

Asperger Info

A website where you can ask questions, share experiences and discuss treatments relating to Aspergers Syndrome.

Asperger Syndrome

Asperger Syndrome is an information site offering help and support to people and their families regarding Asperger Syndrome. 


‘Be your own super-hero’.

This book helps those with, or those working with Asperger Syndrome by using a strengths-based approach to introduce the female profile of characteristics.

AuKids Magazine

A quarterly magazine designed to give impartial, fun, practical advice for parents of young children on the autism spectrum.

Aunty Agatha’s Little Big Sensory Shop

Located at Fargo Village in Coventry and also online. You can easily find the products you need to support independent living.

Autism Eye

This website gives advice about the latest research and educational strategies that can help from an independent parental viewpoint.

Autism Science Foundation

This website has a section where you can watch and chat to scientists about the latest research.

Autism Together

The new name for Wirral Autistic Society

Working in several care settings including residential, home care, supported living, respite and short stay breaks we can offer people with autism meaningful, realistic and achievable training, on the job work experience and valuable life skills and support children, young people and their families understand their autism rich futures. In 1968 a group of parents established The Wirral Society for Autistic Children, which was the forerunner for our Society today. Autism Together has grown from providing support to people with autism, to providing a wide range of living options, day services and community support to people from all over the UK.


Living with autism isn’t easy, but finding out all about it should be. Charities, support groups, and specialist service providers, are all ready to share advice and experience whenever you need it. is dedicated to making those helpful and sometimes vital links, it covers who to talk to, where to go and contains lots of helpful advice all in one place.

Autistic Rights Movement UK

This is the first national organisation to be run entirely by autistic people. It focuses on improving the rights of adults and lobbying government to provide better services.


Box 42

Psychological and educational assessments.


Care Quality Commission

The governing body of care and quality that instructs Social Services, Department of Health etc what the legal stipulations are.

Carers Trust

Great website full of information.

Your local carers centre offers a wide range of services for you, most of which are free.


Is a unique charity set up to help improve the lives of children with brain related conditions through research, education and directly supporting the children and their carers.

Child Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

A government body promoting health and psychological well-being of children and young people, to ensure effect assessment, treatment and support.

Child Autism UK

Child Autism UK helps children with autism achieve their potential. We provide services to enable children to overcome difficulties with communication, learning and life skills and give families the techniques and strategies to cope with autism through the use of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). Child Autism UK also provides training and a network for ABA professionals working with young children.

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)

This website is the only comprehensive, fully referenced guide to social security and social services law and practice for adults needing care, very extensive resource publications.

Children Today

This charity gives children and young adults up to the age of 25 equipment for their home eg computers or multi-sensory equipment.

‘We believe the provision of specialised equipment has a direct and immediate impact on the child’s quality of life and independence, and is vital in helping them to overcome obstacles and achieve their potential’.

Contact a Family

For families with disabled children. Lots of advice, factsheets and a helpline phone number.

Coram Childrens Legal Centre

They provide legal advice and representation to children, their carers and professionals.

Counselling Directory

Counselling Directory launched in 2005 and continue to work closely with counsellors, psychotherapists and their visitors, to ensure they can connect you with professional support in your area. They have over 10,000 qualified counsellors listed with them.


DANDA Developmental Adult Neuro-Diversity Association

A website dedicated to all types of development neuro-diversity in adulthood.

Department For Education (DFE)

‘All children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) should be able to reach their full potential in school.

They should also be supported to make a successful transition into adulthood, whether into employment, further or higher education or training.


The Government’s website Directgov for people with disabilities.

Disability Grants

A one stop shop where you can find funding for a holiday, equipment, housing, days out etc.

Disability Rights UK

Works to create a society where everyone with lived experience of disability or health conditions can participate equally as full citizens.

Disabled Holidays

A really good website which has loads of disability-friendly places to stay and activities listed.


The DSM-5 which is used by the medical profession to diagnosis autism has changed it’s diagnostic criteria surrounding Aspergers Syndrome.

Aspergers is now under the umbrella of Autism Spectrum Condition.

You can report the report from the NAS here.


Efficient Life Skills

Some great information on this site.

We particularly love the article ‘How to teach a 6 year old to tie their shoes in 5 minutes’ !

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Information about their work on disability equality can be found across this website.

Lots of great advice.


Family Fund Travel Insurance

Fabulous website that also offers travel insurance for kids with extra needs.

Family Lives

‘Listening, supportive and non-judgemental’.

Great website with lots of advice and support. They are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Friendship Circle

Great website for our children trying to understand facial recognition.


Get Safe Online

We all worry about our children being online.

Have a look at this great website full of safety advice for you.

Gifted and Talented

‘The National Association for Able Children in Education’.

The only dedicated, not for profit organisation, specialising in supporting teachers to provide excellent teaching and learning for able, gifted and talented pupils.

