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.

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16+ Information

The '16+ Information' is designed to provide useful information for families with children aged 16 and older.
It was identified that parents of children with special needs who have made the transition from full time education needed an easier way to access relevant updates about training opportunities, social activities and weekend or clubs, along with education or benefit updates and other events.

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The Bond Hotel – Blackpool

This award-winning hotel caters for all manner of disabilities and is situated close to the heart of Blackpool and its many attractions. It is the UK’s largest accessible hotel and has many facilities to make planning your getaway as easy as possible.

National Autistic Society – Diverted (Unexpected Changes) 

The NAS has created a new ‘Too Much Information’ video about how unexpected changes can affect someone on the spectrum.

Are You Autistic? – Channel 4

Broadcast on Channel 4 on Wednesday 28th March, Anna Richardson and campaigners Georgia Harper and Sam Ahern set out to uncover the true face of autism in the UK today. It is now available to view on demand via All 4.

SEN peer support group – Maldon 

Relaxed and friendly support group for families with children who have an additional need or disability. This group is parent-led and is held monthly at Maldon Community pre-school. There will be toys and activities available for pre-school children. The next group is on Friday 20th April 2018 1:00pm to 2:30pm.

Lambourne End Adventure and Farm Open Day

Lambourne End will be holding an open day on Sunday 22nd April 2018. It is a chance to visit their centre and enjoy having a go at their adventure, garden and farm activities.

Lambourne End – Food for Thought Programme

Lambourne End also have some funded spaces on their Food for Thought programme, which has been designed to help young people with additional needs gain the skills they need to make the transition from school to adult life. The programme is for young people aged 14 to 18 years old and is a great opportunity to gain independence skills, learn and put into practice life skills, and improve their social skills.

Can Do – volunteering project for disabled people

Can Do is a volunteering programme for disabled people in Essex and is open to young disabled people aged from 10 to 35 years old. Can Do aims to help young people to feel part of the local community, learn new skills, have fun, grow in confidence and make friends. Young people can volunteer as an individual or as a group.

Beanstalk Children’s Therapy – Open Day

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Beanstalk Children’s Therapy will be holding an open day at their fully equipped therapy centre in Chelmsford on Saturday 28th April. See flyer for more details.

Relaxed Performance of Matilda the Musical

The Royal Shakespeare Company is holding a relaxed performance of Matilda the musical at the Cambridge Theatre in London on Sunday 10th June at 3pm.

Pink Unicorns

A south Essex support group for parents of girls with high anxiety and an autism spectrum disorder or social communication needs has their next meeting on Tuesday 12th June in Canvey Island. They are pleased to announce they will be joined by Julie Sawford from the Rayleigh Mega Centre, to talk about the support that is available there. They will also be joined by an Autism Specialist Teacher and Suzanne Davidson, a private Life Coach, to talk about Developing Resilience.

Zinc Arts – Easter Holiday Sessions

Places are still available at the Zinc Arts’ Easter holiday sessions for children aged 5 to 11 years.

Network Autism - Supporting Autistic Pupils with Exams

Carla Manini-Rowden, Education Rights and Lifelong Learning Services Manager at the National Autistic Society, discusses how schools and teachers can support autistic pupils to prepare for and sit their exams.

PACT for Autism – Easter Holiday Sessions

The Harlow based group is running several holiday sessions over the Easter break. Families must pre-book and be registered with PACT to attend.

Preparing for Adulthood – Housing Support Booklet

Preparing for Adulthood has produced a booklet to help people with learning disabilities find a housing choice right for them. This booklet is designed to provide information that will support a discussion with someone with learning disabilities who is thinking about moving into their own home.

Carers FIRST

From 1st April, Carers FIRST will be delivering the Essex Carers Service across the county. They will be supporting carers and families by providing emotional and practical support, advice, information and guidance, and opportunities for carers to access training, social groups, activities, trips and more.

Firefly – Travel Sleep Solutions Survey

Firefly wants to know more about the special needs sleep solutions families use when away from the home or travelling. You can complete their short survey online.

FestABLE – Festival of Specialist Learning

Taking place at The National Star College in Cheltenham, FestABLE is the UK’s first National Festival of Specialist Learning. It will bring together young people, parents and professionals to debate, challenge, learn and to look for solutions facing young people with disabilities in specialist learning. FestABLE will provide speakers, workshops, forums and a range of activities from key note speakers to workshops on assistive technology and therapies. In the Festival Village there will be fun activities, music and food.

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