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  • Autism Support | PACT For Autism | Essex

    PACT FOR AUTISM PACT for Autism is a Harlow based Charity providing support for the families of autistic children, autistic adults and people with similar conditions. Our key services include our Support / Information Line, monthly meetings for parent, carer and professional support, and a variety of activities, detailed on our events calendar, including our popular autism talks and training series. Through our website you can access our various online resources. You will find useful web links sign-posting to our partner agencies, a practical services directory, an adults page as well as the re-launch of our , featuring advice, tips, and support from other families. You can also sign up to our online newsletter for monthly updates about upcoming events, talks and services. Our resources section contains leisure and sports opportunities for children (and siblings), and a calendar for upcoming events. Finally you can learn more about the different ways you can support us on our Fundraising and Support page. online forum More about PACT for Autism About PACT for Autism About PACT Information and Support Information & Support Activities and Events Family Activities & Clubs Annual Charity Ball PACT Charity Ball About PACT for Autism About PACT Information and Support Information & Support Activities and Events Family Activities & Clubs Annual Charity Ball PACT Charity Ball PACT for Autism Promotional video Play Video Share Whole Channel This Video Facebook Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Copy Link Link Copied Share

  • Information & Support | PACT For Autism

    Where do I begin? Where do I begin? Education Health & Wellbeing Family Support / Care Financial & Benefits Resources Other Useful Links If you have concerns about the development of your child or young person. ​ Begin by collecting together your own observations and concerns together with reports from nursery/school or any other people involved. Then speak with your G.P, Health visitor, Speech Therapist or other Health professional and ask them to refer your child or young person to the local Child Development Team. You can also call us at PACT on our . Support line If your child is in education you do not need a diagnosis to get support for them, your school or nursery should be working with you to record their strengths and needs and to provide support. Please scroll down to the Education section for further information. ​ Click below for further information on the JADES Diagnostic pathway: Journey of Autism Diagnosis and Early Support (JADES) ​ Our top websites to find a wide range of support, services and activities? . This is the local government run directory of Information about all services and local opportunities and activities for Children and young people up to 25 years with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities). To find your Local Offer, type your county name and Local Offer into your search engine. Alternatively, click on one of the local links Local Offer - Essex Local Offer Hertfordshire Local Offer ​ - All the most up to date information from diagnosis through to all sorts of services and useful information from Child to Adult. National Autistic Society ​ - The Short Breaks programme is open to all children and young people who are aged between 0-25 (Please note some services post 19 will require a personal budget) and have a diagnosis of Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability. Providing support and a wide range of activities. Breaks Short Essex Short Breaks Hertfordshire Short Breaks ​ - A national organisation with a wealth of information supporting families of Children and young people with SEND, from benefits through to education and clothing. Contact - Virgin care manages the Children’s Health and developmental health needs along with the family hubs/Children’s centres in Essex, the site has a wealth of information on therapy, services and ways to help your child/young person. Essex Child and Family wellbeing ​ - An excellent easy to use resource to find activities, Parent and Professional courses/talks, and the services SNAP offers as well as an extensive local directory for Essex, aimed at families of children with SEND 0-25. SNAP (Special needs and Parents) ​ - a Hertfordshire based Charity supporting Parents/Carers of Children and young people on the Autistic Spectrum or a related condition SPACE ​ ​

  • Health and Wellbeing | PACT For Autism

    Assessment / Diagnosis Rights and Support Health and Well Being Out and About Finance and Housing Resources Family and Carers Employment / Education Health and Wellbeing Helpful Links and information ​ Some useful toolkits with information on inclusive youth groups and physical / mental health. Great resources for young people, parents and professionals. ​ ​ Ambitious About Autism - ​ ​ All about health and how to best access support and services from the hospital to the dentist. National Autistic Society - Annual Health Checks (Adults with a learning disability or autism) People with a learning disability can have a free health check every year to help them stay healthy, their Annual Health Check should result in a Health Check Action Plan to make sure they receive the very best healthcare. The North Essex CCG website provides further guidance on Annual Health Checks but also some other great health resources and advice. North Essex CCG Advocacy An advocate is a person who can support you and speak on your behalf if you want them to. Advocacy services help you access information and ensure your voice is heard when decisions that affect you are being made. Advocates are independent. They don't represent the views of others, such as your local authority or the NHS. They won't make decisions for you or give you their personal opinion. ​ An advocate can: contact people on your behalf go to meetings with you to give you support speak on your behalf when you don't feel comfortable speaking yourself write letters and emails on your behalf You can self refer to this service Essex -Summit ​ ​ Essex - Rethink Hertfordshire - Gov.uk ​ ​ - Clear advice and support on accessing services in easy read format MENCAP - Giving Everyone Equal Life chances as they move into Adulthood Preparing for Adulthood ​ ​ . Contact to discuss and plan ahead to make your visit to the hospital go as well as it can, Andrew Dixon Email: Telephone: 01279 694905​ Princess Alexandra Hospital Autism and Learning disability support team learningdisabilities@pah.nhs.uk Dentists that have experience in working with Autistic individuals / learning difficulties / complex needs. Community Dental team - An independent and confidential information service to help you understand and navigate health and social care in Essex Health Watch Essex If you are finding it difficult to look after yourself and manage everyday tasks, you can contact the team to discuss your care and support needs. Essex Social Care team and Occupational Therapy The discussion will identify: If you need care and support The level of care and support you need How these could be met Your family and social support networks Meaningful lives - Essex County Council’s Living Well Essex website provides information, advice and guidance for adults, families, carers, providers and other professionals. Living Well Essex ​ Healthy Minds ​ ​ Challenging behaviour support

