Local and national organisations

LOCAL organisations

Autism Berkshire

A local support group for parents and carers of children and adults with autism, autism related problems, Asperger Syndrome or challenging behaviour.

Tel: 01189 594 594 

E-mail: contact@autismberkshire.org.uk​

Reading Services Guide Local Offer

The Local Offer is part of the reforms that are happening as a result of the new Children & Families Act 2014 and the new SEN reforms. The Local Offer contains information about Education, Health and Social Care services that are available in Reading for children, young people with SEND and their families www.reading.gov.uk

Reading Mencap

Provides help and support for people with a learning disability, and their families, in the Reading area. 

Tel: 0118 966 2518 
E-mail: office@readingmencap.org.uk

Parenting Special Children

A Berkshire organisation that specialises in supporting families who have children with special needs. 

Tel: 0118 986 3532 
E-mail: admin@parentingspecialchildren.co.uk


Reading Families Forum

Reading Families’ Forum (RFF) was created by parents and carers who have children and young adults with disabilities and continues as an independent and voluntary group of parents, carers and organisations supporting families who have children and young adults with disabilities and is part of a wider network of parent forums in England. 

Tel: 07516 185380 
E-mail: fran.morgan.rff@gmail.com


NATIONAL organisations

Please see www.contact.org.uk for information about Contact services. Contact is the charity for families with disabled children, providing the national advice, information and support service.Their free helpline 0808 808 3555 is open between 9.30-5 Mon to Fri or they can be contacted by email helpline@contact.org.uk

Independent Panel for Special Education Advice -

offer free independent advice; free representation at the Special Needs Tribunal and Free second professional opinions
Tel: 0800 018 4016 (advice line)

Global Mediation 

provides a mediation service in cases of disagreement between parents and the school/Local Education Authority over a child's Special Educational Needs
Tel: 0800 064 4488 (freefone)
E-mail: sen@globalmediation.co.uk

The Children's Legal Centre - 

provides free legal advice and assistance in many areas of child, family and education law. We can advise children and young people and parents, carers or professionals working with children and young people.

Advisory Centre for Education - 

offers independent advice on SEN
Tel: 0300 0115 142


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