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Due to the COVID-19 situation, some of the organisations listed on this site have posted service updates and will continue doing so. Many phone lines and websites are still available, however some contact details may have changed. Try the organisation's own website if you're having difficulty getting through.

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Transition 16-25

Transition describes the move from children’s services to adult services. This can involve leaving school, transferring from children and family services to adult social care services, and/or transferring from paediatric services to adult health services, it can also involve leaving college and moving to employment. Family…

Transport

There are various types of transport available to Reading residents who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.  This includes council run services as well as private and voluntary sector organisations. School Transport Statutory free transport may be available for Pupils with an Education, Health & Care…

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering opportunities Volunteering is a great way to gain skills, build up confidence, achieve goals and make new friendships. What is a Volunteer? A volunteer is someone who does unpaid work or activities within the community. Why volunteer? Volunteering is a great way to meet new…

West Central Cluster Children Centres

Dear Children's Centre familiesIn light of recent Government advice regarding COVID-19 our Children's centres will be closed from today until further notice.We will be uploading regular updates, activities, tips and fun ideas for you to try at home with your children.Many thanksThe Reading Children’s centre…

West Cluster Children Centres

Dear Children's Centre familiesIn light of recent Government advice regarding COVID-19 our Children's centres will be closed from today until further notice.We will be uploading regular updates, activities, tips and fun ideas for you to try at home with your children.Many thanksThe Reading Children’s centre…

What are shared lives schemes?

‘Shared lives’ schemes are designed to support adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems, or other support needs. In shared lives, an adult with care needs is matched with an approved ‘shared lives carer’; the adult and the shared lives carer will share family and…

What is Autism?

What is autism? Autism is a complex developmental condition that typically appears during the first three or four years of a child's life, (girls are being diagnosed more frequently now as there is more knowledge about how autism effects girls). Autism impacts on the areas of…

What is Down's Syndrome?

What is Downs Syndrome? Down's syndrome, is a genetic condition that typically causes some level of learning disability and a characteristic range of physical features. Most babies born with Down's syndrome are diagnosed with the condition after birth and are likely to have: reduced muscle tone…

What is Dyslexia?

What is dyslexia? The word 'dyslexia' comes from the Greek language and means 'difficulty with words'. It is a difference in the area of the brain that deals with language and affects the underlying skills that are needed for learning to read, write and spell.…

What is Sensory Impairment

What is sensory impairment?   Sensory impairment is when one of your senses; sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste and spatial awareness, is no longer normal.  Examples - If you wear glasses you have a sight impairment , if you find it hard to hear or have…