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HG logoHesley Group

Established in 1975, Hesley Group provides flexible, specialist residential services and schools. We aim to offer the best possible care, education and vocational opportunities for young people and adults, often with autism, who have a learning disability and complex needs with behaviour that may challenge.

The care and well-being of the people we support is paramount and everything we do is centred on ensuring their best interests are met. We help them stay safe and calm enough in the short term to learn the skills that will improve their quality of life in the long term.

All Hesley Group staff attend the Hesley Enhancing Lives Programme (HELP), a behaviour support approach based  on Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), which is accredited by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD). TCI is an internationally recognised, crisis prevention and management system that reduces the need to rely on high-risk interventions. TCI recognises that it is the actions and reactions of those around people that strongly shape and influence  behaviour, as well as social and emotional development. The emphasis is on empathy and proactive support.

For more information call 01302 866 906, email or visit

PrintThe National Autistic Society

We are the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. We provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism. Our work relies on your support, so please get involved or donate today.

We now know that more than one in 100 people has autism – that’s around half a million people in the UK today. We also know that, alone, we can only reach and support a small proportion of these people and their families. That’s why we’ll not only continue to give people and their families the very best information and support possible, we’ll focus on making sure that everyone responsible for supporting people with autism has the knowledge, skills and resources they need to work more efficiently and effectively.

We will be responsive to the needs of all people with autism – wherever they are on the autism spectrum and whatever the particular economic, social and political circumstances of the UK nation they live in.

We want to inform, inspire and motivate. We want lasting change. Our work has given us the experience, expertise and determination to do this.

Together, we will have a much bigger and better impact on people’s lives.

For more information call 020 7833 2299, email, or visit

PrintResearch Autism

Research Autism is the only UK charity dedicated to the promotion of high-quality research into autism treatments, therapies and other approaches. We are independent. We carry out our own research and also provide impartial information about autism approaches and research conducted by others. Our website meets the requirements of the NHS Information standard, which confirms the scientific rigour that is applied to all content and opinion. Our vision is of a world in which people with autism are no longer excluded, and where they and their families are able to enjoy a good quality of life.

Research Autism is the only UK charity exclusively dedicated to research into interventions in autism.

Established in 2003 as the Autism Intervention Research Trust, we carry out high quality, independent research into new and existing health, education, social and other interventions. Our goal is the improvement of quality of life and outlook for the individuals affected and those around them.

We have the active support of some of the world’s leading figures in autism and research. They have given freely of their time and expertise to work with us. We also work closely with our research sponsor, the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge, as well as with other organisations such as the National Autistic Society.

As far as possible, we also try to work with individuals on the autism spectrum, carers, service providers and policy makers to make sure that our research addresses real issues and that it makes a significant difference to people’s lives.

We receive generous financial support from a range of organisations and individuals. The support we receive from them is freely given and does not influence the editorial policy of this site.

Please consider getting involved with us and help us to continue our vital work. By acting today you can make a difference tomorrow!

For more information call 020 3490 3091, email, or visit

Autistic UK logoAutistic UK

Autistic UK is the only national campaigning organisation in the UK run by autistic people. It campaigns in the UK and beyond to advance the interests of all autistic people and offers information, support and informal advice to those with a neurological difference.

Autistic UK does not seek to represent autistic people.

It aims to ensure that autistic people have the opportunity to represent themselves. We need mechanisms and processes which empower autistic people and enable them to represent themselves.

Autistic UK envisions Autistic People’s Organisations (APOs) in every locality in the UK, independent autonomous groups able to use the umbrella of Autistic UK to come together into a national network.

Autistic UK recognises that many autistic people are unable to represent themselves or experience great difficulty in doing so.

We recognise the importance of carers, family members, friends and supporters of autistic people and welcome these non-autistic people as associate members.

Autistic UK believes in unity and consensus and in seeking common ground.

For more information call 0121 259 6384 or 0774 234 7384, email, or visit

Mike AyresMike Ayres

We design and create multi-sensory environments, sensory studios, soft play rooms and safe rooms for anyone with additional and special needs. The company offers a complete service, from beginning to completion and ongoing maintenance. We also manufacture switch access systems and have an extensive mail order catalogue of multi-sensory products.

Mike Ayres is a professional designer with 30 years experience in creating equipment and environments for people with special needs.

He was instrumental in introducing the Dutch concept of ‘Snoezelen’ into Britain in the 1980’s. Since then he has worked on multi-sensory concepts, environments and products for care and education. This web site features many of Mike’s original projects.

He continues to work on new concepts for whole buildings, individual environments and products, working with architects, project teams, educationalists and professionals in the caring industry. He aims to design and produce the very best equipment and environments for people with special needs and to enable everyone to function successfully in an inclusive environment.

For more information call 01359 251 551, email, or visit

OMi 2015OM Interactive

OMI is a leading UK developer and provider of motion activated interactive sensory systems, Their unique gesture controlled systems deliver multiple benefits for individuals with ASD. Used as controlled stimuli, it is encouraging learning through imitation, improving communication, increasing attention span, self-awareness, reducing stress and more.

Founded in 2005, OMi is a pioneer in the design, development and supply of gesture-controlled interactive technology for the education, health, special needs and leisure sectors. OMi systems provide an incredibly powerful tool that can inspire and engage people of all ages – fun whilst learning.

OMi gesture–controlled systems are developed from a fusion of art and science, combining images, colour, movement and sounds to create motion-activated solutions for virtual reality, physical therapy, multisensory stimulation and immersive play.

At the heart of every OMi gesture controlled system is a huge selection of unique interactive content. Themes include; Interactive Music, Educational, Our World, Theme Explorer, Playtime, Sensory & Relaxation, Festive, Explore and many others. A comprehensive suite of options offer a rewarding experience for all audiences, regardless of age and ability.

With hundreds of successful installations and satisfied clients throughout the UK from schools to medical trusts and high profile commercial organisations, OMi are proud of achieving ‘10 years’ of market-led innovation and customer service.

Our creative team is dedicated to offering continuous customer support, advice and updates.

For more information call 01442 215 555, email or visit


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