  • Debbi Hannam Bio | PACT For Autism

    Debbie Hannam Talks, Training and Support officer Debbie started her working life as a professional dancer and singer which then led her to teaching Musical Theatre and vocal coaching. ​ She started her family in 1996 welcoming two boys, Jake & Luke. In 2001 at the age of 2 ½ Luke was diagnosed with Autism. Which led to her meeting other like-minded parents who founded PACT. ​ Debbie loves to talk and is passionate about helping other parents, carers and professionals to navigate the world of autism. She has found true friendships in the adult autism community & has been inspired and educated by them. ​ She will happily spend hours on the phone with parents and professionals alike, as there is nothing quite like chatting to another person with a shared, lived experience of the Autistic Spectrum.

  • Coronavirus - Activities | PACT For Autism

    Coronavirus (COVID 19) ​ Current links to some online activities that may help you or your family during lock-down Links to Activities ​ Toolbox and calm zone Childline – ​ ​ Online activities running via Zoom - Book your places. - Essex Youth Service ​ Ideas and activities for families - Place to be ​ Every Wed @12 o'clock. Fun and Games with the Play People on their FaceBook site. - Play People ​ ​

  • copy of Autistic Adults Support | PACT For Autism

    Autistic Adult Support Adult Autism strategy: You can find information about the Adult Autism Strategies for Hertfordshire and Essex on our Documents and Reports page. ​ General – County Council guidelines for local autism support. Documents for Essex and Hertfordshire can be found on our Documents and Reports pages. Adult Autism Strategies Assessment / Diagnosis Rights and Support Health and Well Being Out and About Employment Resources Finance and Housing Parents and Carers Assessment and Diagnosis Health and Well being Disability Rights and Support Out and About Employment Resources Finance and Housing Parents and Carers

  • Autistic Adults Support - Front page | PACT For Autism

    Autistic Adult Support Assessment / Diagnosis Rights and Support Health and Well Being Out and About Employment / Education Resources Finance and Housing Family and Carers Welcome to PACT for Autism Adults page. ​ This page is for any Adult ​ Who is considering they may be on the Autistic Spectrum. Are diagnosed as Autistic/Aspergers For anyone supporting an Autistic Adult Family, Friends and Professionals ​ ​ This page, and our directory page should provide you with links to National/Local services and activities. They are listed using the at the top of this page. Just click on the heading to help you find what you are looking for. We have at PACT, they will be happy to chat with you on our or by to help signpost you in the right direction or just to listen. Support and Information Officers Helpline Email Buttons

  • PACT - Activities | PACT For Autism

    September 2020 Today Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 PACT Events Calendar

  • Coronavirus - Links and Information | PACT For Autism

    Coronavirus (COVID 19) ​ Current links to general services available, updates and Information ​ ​ Benefits and Grants ​ Advice and benefits calculator - Turn 2 us ​ Bereavement information ​ Child Bereavement UK - Support and information ​ Infromation Haven Hospices - and guidance for Bereavement ​ National Autistic Society Information - Bereavement for families ​ General Information and Guidance ​ Ambitious about Autism - A great range of practical resources, including templates and posters, that parents and young people can download and use at home during this difficult time. Some of these templates are editable. ​ Community 360 - The Essex Family Support Service - providing support to families which include school-aged children and young people aged 8 – 19 years ​ Up to date information about health passports, education rights etc. – Contact.org.uk - 1-1 confidential phone appointments with our family support advisers. Contact.org.uk ​ Government updates across variety of service. - Council for Disabled Children Some great guidance on supporting children with LD / ASC. - Council for Disabled Children ​ list of organisations. - Effective Support Hub ​ Dedicated Coronavirus update pages. ​ Essex Family Forum - ​ Essex Child and Family Wellbeing service - Some great advice and guidance. ​ A new range of services has just been launched to give young people and their families a little extra help during the coronavirus pandemic. - Essex.Gov.UK Online and phone support. - Essex Welfare Service ​ GOV.UK - Update for parents and carers regarding testing of Covid 19 Guidance for schools and local authorities on providing vouchers to support pupils eligible for free school meals, over the summer holiday period, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. GOV.UK - Optional badges/lanyards to promote ongoing social distancing - GOV.UK ​ Resources for parents and professionals in Hertfordshire. - Herts local offer ​ Up to date Information and Guidance on wearing facemasks - Inclusive Communication Essex (ICE) ​ Masks - Information on exemptions and printable cards - Keepsafe.org.uk ​ Support and resources for families. - Kids Inspire ​ Good source of Support and information for people with additional learning difficulties and their families - Mencap ​ National Autistic Society Information and Guidance - Covid 19 ​ NHS - Key rule change for essential carers / support for people with high needs ​ - Information for Siblings of a disabled brother or sister at home. Sibs uk ​ Coronavirus directory - Family guide. - SNAP ​ Guide for carers and families giving support. - Social Care Institute for Carers (SCIE) ​ ​ - Supporting your child through the lock down. Young Minds

  • Coronavirus - Consultation | PACT For Autism

    Coronavirus (COVID 19) ​ Important consultation on EHCP / Education. Have your say!!! ​ Consultation / Have your say!! ​ - Quick survey - Help Department for Education to improve education during Coronavirus Department for Education ​ ​ ​ ​

Office: 01279 430300 | Support / Information Lines: 07377 386090 / 07377 386093

PACT for Autism is a registered charity No. 1148170

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