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Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome

Autism

The information below relates to all aspects of autistic spectrum disorders (ASD), including Asperger’s syndrome.

The national organisations have a wealth of information on related topics, while local support groups can be helpful to families seeking others in the same situation. If you need specific information relating to your child, Signpost would be happy to help you research it.

Signpost is proud to have facilitated the setting up of a social group for teenagers with Asperger’s syndrome – the ‘Cozmic Club’. This club is run by parents, and is for young people between the ages of 12 and 21 who are in mainstream education. It has a waiting list – please contact us for more details, including the club’s leaflet.

Library books about ASD

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Signpost has a large library of books about autistic spectrum disorders which are available for parents to borrow. Books are also available for siblings and children with autism, including storybooks featuring young people with autism and non-fiction explaining the condition. See details of our library here, or contact us for more information.

National organisations include:

National Autistic Society

Contact: Carol Evans – National Director for Scotland & Northern Island

Address: Central Chambers, 109 Hope St, Glasgow, G2 6LL

Telephone: 0141 221 8090

Email: scotland@nas.org.uk

Website: http://www.autism.org.uk/

The NAS also runs the Autism Services Directory, which is an online UK-wide database of diagnostic services, schools, support groups, training courses, residential and day services and much more. It can be found athttp://www.info.autism.org.uk/

Scottish Society for Autism

Address: Hilton House, Alloa Business Centre, The Whins, Alloa, FK10 3SA

Telephone: 01259 720044

Fax: 01259 720051

E-mail: info@autism-in-scotland.org.uk

Website: http://www.autism-in-scotland.org.uk/

Local contacts include:

Lothian Autistic Society

Address: Davidson House, 57 Queen Charlotte Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 7EY

Tel: 0131 661 3834

Email: office@lothianautistic.org

Website: http://www.lothianautistic.org/

No6- The one-stop shop

For adults with High Functioning Autism or Asperger Syndrome in the Lothians.

Contact: Jane Neil-McLachlan

Address: 6 Melville Crescent, Edinburgh, EH3 7JA

Tel: 0131 240 2370

Email: oss@autisminitiatives.org

Website: http://www.number6.org.uk/

Cozmic Club & Motiv8 Club

The club is an ideal setting for young people with Asperger’s syndrome who attend mainstream schools to interact and make new friends within a supported setting. Contact Signpost for more details of this social group.