Resources – September 2015

ResourcesAutism Connect
Internet blog for anyone involved with autism to share thoughts and information. Also links to a free e-learning course. An iOS App version with many of the features (not the course) can be downloaded from iTunes by searching on “Autism Connect”. (Autism West Midlands).

University and epilepsy
A series of articles about preparing to go to university for young people with epilepsy, (Epilepsy Society).

Kern County Concussion Consortium
Practical information about concussion, mild brain injury and aftercare, with links to further resources.

Personal Emergency Response Service
Carers UK have a special offer on the wearable “Buddi” personal emergency service (for the cared-for person).

Improving school readiness: creating a better start for London
A document that would also show parents what is considered to make a child “school ready”.

Special Educational Needs
A collection of FAQs and short legal items about special educational needs, (Douglas Silas solicitors).

Universal Credit and Families: questions and answers
Government guide clarifying various questions asked by families that might be entitled to Universal Credit, (Dept for Work and Pensions).

Template letters
A new Template Review Letter and guidance notes, for parents wishing to ask the DWP to review a decision to stop DLA payments for a period when a child has been in hospital. These are Word documents, accessed by going to the Contact a Family website, www.cafamily.org.uk and entering the words ‘template review letter’ into the search box.

Catalogue of health-related fuel poverty schemes
Document listing local schemes to assist households that want energy efficiency measures (e.g. warm home schemes, Care & Repair). Many of these schemes include households with a disabled member, (Dept of Energy and Climate Change).

What to do before, during and after a flood
Includes information about dealing with insurance companies, and further contacts for emergencies (Environment Agency).

Moving into work
Employment and childcare rights for families in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Booklet from Contact a Family.

Care to Learn
Care to Learn is a UK programme of support including childcare costs for parents under the age of 20, to enable them to study, (Student Bursary Support Service).

Pregnancy and Mental Health
A set of resources about mothers’ mental wellbeing in pregnancy, (Tommy’s: your online midwife).