Below are some organizations that may be of help or interest.

The information and links on this page are from other organizations,

and are not part of First Opportunities.

Website: The National Autistic Society

Is the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. They provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.

Website: SCARF

SCARF (Supporting special Children and their Relatives and Friends) is a charity based in the New Forest which organise regular social and holiday events for children with special needs and their families. Children are aged 0 -19 and have a range of disabilities and special needs, such as Down’s Syndrome, autism and cerebral palsy.

Website: Makaton

Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order.

Website: PECS

The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is a successful approach that uses pictures to develop communication skills. It is appropriate for children and adults with a wide range of learning and communication difficulties including autism. Easy to access, affordable to implement and scientifically supported as one of the most effective communication interventions, PECS is an opportunity to open the door to spontaneous communication.


Website: Family Fund

Family Fund provide grants to families raising disabled and seriously ill children aged 17 and under.


Government website providing information and services.