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A place for family carers to find information, resources and useful links relating to Learning Disabilities (inlcuding Autism).



ID and discount cards for people with disabilities

Many people use a recent DLA letter or a copy of the SEN statement or EHC Plan to prove that they or a member of your family has a disability. Having proof of a disability may help to:

  • get concessionary rates or free entrance for a carer at some attractions
  • explain a disability is not immediately obvious, such as autistic, global developmental delay
  • avoid queues in areas of difficulty such as theme parks (although there is no guarantee of this)

Disability ID cards with a photo are available and avoid people having to carry their paperwork.  An Islington ID card was developed by Centre 404 and has been in use for many years. New or replacement Islington ID cards are no longer available from Centre 404 as a new National Disabled Identification Card (DID) is now available.

Information about Disabled Identification Card can be found here: http://www.did-card.co.uk/index.php

The CEA Card is a national card scheme developed for UK cinemas and entitles you to one free ticket for the person who is accompanying a disabled person to the cinema. https://www.ceacard.co.uk/)



We have put together a guide of benefits in the UK including: Carers Allowance, ESA, DLA, PIP, National Insurance Credits, JSA, Working Tax Credits, Support For Mortgage Interest, Universal Credit, Housing Benefit and Benefit Cap. Centre 404 Supporting Families Team might be able to help with information, advice and application forms for some of those benefits and can also signpost you to the right service. Call the Supporting Families Team on 02076971325 for more information.

Click here to download an UK benefit guide and find out what you might be entitled to


Did you miss a group or workshop you really wanted to attend? don't worry, here you can view and download presentations from our guest speakers.


ASC for Tea

TFL -  We had Transport For London talking about the services they offer for people with disabilities.

Coding club - Annamarie, Parent Carer, is looking into starting a coding club for children on the Autistic Spectrum who have a talent for computer coding.

  • Wizzie Wizzie Coding club for all children between 8-14 (already running in Islington) - go to website 

Islington Autism Board - Ellie Chesterman, Joint Commissioning Manager - Disabilities, talked about the new Islington Autism Board, getting parents’ insight on the key issues in Islington.

Islington Challenging Behaviour Resource - Vicky Mathews (clinical psychologist) presenting on the new Islington Challenging Behaviour Resource designed to support a positive approach to behaviour management for people with severe and profound learning disabilities and/or Autism.

Transition to Adulthood - Lisa D’Costa, Transition Development Officer and ASSIST Consultant at the National Autistic Society presenting on Transition to Adulthood. 


Parents Forum (formerly Talking Shop)

28th November 2017 - We had Islington Healthwatch taling about their report on access to health services for people with autism, the Head of Isligton Pupil Services, Candy Holder, talking about their SEN Strategy for 2018-2020 and the Strategy and Commissioning Manager, Richard Wells, talking about Islington's SEN local offer.

SEND IASS (Family Action), Islington SENCO Co-ordinator and KIDS talking about education support at schools, the role of SENCOS and EHCPs.

Rights of parent carers of disabled children at the workplace  (flexible working, parental leave...) - Working Families, in parnership with the Law firm DLA Piper,.

Parent Participation, My journey - Jenny Buchan, a parent representative at the Islington Parent Action Group - How being involved in the Parents Forum help me and my son. We also talked about the structure and purpose of the Parents Forum and how the Parents Forum can tackle social isolation. 

  • My journey - How being involved in the Parents forum help me an my son - Jenny's presentation
  • How the Parents Forum help tackle social isolation - Centre 404's presentation

The Future of SEND provision in Islington - Candy Holder, Head of Pupil Services (Islington Council) presenting on the Implementation plan (last part of the consultation started in October 2015) and Local Area Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Inspection.

  • Future of SEND in Islington (Implementation plan) - Candy's presentation
  • Ofsted SNED Inspection - Candy's presentation

Purpose of a Parent Forum, new National Disability Cards, EHCPs and Preparing for Adulthood.

Islington School Improvement Team talking about their work fulfilling the Council’s statutory school improvement duties.

'Writing Social Stories' - Clare Ward from The Bridge Outreach service. Social Stories give a person information about situations they find difficult or confusing. They are a strength-based teaching strategy, which builds on natural skills and behaviours.

Islington Local Offer website, SEN Provision, new Short Breaks statement and Speech and Language difficulties Jo Hussain, Supporting Families Deputy Manager (Centre 404) and Alison Huneke, Helpline manager in Afasic.

Education provision for children and young people with SEND and SEN support in mainstream school. - Candy Holder, Head of Pupil Services (Islington Council) and Angie Fenn, Regional Development Manager at Contact a Family. 

Universal Credit, Education Provision review and Short Breaks services - Ian Smith, DWP National Partnership Team, Candy Holder, Head of Pupil Services, Islington Council, and Richard Wells, Short Breaks Manager, Islington Council.

 Access to SLT and OT - Sally Fraser, Clinical Lead Speech & Language Therapist 

SEND reforms and best practice in developing new EHC plans and the transfers of existing statements - David Wainwright, Vulnerable Pupils Service Development Manager for Islington and Matthew Dodd, Principal Officer from the Council for Disabled Children.


Writing Social Stories

23rd May 2016 - looking at a wide variety of sample Social Stories,workshopping stories that parents have already begun working on and creating new social stories using the simple framework.

Coping and Support for parents of children with SEN

18th March 2016 - Coping and support workshops help to identify stress and its impact on family life, look at the causes of stress, and provide tips on how to cope plus sources of advice and support.

Parental Step by Step guide to EHCPs

10th February & 1st March 2016 - Jo Hussain, Supporting Families Deputy Manager, presenting on the different sections of an EHCP and their importance, timeframes and outcomes.

Welfare Benefits workshop

23rd February 2016 - Eileen Broderick, Islington Income Maximisation (IMAX) and Ian Smith (DWP), presenting on Welfare Benefits (DLA, PIP and Universal Credit) under a local and national perspective.

Special Educational Needs and Puberty

27th January 2016 - Mark Brown, Special Needs Advisor, presenting on the concept of puberty, social development and sexualised behaviour.

Independent Support workshop

11th November 2015 - Louise The Menthon and Alison Sutherland (KIDS) presenting on transfers form statement to EHCPs and Lydia Wong (Centre 404) presenting on new EHCP request overview.

Workshop on using the Mental Capacity Act

4th November 2015 - The Mental Capacity Act protects and empowers individuals who may lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment. It is a law that applies to individuals aged 16 and over.

Wills and Trusts workshop

21st October 2015 - Damien Jones from Wellers Law Group presenting on wills and trusts. Why you need to make a Will, things to consider when planning for the future of the person you care for with a learning disability, and what Trusts are and how they work.

Helping Your Child Sleep

20th October 2015 - Mark Brown, Special needs advisor from Special Help for Special Needs, giving tips on how to manage your child’s sleep and providing information about additional sources of help, advice and support.

School Based Support

6th October 2015 - Helen Heery, SENCo network co-ordinator and Assistant Head for Includion at Tufnell Park Primary School, presenting on the role of SENCOS, support available and access to services at school.