Gifted and Talented

Potential Plus UK.

Works with the whole family to support children with high learning potential.

Our aim is to work with parents and carers so that you can: DISCOVER your child’s potential, NURTURE their gifts and talents and Work with you and also with professionals to help your child SUCCEED.



Hft is a national charity, providing services for people with learning disabilities throughout England. We support people to live life the way they choose – whether providing support for just a couple of hours a week, or 24 hours a day.

Home Education

Elective Home Education Service.

Although the majority of parents choose to send their children to school, a small number of families choose to educate their children at home.



‘Helps children communicate’.

They have a speech and language therapist who you can ring up and have a chat with. They can give you advice about getting the right support, useful tips, resources, relevant activities and signposting.

Their phone number is 020 7843 2544.

Inclusive Teaching

Inclusive Teaching (IT) Matters is a Community Interest Company that is dedicated to improving life skills and the educational outcomes of children and young adults with special educational needs (SEN).

These aims are met through consultancy and training to professionals and organisations supporting such children and young children.

Independent Living

A resource centre for disabled and elderly persons, health and social care professionals and family carers.


Living Autism

Fabulous website which tells you what services are available locally and nationally.

Lots of great advice and support here.


Is a website full of resources for children who struggle to read standard sized printed textbooks.


Mental Health

Website for youngsters struggling with mental health issues.

Mobility and Support Information Service (MASIS)

For Equality and Inclusion!

Muir Group

A organisation that provides housing in a not-for-profit scheme.


National Bureau for Students with Disabilities (Skill)

This charity promotes opportunities for young people and adults with any kind of impairments in post 16 education, training and employment.

They have two websites connected, one for parents and the second one is for young people, very user friendly.

Newlife Foundation

Newlife is the UK’s largest charity funder of children’s specialist disability equipment. We also run the UK’s only national emergency equipment service, for terminally ill children.



(Online Aspergers Syndrome Information & Support) 

A current website carrying up to date information and support.

Options Group

Options Group provides specialist person-centred services for children, young people and adults with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, learning disabilities and complex needs that promote choice, control and positive outcomes.

Our ‘Pathway’ approach enables us to offer pro-active and planned progression through Specialist Schools, Transitions Services (AALPS) and Adult Residential and Community Support Services.

Orkid Ideas

‘The essential tool for back to school’

As parents, we were fed up of reminding our own kids to get their stuff ready for school each day.

That’s why we invented TomTag to encourage our kids to get organised and to make our morning routines easier!


Papworth Trust

Papworth Trust is a leading disability charity. One of the services they provide is holidays and supported breaks for disabled people, friends and family at Kerry Farm in Powys, Wales.

Parent Channel

Free, on-demand advice to parents and carers of 5-19 year olds divided into three simple categories – learning, behaviour and wellbeing.

Parents for the Early Intervention of Autism (PEACH)

A charity established to promote early intensive behavioural intervention for young children.

Partnerships in Care

‘We recognise the differing requirements of our patient group and offer specialist treatment appropriate to the relevant diagnosis.

Our specialist therapies and interventions are provided on site by a highly qualified and experienced multidisciplinary team.

Autistic Spectrum conditions often present in association with other complex mental health conditions or behaviours and Partnerships in Care has a specialist Care Pathways developed for a range of these.

PDA Society

Support, advice and information about Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome.


Lightweight balance bikes for all ages.

Peter Edwards Law

Peter Edwards Law is here to help protect the rights of vulnerable people. Thousands of people suffer from mental health issues or lack capacity and do not get access to the support they need. Yet access to these services can be truly life changing.


With 95% parents now owning a smartphone and regularly using apps, Piota believe that customisable apps created specifically for schools are the future of engagement.

Piota build high quality apps that are completely free to download. Our apps can help schools streamline communication, cut costs, save time and aid pupil learning. Piota apps are used by Early Years Settings, Primary and Secondary schools throughout the UK.

Positive About Autism

Positive About Autism™ is a training company providing Workshops on autism.

Our training is active, visual and fun and reflects our positive style and positive philosophy.

We also run some amazing Special Events.

They have a great e-newsletter full of advice and tips.

Psychology Today

Very in-depth website covering all forms of psychology.

We love the ‘Overcoming roadblocks to empathy’ article.


Relax Kids

Cambridge study confirms benefits of Relaxation in schools.

Download the free Schools Relax Pack. Lots of great resources available on this site.

Research Autism

New website aiming to have the most up to date information in the world about Autism and Aspergers Syndrome interventions.

Richmond Fellowship

Is a specialist provider of mental health services. They have supported housing and floating support services amongst others.

RIS Products

Unflavoured toothpaste, fingertip toothbrushes and more oral hygiene products and information.



Stylish Solutions for special needs. Helping schools to help families, providing solutions for home and school

SEN Books

SEN Books is a specialist bookshop with books and materials for students, teachers and parents. We have lots of titles on dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, dyscalculia, DCD, Asperger Syndrome and Autism.

