Advice agencies

ACE (Advisory Centre for Education)
The Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) is an independent advice centre for parents, offering information about state education in England and Wales for 5-16 year olds.

Afasic (Association for all speech impaired children)
Afasic is a UK charity established to help these children and young people, their families and the professionals working with them. Afasic is a recognised training provider and offers a range of services including a helpline, publications, and support groups

Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (ASBAH)
The North West London branch is the local branch of a national charity run by parents. The group provides information and distributes a magazine to members and will refer you to head office if you require individual support. For more information contact: 37 Milton Road, Hanwell W7 1LQ. Tel: (020) 8579 4685.

Behaviour/cognitive therapy department
This service offers one-to-one psychotherapy sessions. For more information contact: Behaviour/Cognitive Therapy Department, Avenue House, 43-7 Avenue Road, Acton W3. Tel: (020) 8993 7892

Blackhill health centre
This private team of clinical psychologists and counsellors offer advice on how to cope with temper tantrums, sleeping difficulties, feeding problems, post-natal depression and stress. For more information contact: Blackhill health centre, 209 Pitshanger Lane, Ealing W5 1AQ. Tel: (020) 8566 7539.

British Deaf Association
The BDA is the largest Deaf organisation in the UK that is run by Deaf people and amongst other things are campaigning for the right for all Deaf children to receive a bilingual education, using British Sign Language (BSL) and English, and the right to quality and choice in education.

British Dyslexia Association (BDA)
The BDA promotes early identification and support in schools to ensure opportunity to learn for dyslexic learners. They also aim to represent the needs of dyslexic people on leaving school, in higher education and in work. The Ealing branch provides information, advice and drop-in sessions for parents, teachers, children and adult dyslexics. There are also regular talks, seminars and courses that promote awareness and understanding of specific learning difficulties. Members receive a regular newsletter and there are support group meetings. For more information contact (020) 8995 7092. 

The Children's Disability Network
This is a voluntary register of children under 18 years with special needs and disabilities. If your child is registered you will receive information and a newsletter twice a year. Your child can also be assessed by a social worker to ensure appropriate services are offered to meet his/her needs. For an application form or for more information contact: Children's Disability Network, Freepost PAM 1797, Acton Town Hall, Winchester Street, Acton W3 9NE. Tel: (020) 8832 6367.

A national website offering confidential advice, support and information for 13-19 year olds on a range of subjects, including careers, learning, health and relationships.

Contact a family
Contact a family is a national charity offering advice, information and support to families who care for children and young people with special needs up to the age of 19. The two projects in the London Borough of Ealing - based in West Ealing and Southall - offer a range of services including advice for parents, holiday activities for children, volunteering opportunities, regular drop-in sessions and support groups.

The Ealing branch offers a student placement scheme for young people with disabilities to gain work experience and a babysitting link service for parents/carers. There is also free access to the internet for information on special needs.

Department for Education (DfE)
The DfE was formed on 12 May 2010 and is responsible for education and children's services.

The disability law service
The service provides free, confidential legal advice and representation for adults and children with disabilities or special needs. For more information contact: Holborn House, Ground Floor, 39-45 Cavell Street, London E1 2BP. Tel: (020) 7791 3131, email:

Down's syndrome association
The only organisation in this country focusing solely on all aspects of living successfully with down's syndrome, they provide information and support for people with down's syndrome, their families and carers.

Dyslexia Action (DA)
The DA is an educational charity for the assessment and teaching of people with dyslexia and for the training of teachers. It has grown to become the only national dyslexia teaching organisation in the world. 

Dyspraxia foundation
A UK charity which exists to help people to understand and cope with dyspraxia and is also a resource for parents, for teenagers and adults who have the condition, and for professionals who help all of them.

Ealing dyslexia association
A local organisation offering a drop-in centre, news, resources, information and support.

Ealing music therapy project
The sessions are intended to motivate, stimulate, calm and build communication through the theraputic use of music. The service caters for young people aged 0-19 years in several local venues. For more information contact: Ealing Music Therapy Project, St John's Church, Mattock Lane, Ealing W13 9LA. Tel: (020) 8567 4100. 

Ealing pre-school learning alliance
The alliance runs two pre-school groups for children with special needs in Southall and Perivale. Your child can be referred by the child development team, your family doctor, a speech therapist, social worker, health visitor, or you can contact them directly. Transport can be provided.

In partnership with Ealing Speech Therapy Service, the alliance also runs three speech and language pre-school groups in Acton, Hanwell and Northolt. Your child can be referred by the Speech Therapy Service.

If you would like your child to attend their local pre-school or nursery or would like advice on choosing a pre-school for your child, the special needs development worker may be able to help. Funding may also be available to provide a one-to-one support worker. For more information contact: Pre-school Learning Alliance, 46 Lower Boston Manor Road, Hanwell W7 2NP. Tel: (020) 8567 5247.

Ealing sickle cell and thalassaemia support group
The group offers information and advice for sufferers and carers. Support meetings are held every two months. For more information contact: Windmill Lodge, Uxbridge Road, Southall UB1 3EU. Tel: (020) 8354 8022. 

Kids focus on all of the child's needs - educational, social, developmental and emotional - as well as offering support to the whole family.

Kid's cookery school
The school provides cooking experiences for children including those with special needs. Kid's Cookery School, 107 Gunnersbury Lane, Acton W3 8HQ. Tel: (020) 8992 8882. 

Log cabin
This is an adventure playgroup for children with special needs and their siblings aged 5-15 years. There are daytime sessions for special schools and units, an after-school club and holiday play schemes that can give you a break from caring for your child. For more information contact: Log Cabin, 259 Northfield Avenue, Ealing W5 4EU. Tel: (020) 8840 3400.

A UK based learning disability charity working with people with a learning disability and their families and carers. Ealing Mencap has an advocacy worker who provides information and support for young people with disabilities aged 15 years and over, who are leaving school/college. For more information contact: Ealing Mencap, 173A Uxbridge Road, Hanwell, W7 3TH; tel: (020) 8567 9185

A mental health charity working in England and Wales and works to create a better life for everyone with experience of mental distress.

National Autistic Society (NAS)
NAS champions the rights and interests of all people with autism and ensures that they and their families receive quality services appropriate to their needs. This site includes information about autism and Asperger syndrome, and about support and services available in the UK. 

National Blind Children's Society
The National Blind Children's Society aims to provide blind and partially sighted children with an equal opportunity for education which is adequately supported with information provided in a suitable format for their needs, and where there are no barriers to sports and recreational activities.

National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS)
The National Deaf Children's Society is the only UK charity solely dedicated to providing support, information and advice for deaf children and young people, their families and professionals working with them.

National society for epilepsy
The National society for epilepsy is committed to providing information and support to people with epilepsy. We also provide care for people with epilepsy through medical and residential services.

Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation (RADAR)
A charity which aims to promote change by empowering disabled people to achieve their rights and expectations; and by influencing the way that disabled people are viewed as members of society.

Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID)
Offers a range of services for deaf and hard of hearing people, and provide information and support on all aspects of deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus. 

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
A UK charity offering information, support and advice to over two million people with sight problems.

Scope is a disability organisation in England and Wales whose focus is people with cerebral palsy.

Sense works with a wide age range, from babies who have just been diagnosed with deafblindness to older people. They also offer training and other services related to deafblindness.

Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST)
Parents whose children have special educational needs can appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal against decisions made by local education authorities (LEAs) in England and Wales about their children's education.