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Knots Arts continue to successfully support youngsters with social and communication difficulties.  Drama sessions for children aged 5 to 13, and a youth group for for teenagers run every Saturday in term-time in East Sheen/Mortlake. They have a limited number of funded and assisted places for the clubs.  

If you would like to find out more, please contact Cassie Yates on 07947 212485 or email


Would you like to chat with other family carers in a similar situation? Have you ever wanted the opportunity to get some support from someone who's been in your shoes? The Challenging Behaviour Foundation's Family Carers' Email Network could be for you!

The network is open to any family member caring for a relative with severe learning disabilities whose behaviour is described as challenging. So whether you are a parent, sibling, grandparent or even an aunt or uncle, you will be very welcome to join.

All the messages are anonymous and you can ask for advice on any issue you'd like. There have been questions about challenging behaviour, iPad apps, strong furniture, how to become a deputy, renovating your house...the possibilities are endless.

To join the network you can email Jessica at For more information about the Challenging Behaviour Foundation and what it can offer you, please visit their website:


Dimensions works with Showcase, Vue, Cineworld and Odeon Cinemas to screen a variety of films on Sundays throughout the year in a sensory friendly environment.

During these special screenings, the lights will be on low, the volume will be turned down, there will be no trailers at the beginning of the film, you'll be able to take your own food and drinks and be able to move around the cinema if you wish.

Details of what films are being shown by which cinema chain are given below:

Sunday 23rd April - ‘Peppa Pig' - Odeon

Sunday 30th April - 'Moana' - Vue

Sunday 7th May - 'Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2' - Cineworld

Sunday 14th May - 'Boss Baby' - Showcase

To find your nearest participating cinema and to make an online booking, please visit Dimension's Latest autism friendly films webpage. To book a tickets by telephone, call Odeon cinemas on 0800 138 3315, Cineworld on 0871 200 2000, Showcase on 0871 220 1000 and for Vue cinemas, please call them on 08712 240 240.




Richmond Inclusive Sports and Exercise (RISE) provides a varied programme of activities for children and young people who have a disability.

These activities include football, Fusion junior dance, golf, rugby, swimming, tennis trampolining and wheelchair basket ball. RISE also offers its Saturday Multi-Sport Club plus Rise to Shine. Rise to Shine is a project to get young people who live or go to school in Richmond Borough involved in the London Youth Games.

For more detail of these activities, please visit RISE children/young people. If you would like any further information about RISE, inclusive and disability specific sport or exercise activities, call RISE on 020 8831 6181/6134 or email

from Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm.

RISE also offers sporting opportunities to adults, the details of which can be found on the Young People and Adults page.


Disney and the National Autistic Society are delighted to present their fourth dedicated autism friendly performance of The Lion King, welcoming everyone in a friendly, supportive environment and creating a theatrical event you will never forget.

Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains to the evocative rhythms of Africa, The Lion King uses breathtaking theatrical magic to tell the story of Simba’s epic journey from wide eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.

The theatre staff have had specialist training and will be on hand from the moment you call to book your tickets until you leave the theatre. On the day, volunteers from the NAS and Disney will be positioned throughout the theatre to support you.

Outside of the auditorium there will be relaxed quiet areas which you can visit at any point, and special adjustments have been made to the production, including lighting and sound, in order to make the environment comfortable for all.

When: Sunday 4th June 2017

Where: Lyceum Theatre, 21, Wellington Street, London. WC2E 7RQ

Prices: TBA

Age range: 6 years and above

To be kept informed about the 2017 performance, please visit Lion King Registration and submit your contact details. Please click on Lion King to download a visual guide to this performance. You might also like to read a moving account the 2013 Lion King performance by Lizi Jackson from her blog Through Accepting Limits.


The Curly Hair Project aims to help women and girls who have an autism spectrum condition and their loved ones who don't have this condition to communicate and understand each other better.

Should you have a daughter who has a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition, or if you have this diagnosis yourself or think you could be 'on the spectrum', why not book a place on a Curly Hair Project workshop?

Details of forthcoming workshops can be found on the Young People and Adults page  and if you would like to learn more about the Curly Hair Project, its services and resources, do visit


RISE would like to inform you of the new dates for their Richmond Inclusive Sports & Exercise (RISE) weekly activities this Spring.

Richmond Borough's Spring Brochure gives information about the sporting activities being offered; page 16 in particular detailing those offered by RISE to children, young people and adults who have additional needs. You can also find this information on the RISE webpage.

For more information, email RISE at or call 020 8831 6181/6134

between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday.


NAS Kingston is again offering children with autism and their families the opportunity to attend their Sunday Play sessions. These are based at two locations:

The Pod, Hawker Centre, Lower Ham Road, Kingston. KT2 5BH

When: Sunday 21st May, 16th July, 1st October, 17th December. 3.30pm to 5.15pm

Based at the YMCA Hawker Centre, the Pod is a two storey soft play installation including a multi-sensory room situated to the rear of the play area. The room has bubble mirrors, a laser star projector, bubble tube and infinity tunnel. NAS Kingston will have private use of the space, their is a cafe available for drinks, etc, and siblings are welcome. Please remember that parents are responsible for their children throughout the session and must supervise them.