Senad Group

The SENAD Group provide locally based specialist education, care and community support services for the most complex, vulnerable and hard to place young people and adults. Our services work with people with autism, mild to severe learning difficulties, mental health and challenging behaviour and are shaped to meet the changing needs of people as they move from childhood to adulthood and beyond.

Sense Toys

SenseToys specialises in providing a carefully selected range of educational and sensory toys and activities which are suited to young children and those with special needs. Our range appeals to all parents and professionals but it is particularly popular with those caring for children with special educational needs and learning disabilities, including poor or delayed language development and skills, dyspraxia, and developmental delays, ADHD, autism and other spectrum disorders.

Sensory Oojamabobs

Funky, chewy jewellery for those with sensory needs and those who just like to chew!

Sensory Spectacle

Sensory Spectacle creates immersive experiences to educate about and form a better awareness of Sensory Processing Difficulties (SPD). Our workshops and installations give you an opportunity of experiencing first-hand how a SPD might impact your life, allowing for greater awareness and understanding of auditory, visual, tactile, olfactory, gustatory, proprioceptive and vestibular difficulties.

The pdf below is a resource sheet – ‘What is Sensory Processing Disorder?’

Slater & Gordon Solicitors

Expert solicitors in special educational needs, mental capacity and community care law.

Smart Box

We create assistive technology for people with disabilities; for communication, environment control, computer control and much more. We create assistive technology solutions that help people with disabilities do things that everyone else takes for granted.


TES Connect

The website that teachers use to obtain information and resources, particularly of interest if you want to purchase tools and games to help your child.

The Bren Project

Proving personalised supported employment and voluntary placements for adults with difficulties including autism.

ChAPS works in partnership with this charity and cannot recommend them highly enough.

The Cambian Group

We are one of the UK’s leading providers of specialist services in education and care, mental health and learning disabilities.

We provide services for over 1,300 individuals in 70 locations. We work with 140 public authorities and employ more than 3,500 people.

Although our work embraces many specialist disciplines, it is united by a common purpose:

To actively enable each and every one of the people in our care to achieve their personal best, however it is defined by them or for them.

The Childrens Society

Our network of programmes includes drop-in services for runaways, children’s centres and support for young carers.

We support children who are refugees from violence, and we give those in care a voice.

We transform children’s lives by pressurising central and local government to protect them, and we challenge attitudes that perpetuate harm and injustice.

The Counselling Directory

A website that has details of counsellors nationally that specialise in different areas so you can find someone for your specific need.

Each counsellor’s professional qualifications and insurance are checked.

The Hesley Group

Specialist provider for young people and adults with autism and other complex needs.

Provides flexible, specialist residential services and schools. We aim to offer the best possible care, education and vocational opportunities for young people and adults, often with autism, who have a learning disability and complex needs with behaviour that may challenge.

The Home Group

Provides housing schemes and also care and support services through Stonham.

The Lymes Floating Support

Provides housing with the development of extra care schemes.

Part of the Places For People information site.

The National Autistic Society (NAS)

A one stop shop for all the information you will need regarding diagnosis, factsheets, database of contacts, other support groups.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists

Lots of excellent information on Aspergers Syndrome.

Together Trust

A vast array of services offered including Inscape House School in Cheadle.

We have several members whose children attend this school and they rate it highly.

Tony Attwood

Tony Attwood is one of the world’s leading experts in Autism and Aspergers Syndrome.

Educated in this country, he now lives in Australia. He has some of the best books to read on the market.

Tough Furniture

Special needs furniture for challenging environments.

Tribunals Service

‘How to appeal against a SEN Decision’

‘How to claim against disability discrimination in schools – a parents guide’

Turning Point

This is the largest UK health and social care organisation.

They provide services for people with complex needs including mental health problems and learning disabilities.


Waterproof Beds

Our waterproof mattresses and waterproof bed bases have been in use for many years . They are made of solid foam then covered in pvc. They don’t break, are extremely tough, durable and practical & Autism friendly.

We Connect Now

We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues.

Witherslack Group

We are the UK’s leading provider of specialist education and care for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs, communication difficulties (autistic spectrum conditions, Asperger’s Syndrome, speech, language and communication needs) and complex learning needs.

The Group’s schools, children’s homes and integrated learning centres provide a complete day, residential and 52 week system of education and care. We also offer our young people the chance to access in-house vocational centres and further education facilities.

Wrong Planet

A web community designed for individuals with autism and their carers. A discussion forum for ‘aspies’ to talk to each other.



YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.


Is an online support service for siblings of disabled children and adults.

It provides support about dealing with feelings and family life, tips for coping in difficult situations and they also do a penpal service and chat forum.

Inspiring families to achieve more

If you need further information or advice please contact us on: 0344 850 8607 or

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