One of the key methods that we use to keep parents and families informed of what's happening here in Portsmouth is an e newsletter. It's essentially an email currently sent out once a week to all members telling them about the ongoing activities of PASN. Many members find it to be invaluable.
A RADAR key allows you to access any locked disabled toilet so you can have a day out without any toilet accidents or confusion.
You can obtain a RADAR key from DIAL Disability Helpline at the Frank Sorrell Centre, Prince Albert Road, Southsea 02392 824853 or Contact the National Key scheme via www.radar.org.uk or 02072503222. The cost of the key is £2.50.
Disabled Living Allowance
If your child has an autistic spectrum disorder you should be able to claim Disability Living Allowance. Phone the freephone number 08457 123456 to request an application pack. The National Autistic Society website has some very helpful tips on claiming Disability Living Allowance for a child on the Autistic Spectrum. Try this linkhttp://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=300 If this does not work, go to www.nas.org.uk then click on "How to get help", then click on "Further reading", then "Information Sheets"then "Care and Benefits". This will take you to the page about welfare benefits. On this page you can get guidelines for completing forms, keeping a DLA diary, and other useful advice.
HAS Weekend Breaks at the QE ll Activity Centre
Would you like a weekend break for the family in a log cabin? If this interests you please open the attached flyer and see how much fun you can have at the QE ll breaks being offered by Hampshire Autistic Society. Full booking details and named contacts are on the flyer.
QE2 Project (446kb)
Does your ASD child run off in public?
"Crelling Harnesses" make harnesses for people who have additional needs and can be useful for children who tend to run off, and who have outgrown the traditional reins. They also make a variety of harnesses for car travel (which must be used in conjunction with standard fitted vehicle safety belts).
Their contact details are:
Telephone: 01253 852298
Does your child have problems with becoming clean and dry?
Some children with autistic spectrum disorder can take longer to acquire continence than other children. There are many sources of information to help parents;
Health Visitors/Paediatric Nurses
Primary Mental Health Workers
The National Autistic Society"s website - www.nas.org.uk
ERIC-Enuresis and Information Centre-
34 Old School House, Britannia Road, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 8DB
A very informative booklet from ERIC "I can do it" a guide for parents of children with a learning difficulty.
"Toilet Training for individuals with autism and related disorders: a comprehensive guide for parents and teachers",
by Maria Wheeler.
Published by Jessica Kingsley-ISBN I 88547 745 7
For bedding protection contact-
46 Aston Road, Waterlooville, PO7 7XJ
Tel 023 9224 0099
For advice or information on any continence products-waterproof bedding, leaflets, etc
PromoCon 0161-214 5959
If your child reaches 4 years and has not acquired daytime continence despite trying a toilet training programme, or if they are not ready to, contact your Health Visitor and ask for an assessment for eligibility for pads/nappies for your child. Some children may be eligible for a contribution towards their nappies or pads.
What is Portage?
Portage is a home visiting educational service for pre-school children with additional support needs and their families. Children referred to Portage range from those having an identified condition with possible developmental delays to children at risk of a delay. Portage teaching can provide short term or long term support that is relevant to the needs of the child and family.
What does Portage aim to do?
The aim of Portage is to support the development of young children's play, communication, relationships, and full participation in day to day life and in the family, home and community. Portage aims to build on abilities and strengths whilst acknowledging that parents know their child best.
How is this done?
Families are visited weekly at home by a trained Portage Home Visitor. Parents are invited to share their understanding of their child''s individual gifts,abilities and needs. All areas of the child''s development are assessed and goals for future learning can begin the process of Portage. These may focus on developing movement, learning, play, communication and participation in everyday living.
Do Portage Visitors work with anyone else?
Portage Visitors work in partnership with other professionals and practitioners such as Health Visitors, Speech Therapists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Family Support Workers etc. to offer a more coordinated service.
HAS Police Autism Alert Card
ALWAYS CARRY YOUR ALERT CARD ! Hampshire Autistic Society, in partnership with Hampshire Police, launched the Alert Card Project on 7th October 2008. The aim of the Alert Card is to support people with ASD should they find themselves in any type of contact with the Police. The card should be carried at all times and shown to an Officer in the case of an incident or situation. The Police will be able to support the person in an appropriate manner and contact a named person listed on the back of the card to assist with supporting the person during their time in Police care.For more information go to www.has.org.uk If you require further information on the Alert Card, or any other information, please contact the Outreach Department on 023 8063 3951.
Don't let your days out be spoilt. Before you make a trip, phone the place you will be visiting to see what the place can offer you in the way of free/reduced entry, whether staff are trained to be disability aware and what provision is made for visitors who may find queuing difficult.
Evidence of DLA
Take with you any evidence that may be required, evidence of receiving DLA, letter from GP, Letter from Social worker or a registered disabled card which can be obtained from your social worker. Normally proof of DLA is sufficient for any place as proof of meeting disability concessions.