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Adult Autism Service (Bedfordshire)

Within Bedfordshire and Luton we provide an Adult Autism Service (AAS) for adults aged 18+.

The service provides assessment, treatment and advice for people who are suspected as having an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and require a definite diagnosis, followed by help to access the most appropriate service e.g. health, social care or support group.

The service operates on a multi-disciplinary model of local and community based assessment and diagnosis and works alongside existing Specialist Health Services, Local Authorities, independent and voluntary services.

01234 310593

Afasic

Around 6% of children starting school have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) - an average of 2 in every classroom.

Afasic is the UK charity representing children and young people with speech, language and communication difficulties, working for their inclusion in society and supporting their parents and carers.

Our Advice and Information Services provide support to thousands of people every year, including Helpline and email support, free to download factsheets and access to our local networks.

If you are a parent or young person wanting help and more information, go to www.afasic.org.uk or ring our Helpline on 0300 666 9410.

03006 669410

Agate House

We are registered to care for persons between 18-65 yrs old. We provide care, support and nursing support to a range of people with physical disabilities. We use a social model and look at a person holistically, with a view to personalising their care and support. We cater for mild learning disabilities only, but can give support to large care needs. We have dedicated activity staff who offer a range of activities and 1-1 support throughout the day; we have volunteers and a buddy system. We also have keyworkers who help support the service users. Our activities run 6 days a week and we offer holidays supported by our own staff and group holidays, trips out to the theatre, rugby, football, local events. Our service users also access day centres and college. We have wifi and iPads and apple TV.

01525 403247

Alderwood LLA - The Chestnuts

We offer residential care for young people with autism and challenging behaviour. Alderwood's aim is to provide a service in the least intrusive and most effective manner, minimising the effect of the young person's disabilities and giving them the opportunity to live as normal a life as possible.

The Chestnutsis a six bedded home and each young person has a tailor made care package to suit their needs and abilities.

01604 811838

Ampthill Gateway Club

Provides a short break for parents/carers from their child for the duration of the session.

Allows members to meet others in their peer group, outside school or family.

Allows parents/carers to discuss any concerns with us or other parent/carers at the beginning or
end of each session.

We are a Voluntary Organisation.

01525 716907

Aurora Meldreth Manor School

Meldreth Manor supports children and young people age 6-18 years who have complex learning difficulties and is one of the few schools in the country that is also able to support complex health needs and associated difficulties. These may be as a result of conditions such as cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, degenerative conditions or autism requiring a specialist approach.

Young people may have multiple disabilities, including sensory and physical impairments and benefit from specialist facilities designed to meet their needs. The highly skilled team of teaching, care and clinical staff take a holistic approach that considers physical, emotional, social, sensory and educational needs within a waking day curriculum.

The support provided enables each young person to engage and progress at their own level within a living and learning environment that is all about enriching individual lives and helping everyone to achieve their full potential as they reach adulthood.

Our aim is quite simple, to empower young people to grow in their own unique and inspiring way.

01763 268000

Aurora Orchard Manor School

Orchard Manor offers a supportive living and learning environment for young adults who have complex learning difficulties and is one of the few services in the country that is also able to support those with complex health needs and associated difficulties. These may be as a result of conditions such as cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, degenerative conditions or autism requiring a specialist approach.

The young people may have multiple disabilities, including sensory and physical impairments and benefit from specialist facilities designed to meet their needs.

01763 268000

Autism Bedfordshire

Autism Bedfordshire is a charity that provides services to individuals with autism, their families, carers and professionals across Bedfordshire. Our key purpose is to provide emotional and practical support as well as information, advice, guidance and advocacy.

The outcomes our services deliver (as evidenced by our monitoring and evaluation) are:

1. Individuals with autism and their families will feel less isolated.
2. Individuals with autism will develop confidence, self-esteem, communication, social and life skills.
3. Parents will feel less stressed and better able to cope.
4. Parents will improve their knowledge about autism and the services available.

Autism is a lifelong disability so our membership reflects this as we support both children and adults. We run countywide services for our members including:

- family support groups (L.O.A.F. - Loads of Autistic Fun)
- youth groups (Wanted Fun)
- summer activity schemes
- extended services (e.g. trampolining, golf and swim sessions)
- skills training courses for adults with autism
- social groups for adults with autism
- parent training
- autism awareness training for professions (levels 1, 2 and 3)
- a helpline service (01234 350704) with trained and experienced team members on hand to answer calls (anything from services enquiries to crisis calls).

Autism Bedfordshire’s members can access books and other resources from our library and will receive our bi-monthly newsletter giving details about our services and other groups and activities that may be of interest. We also communicate information to members and our staff through e-newsletters. We have a website that anyone can access and we are on Facebook and Twitter.

01234 350704 (Helpline) 01234 214871 (enquiries)

Bedford and District Citizens Advice Bureau

Provides welfare benefits advice for people referred through Social Services.

01234 330604

Bedford Mencap Playscheme

To provide a summer holiday playscheme for children with a learning disability age between 4-18yrs.

The child needs to have a statement of Special Educational Needs.

The scheme promotes holiday fun in a relaxed atmosphere, with up to 60 children in attendance every day. Activities range from swimming, sports, art, yoga, animal visits, magic shows, flower arranging, tennis, art, cooking and gymnastics.

We are open for 15 days, lots of qualified and experienced staff, with the addition of volunteers (young people) to support the children.

We can offer support for a range of needs. For children who may find a busy environment difficult, we would need to plan carefully and ensure our service can offer the right support.

01234 312240

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