At Seco Support, our mission is to help empower individuals with learning disabilities and/or autism and their families, with the resources they need to navigate their unique journeys. In this blog post, we’ll delve into a comprehensive guide, equipping families with valuable tools and insights.
1. Understanding the Landscape
Navigating the landscape in the UK is the first step towards effective support. The NHS have a website dedicated to getting help if you or a loved one are diagnosed with a learning disability. They also have a handy autism guide with links to many resources, which provide in-depth information on autism, support systems, and avenues for assistance.
There are a multitude of websites out there, all offering updates about the latest news in the field, as well as advice and support:
- Ambitious about Autism
- Autisitica: UK’s leading autism research and campaigning charity.
- Autism Alliance: National partnership of not-for-profit organisations that support autistic people and their families.
- Mencap: A learning disability charity.
- Action for Children: A charity for children with learning disabilities.
- Challenging Behaviour Foundation: A charity specialising in severe learning disabilities.
3. Online Communities
Connect with the broader community through websites like the National Autistic Society and their online community, and the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities which have their own online forum.
Understanding You, Discovering You – an online peer support group for young people aged 16-25.
These platforms offer a chance to connect to other people and families on similar journeys.
4. Recommended Reading
Dive into compelling stories and practical advice with books such as Wonderfully Wired Brains: An Introduction to the World of Neurodiversity, by Louise Gooding, aimed at primary school-aged children. For adults and young people, try: The Autistic Brain, by Temple Grandin; Understanding & Managing Autism in Children, by Olivia Harris; and Different, Not Less, by Chloe Hayden.
All providing a unique perspective on autism.
5.. Workshops and Training Programmes
Ambitious About Autism offers training sessions to help empower individuals and organisations to become more autism confident:
Cauldwell Children offers a range of parent workshops that focus on many of the common difficulties associated with raising a child with disabilities or autism:
University of Kent’s Free Understanding Autism course.
Empowerment begins with knowledge, and at Seco Support, we are dedicated to providing you with the tools you need. Whether it’s understanding the landscape, diving into recommended reading, or exploring supportive networks, our goal is to guide you on a path towards understanding.
Together, let’s create a future where everyone, regardless of their abilities, can thrive.