If you would like to join in the fun, please email so that NAS Kingston have an idea of numbers because there is a limit on the number of children they can take.  


Warren Park (Action for Children), Kingston Hill, KT2 7LX

When: Sunday 21st May, 25th June, 17th September, 19th November.

           3.00pm to 5.00pm

The facilities here include a sensory room, soft play, an outdoor trampoline, a slide and bikes. There is no need to book - just turn up. Parents are responsible for their children, and no children are allowed in the kitchen area.


This Friday (28th April), we will be holding another of our drop-in coffee mornings, and time just for you to come along, have a cuppa, meet other people and share thoughts, ideas plus any issues you may have. 

We understand what it is like to live with an autism spectrum condition and offer a listening ear, support, plus signposting to other relevant organisations and services as and when appropriate. All are welcome, whether you are new to the world of autism spectrum conditions or not - we're here for you.

There are a few places available in Me Too & Co's crèche for pre-school children and those children not currently in formal education. Places need to be booked in advance and depend on the number of volunteers available that morning. If you would like to book a place in the crèche, please email

As usual, tea and coffee will be provided by Me Too and Co. Although there is no charge for refreshments, contributions would be greatly appreciated by Me Too & Co to cover their costs.

Look forward to meeting you.


Calling all London Underground train enthusiasts! Transport for London (TfL) are offering an exciting opportunity for autistic people to visit London Underground and be shown how the Tube works 'behind the scenes'.

TfL are looking for children (with carers) or autistic adults (with or without a support worker, as appropriate) who would like to meet with London Underground staff for either a ride in a train driver's cab, a station visit or a visit to the Waterloo and City line service control room. The visit will be hosted by staff who have been trained about autism, and your needs and preferences will be taken into account in the planning of the visit. There will be some opportunities for 'hands-on' activity during the visit, plus some free merchandise to take home!

When: Last week in May during the day time

Where: White City (train ride), Bond Street Station (station visit),

             Waterloo Station (service control visit)

The entire experience will take about 2 to 3 hours and you will travel free on the Underground during your visit. For people not comfortable travelling on their own they can bring a parent/carer, support worker or similar.

If you would like to take part, do get in touch with


This spring, Tower Bridge's Autism Friendly Early Open Mornings return, opening its doors early for children with autism and other needs, as well as their siblings, families and carers.

Families will be able to explore the Exhibition and Engine Rooms in a calm, relaxed atmosphere and also take part in a family craft activity if they wish. Also available will be a family trail, which visitors can complete at their own pace. You can also download a Visual Story to help prepare for the visit.

Autism Friendly Open Mornings will take place on the following Saturdays:

20th May, 17th June, 19th August, 16th September

Places are limited so booking is essential.To ensure a calm, relaxed environment in the ticket office, Tower Bridge will be operating a timed entry system.

Entry times: 8.45am, 9.00am, 9.15am, 9.30am (general public admitted at 10.00am)

Tickets for the April event are on sale via an Eventbrite page  and for any questions beforehand, email or call 020 7940 8397


Available to eligible families, this pass enables free entry to a range of family programmes at Orleans House Gallery, including Dad Day, Sunday Afternoon Art, Family Explorers Art, Draw and Explore, plus My Richmond.

These passes are available for those who are:

Unemployed, receiving benefits (including Income Support, Job Seekers or Disability Allowance), caring for a child with a disability, have English as an additional language or are foster parents.

Please contact if you would like to apply for a Family Pass. You can also find out more about the family programmes and the Family Pass by visiting Free Family Passes.


For all you Prom lovers, BBC Proms is holding the World's first ever Relaxed Prom, featuring the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The BBC Relaxed Prom (Prom 19) will be open to everyone, but the concert will be specifically designed to welcome families who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment.

This will be suitable for children and adults with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities as well as individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted.

In this live concert, the full forces of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales bring you popular classics and music from TV and film for all the family to enjoy. Presented by conductor Grant Llewellyn and musician Andy Pidcock, the Relaxed Prom is an interactive and fun experience of music in a welcoming environment.

Also available are a couple of guides to help prepare for your visit:

        Guide for Parents/Guardians /Carers to the Relaxed Prom

   •     Visual Story for the Relaxed Prom

When: Saturday 29 July 2017, 12.00pm

Where: Royal Albert Hall. Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2A

Price: £6.00 (plus booking fee)

The Prom will be on wider public sale on 12th May. Until this date, booking will be possible only via the link and promotional code(s) below. You will need the following promo codes in order to book tickets:

     •     Promo code: 27584 (Standard Pre-sale)

     •     Promo code: 27582 (Pre-sale with Audio Description)

     •     Promo code: 27583 (Pre-sale with British Sign Language interpretation)

To book tickets, please visit Relaxed Prom. If you have any questions about the Prom or how to book, please contact

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