The SNAP Directory is the 'A-Z' for parents with children with special needs. It supports and guides us when we are lost for information on so many issues.

Vicky - Braintree

A brilliant point of reference, always packed full of clear and useful information

Malcolm - Billericay

11+ Information

The '11+ Information' is designed to provide useful information for those families with children of secondary school age. 

It was identified that parents of children with special needs who are in full-time education needed an easier way to access relevant updates about training opportunities, after school activities and weekend or holiday clubs, along with education or benefit updates and other events. 

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SNAP Summer Survival Guide –

Don’t forget to have a look at this year’s Summer Survival Guide for useful ideas and information to help you through the holiday period, together with activities and events from other organisations. 

Anderson School –

An interview with the head teacher of the new National Autistic Society school in Chigwell, which opens in September. 

Easy Dressing Clothing Range –

Marks & Spencer has a range of adapted school uniform for ages 2 to 16. The range has been designed in collaboration with The National Autistic Society.

SEN Show –

This annual event at the Business Design Centre in London will be held on 6-7 October 2017.  It is free to enter to access the resources, advice and support available. Plus for parents there is a Parent & Carer Forum with seminars all day on the Saturday.

Disabled Children: A Legal Handbook –

This authoritative yet accessible guide to the legal rights of disabled children and their families in England and Wales is available to freely download online.  Each chapter explains the difference between what public bodies must do to support disabled children and that which they may do.

STOP Programme –

STOP is an effective 10-week parenting course for parents and/or carers of young people aged 10 to 16. The next course will start in September at St Martin’s School in Brentwood.

What? Why? Children in Hospital –

The WWCIH charity makes video clips suitable for children to help children and parents prepare for hospital and answer some of their questions starting with What? And Why? Videos include children having tests and scans and also pretend hospital play ideas to prepare your child for hospital visits.

Essex Outdoors –

There are Open Events at Mersea and Danbury centres for children and young people aged 8 to 18 with a disability in August. There are also Short Break opportunities throughout the summer at all centres.

Accessing Public Services Toolkit –

The second edition of Cerebra’s problem-solving guide for parents is available to download from their website.

Girls and Autism: Flying Under the Radar –

A guide from Nasen identifying the key issues for girls on the autism spectrum and giving practical school-based support strategies.

Amazing Things Happen –

A lovely animated film about autism. 


Please remember to visit this page regularly for more updates throughout the year.