Useful Links
(Please note: NAS IOW does not endorse any products or services listed on this page other than its own.  It is merely for your own reference and information)


Family Information Zone (FIZ)

A free impartial information & signposting service for children, young people (up to 25 years) and their families with additional needs, learning difficulties or disabilities. 
-Providing families with information on activities, events, news and issues that are relevant to their needs.
-Facilitate completion of enrolment forms for activities and short breaks available through the Short Break's Programme.
-Regular newsletters.
-Attend parent groups and forums.
-Support parents to find appropriate childcare or day care services.
-Support parents to access alternative funding to meet family needs.
-Benefit Health Check.
T: 01983 821999

Short Breaks
The Short Breaks service on the Isle of Wight provides a range of fun and exciting activities and opportunities for children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs.
These activities range from after-school, evening, weekend  and during the school holiday activities and overnight stays for children and young people (up to the age of 19). These activities provide a ‘short break’ for the family or carer whilst their child or young person is participating in a safe and fun activity which meets their needs.
T: 01983 823168 and General Enquiries: 01983 823434

You can also apply for your free Short Breaks Gateway Card HERE

Beaulieu Respite
Breaks for children and young people who have been referred from Social Services.
T: 01983 533024


Disability Living Allowance/ Carers Allowance
If you or your child have been diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder then you may be able to claim DLA.  If you care for someone with ASD you may also be able to claim CA.  Check your eligibility and fill out the application at: 
The Family Fund
A charitable organisation which can help with grants for essential items such as washing machines, fridges and clothing but can also consider grants for sensory toys, computers and much needed family breaks together.
T: 01904 621115


Positive Difference

Autism awareness, sensory products, communication aids etc.  Free Island delivery.
T: 07766 142468

(The 'Happy Wheels' logo is copyright of Hannah Ensor Stickman Communications)

People Matter IW
People Matter IW is there for any adult who defines themselves as having support needs and carers of people who have support needs.
T: 01983 241494

Brain in Hand
Using smartphone technology and a secure website, Brain in Hand is an app which allows users to achieve goals and levels of independence that were previously not possible.
T: 01392 247909


ADRC (Autism Diagnostic & Research Centre)
Based in Southampton, the ADRC’s main focus is on the assessment and diagnosis of autism including those cases identified on the Isle of Wight. It is also involved in other services including autism awareness training, post-diagnostic intervention, and training and consultation.
An important part of this is to develop tools and methodology that will improve assessment, diagnosis, and intervention strategies for people with autism.
T: 023 8020 2631

Lucy Walshe (Educational & Therapeutic Psychologist)
A private, independent service offering both advice and assessments as well as help and therapeutic support for a range of people covering a range of issues including learning difficulties, anger management, confidence, anxiety, stress and issues related to developmental disorders such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
T: 01983 609732

Provides specialist assessments, advice and support for development, behaviour, socialising, Autism, ADHD, Anxiety and learning difficulties.
T: 01983 853486 / 07815 131659


Bridges 4 Learning
B4L is an Educational Psychology Service registered as a Community Interest Company and works with parents in support of their children through educational assessments and training.


Information, advice and support for people with an autism spectrum disorder, families and professionals
393 City Road, London, EC1V 1NG
T: 020 7833 2299

NAS Autism Helpline
for impartial, confidential information, advice and support
T: 0808 800 4104
(free from landlines and most mobiles)

NAS Welfare Rights Service
will take details of your enquiry and arrange a telephone
appointment with the Welfare Rights Advisor
T: 0808 800 4104
(free from landlines and most mobiles)

NAS Community Care Service
will help you get help
from your local social services department.
Phone the main Autism Helpline. They will take details of your enquiry and arrange a telephone
appointment with the Community Care Adviser
T: 0808 800 4104
(free from landlines and most mobiles)

NAS Education Rights Service
This service is provided by volunteers.
You should allow about a week for a response
T: 0808 800 4102
(free from landlines and most mobiles)

NAS Parent to Parent Line
for parents who just want to talk with an understanding volunteer parent whose
child has an ASD
T: 0808 800 4106 (free from landlines and most mobiles)

NAS Website (lots of useful information about autism)  

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