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Easy Read Online

Easy News - Easy News is the first news magazine designed to be accessible for people with learning disabilities

New easy read guide helps people with learning disabilities to vote. see links below to Easy Read Guide to Local Elections


The Electoral Commission

Contact - Our New "Helpful Guide for Families with Disabled Children 

Please see below varioius Workshops and Programms that are available.

Updated - April 2021

Parenting Special Children - Support Service, parenting programmes & workshops

Parenting Special Children run specialist parenting programmes for parent/carers who have children with special needs, both pre and post assessement.

All programmes are FREE to families.

We cover Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire areas. 

Our Services Include:

The Diagnosis Support Service

Autism Service

Sleep Service

ADHD Service

Looked After & Adopted Children Service

Events and more….

We also offer Bespoke Training to organisations or Service Users

Contact us: Tel: 0118 986 3532

Address: The Arcade Building, 11 Glebe Road, Reading. RG2 7AG.

For more information, join the mailing list and receive PSC monthly newsletter please visit Parenting Special Children

Autism Berkshire

Autsim Berkshire deliver quality specialist services, training and social and leisure activities throughout the county, guided by a team of trustees with personal and professional experience of autism.

Our Services Include:



Home Visiting



Various Support Groups

Benefits Service

Leisure & Clubs

Contact us: Tel: 01189 594 594 or email us at  for more details.

Autism Berkshire 40 Caversham Road, Reading RG1 7EB

For more information visit Autism Berkshire



Berkshire Autism Alert Card

Provide a simple way for people living with autism to quickly and easily explain their condition to others, giving cardholders more confidence to go out and about.

Autism Berkshire issues the Berkshire Autism Alert Card free of charge to anyone with an autism spectrum condition on behalf of the Berkshire Autism Alert Card working group.

Contact us: Tel: 01189 594 594 or email us at for more details.

Autism Berkshire Unit 7, 40 Caversham Road, Reading RG1 7EB

For more information visit Autism Berkshire




The Cinema Exhibitors Association Card (CEA)

This is a national card scheme that can be used to verify that the holder is entitled to one free ticket for a person accompanying them to the cinema. Terms and Condition of use apply. To apply for the card, you will need to meet one or more of the following criteria:
a) Be in receipt of the disability living allowance or attendance allowance.
b) Be a registered blind person.
The card is valid for 1 year from the date of issue.

Further information and how to apply for a CEA card please follow the link below.

3 & 4 Year Old Free Early Years Funding (including 30 Hours Childcare)

30 Hours Childcare, Extended Entitlement -  Since September 2017 - The government has committed to doubling the amount of free childcare from 15 to 30 hours a week for working parents of three and four year olds.

For further information and how to apply, please follow the link below:

CResCent Resource Centre Courses

The CResCent Resource Centre run numerous courses and workshops throughout the year.

For details of all of their courses for 2018 please follow the link below:

The Centre can be accessed on Bus Route No. 21 from Reading - Beech Lane Stop

Autism Berkshire - Socialeyes Course

Socialeyes Course

This free course for adults on the autism spectrum helps them to develop social skills and understanding.

Socialeyes was developed by the National Autistic Society in conjunction with people with autism and Asperger syndrome and leading professionals in the field.

Socialeyes does not ask people on the autism spectrum to change ‘inappropriate’ social behaviour or to acquire social skills by copying the ‘typical’ behaviour of others. Instead, it gives people the option of learning social interaction skills or alternative social strategies.

It focuses on eight social skills that people on the autism spectrum can have difficulty with, including starting and ending a conversation, body language and facial expressions, eye contact and personal space.

The course is made up of weekly two-hour workshops, running over eight weeks in the evening.

Socialeyes courses in Reading, funded by the borough council, for participants aged 18 and above, are held at the New Directions Centre at 330 Northumberland Avenue, Whitley.

Please contact the Autism Berkshire office for more information on 01189 594 594 or email

Parenting Special Children - Workshops for Practitioners

Workshops for Practitioners

Parenting Special Children offers a number of topic-based workshops and conferences to professionals working with children and young people with special needs at very competitive prices.

For further information: Workshops for Practitioners