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COVID-19: Guidance for care staff who are supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults

posted 26 Apr 2020, 23:42 by Gemma Sampford   [ updated 26 Apr 2020, 23:42 ]

The government has released guidance for care staff who are supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Click on the link velow for more details.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments

posted 21 Apr 2020, 06:46 by Gemma Sampford   [ updated 21 Apr 2020, 07:06 ]

The government has published advice for people who buy care and support through a direct payment, as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and those who provide care and support.

Click on the links below for further details.

Autism Research into Practice - Free to parents/carers

posted 15 Apr 2020, 04:58 by Gemma Sampford   [ updated 15 Apr 2020, 04:58 ]

Friday 26th June 2020

Please note this event is now going live. Access this event online, remotely from your safe space! 

Now FREE to parent/carers. 

The inaugural IMPACT autism symposium. With Dame Stephanie Shirley to celebrate her leading support for autism research.

Keynote speakers presenting on: Autism Research into Practice:  innovative solutions to empower children with autism and their families/caregivers. 

Click on the flyer below for more details.

Adult Ladies Support Group on Facebook

posted 9 Apr 2020, 04:23 by Gemma Sampford   [ updated 9 Apr 2020, 04:23 ]

In light of current events and for the foreseeable future, staff at Action for ASD are launching a ladies support group on Facebook, to take place on Monday each week (unless otherwise arranged).

If you would like to join us, please email Jane or Michelle for more information.

The aim of the group is to help you feel connected, to share our experiences, useful information, achievements, and promote a healthy frame of mind and positive wellbeing.

Each week we will focus on a specific topic chosen by our members, and occasionally led by our members too, in a safe and private space that we can all enjoy.

For further details click on the link below to download the flyer.

Family Resources

posted 9 Apr 2020, 02:38 by Gemma Sampford   [ updated 9 Apr 2020, 02:39 ]

We have sourced a few different resource packs to help families deal with self-isolating and anxiety. There is a lot of useful information and printable resources. Don't forget to check out the links in the resource packs.

We hope you find them useful. Keep Safe!

Coping with the Coronavirus Crisis - Resilience for Families Under Pressure

posted 9 Apr 2020, 01:05 by Gemma Sampford   [ updated 9 Apr 2020, 01:10 ]

Learn useful psychology-based strategies to help your family cope during the current crisis and beyond.

Wednesday, 15 April 2020
19:00 – 19:30 
About this Event
If you're a family with one or more autistic children, you may be facing extra challenges at home because of the impact of the Coronavirus crisis. Your usual sources of support may be unavailable or difficult to access. Perhaps you're feeling like it's all a bit too much!

Click here for further information

The webinar will be hosted online. All you need is access to the internet via a tablet, laptop or PC. Closer to the event date you will be sent a link for joining the webinar so please make sure you provide the correct email address when booking.

Covid-19 Hospital Passport

posted 9 Apr 2020, 00:28 by Gemma Sampford   [ updated 9 Apr 2020, 00:36 ]

NHS East Lancashire want to encourage all individuals with learning disabilities and/or Autism or their carers to complete this hospital Passport. It should be conveyed to hospital with them. 

Traditionally a hospital passport has been used to support people with learning disabilities and/or Autism should they be admitted to hospital. It communicates their likes, dislikes, communication issues, how they express pain etc. 

This one has been developed by Learning Disability England to support the current Coronavirus crisis.

Click on the link below to download the passport

Children’s Service: Autism Awareness Week 30th March-5th April 2020

posted 1 Apr 2020, 04:24 by Gemma Sampford   [ updated 1 Apr 2020, 04:24 ]

To celebrate Autism Awareness week we will be uploading useful information several topics all week. If anyone would like to send me information to share/contribute just email children@actionasd.org.uk.

www.facebook.com/groups/ActionforASD and www.facebook.com/ActionforASD

Monday 30th March
Understanding Autism:-Information sharing for all the family. Explaining Autism to children.

Tuesday 31st March
Autism & Girls:-Information sharing well known women with a diagnosis of ASC.

Wednesday 1st April
Behaviour:-What causes behaviour? Strategies and crisis/support plans. ABC charts & the Iceberg.

Thursday 2nd April
Celebrating Autism:-Share positive stories & share information about famous autistic people.

Friday 3rd April
Communication:-Strategies to try. Visual timetables & social stories.

Saturday 4th April
Sensory:-What is sensory processing? How are we all coping staying in isolation?

Sunday 5th April
PDA & Anxiety:-What is PDA? How are we all coping anxiety wise? Strategies available.

Children’s Services Support Helplines & Emergency Contacts

posted 30 Mar 2020, 04:20 by Gemma Sampford   [ updated 30 Mar 2020, 04:21 ]

We have put together a list of support services that you may find useful. Click on the link below for more information. 

If as a parent/carer you would like to request support or information please contact the children’s service on 07809 903 852 or email

We will still be working hard to provide support via phone, email, social media, skype, our website and facebook where needed. Plus, we are planning some alternative ways to share training & support online. 

Please join our Facebook group if you are a children’s service member


Please share with anyone in East Lancashire or BwD who may need support during these difficult times. To request a membership form please email children@actionasd.org.uk

Thank you & stay safe 🙂
Robin, Karen and Amy 
Action for ASD’s Children Service


Coronavirus Information Links

posted 30 Mar 2020, 01:26 by Gemma Sampford   [ updated 30 Mar 2020, 04:21 ]

Dear Members

Due to the current Coronavirus Pandemic, Action for ASD has taken the decision to cancel all groups, coffee mornings and training events until further notice.

Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience but the health and safety of our staff and clients is paramount.

We will send out further updates via our mailing list, website and Facebook updates.

For the latest Government and NHS guidance, please click on the links below.



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