The City Wide Disability Advice Forum
A solutions based forum focused on supporting disabled children aged 0-25 with complex and critical health care needs. Attendees include professionals from Health, Birmingham Children’s Trust, Birmingham City Council and Shelter. For more information, please click here. To access a City Wide referral form, please click here.
Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Advice Line
We can offer advice and strategies to support parents, carers, schools and other professionals in relation to a child or young person’s communication needs or eating and drinking concerns. To find out more, please click here.
Birmingham Parent Carer Forum
We are a voluntary group of Birmingham Parent Carers whose purpose is to build a bridge between services and families and a collective voice representing all members and all disabilities. We aim to build strong and sustainable links between our local authority, joint clinical commissioning group and the children’s trust. To find out more information about what we do, please click here. If you would like to get involved in what we do, please click here.
Be Empowered Workshop
The Be Empowered Workshop is an early support programme for SEND parents and carers. To find out more about what the workshop involves, please click here. To access the booking form required to join the workshop, click here.
Educational Psychologist Helpline
Do you as a parent or carer at home with your children during the school shut down, feel that you need someone to talk to about how you can cope with this challenging time for families?
Birmingham Educational Psychology Service is providing a telephone helpline for any parent or carers of children, who feel they would benefit from a consultation with a psychologist to support them with any concerns arising at this time, for them or their families.
To find out more information and to access the service, please click here.
Resources for Autism
Resources for Autism want to support people on the autism spectrum and those caring for someone on the spectrum during this overwhelming period of uncertainty.
As such, they are launching an emergency helpline, which will be available out of hours from 17:00- 21:30 7 days a week. The number to call is 07891 476 293. Resources for Autism will then ring you back. At any other time, you can ring their office number as normal (07891476837). To find out more, please click here.
Communications and Autism Team
Currently the nation is experiencing a situation we have not seen before. It is requiring us all to change our normal routines and may be causing your child with autism to feel concerned and present some challenges for you as a parent and/or carer.
The Communication and Autism Team are here to help you during this difficult time. To view information about what support they are offering, please click here.
Birmingham City Council Special Needs Support
Please click here to view information on how Birmingham City Council are offering support to parents of children with special needs.
NHS Speech and Language Therapy Advice Line
We can offer advice and strategies to support parents, carers, schools and other professionals in relation to a child or young person’s communication needs or eating and drinking concerns. For more information, click here.
Physical Difficulties Support Service
The Physical Difficulties Support Service is here to help at this uncertain time. Please read more about their support by clicking here.
When we asked our community about their worries around Coronavirus, many said they were worried about changes to their routine. Parents were worried about their child’s loss of structure. Autistic adults were worried about working from home and staying focused, or switching off. To help you manage daily life during the lockdown, we’ve worked with experts to provide you with some advice.
Guide for adults on structure & routine
We’ve created a guide to help with structure and managing daily tasks for our website. This was created with Occupational Therapist Susan Madigan.
Webinar on structure & routine for children
We have a free webinar on structure and routine for children next Tuesday at 8pm. The presenter is Occupational Therapist Caroline Bulmer.
Webinar on uncertainty and anxiety
We have a second free webinar on uncertainty and anxiety next Wednesday at 7pm. The presenter is Jacqui Rodgers, a Professor of Psychology Mental Health and an autism researcher at Newcastle University. This should be of interest to autistic adults, parents and professionals.
Do you have any questions for our webinar hosts? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to cover them on the webinars.
The Local Government Association
The Local Government Association has a number of resources for informal/unpaid carers of people with a learning disability and/or autism who may find it difficult to follow instructions during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- The LGA / ADASS Adult Social Care Knowledge Hub Community of Practice has specific resources on learning disability and autism.
- SCIE has published guidance for family carers supporting people with learning disability and autism.
- Learning Disability England has developed a suite of resources for people with a learning disability and their families and carers.