Useful Links and Contacts
We don’t believe in re-inventing the wheel. So on this website we have tried to concentrate on information relevant to DAAS. There are many useful pages already existing on the internet which provide general information about topics which are of great concern to many people with Asperger’s Syndrome and to their carers. Here is a list of websites which we hope will help. If you know of other sites which you would recommend please let us know.
Please note that these links are to sites maintained by other organisations or individuals and DAAS has no control over the content or accessibility of the sites. Links are provided in good faith and DAAS does not necessarily endorse the sites or support views and opinions expressed.
Information about Asperger’s Syndrome
For a brief description of the condition see our page entitled About Asperger's
The first port of call for additional information would normally be the National Autistic Society
For more specific and local help contact the Autism Wessex who provide an information and advice service . They also run drop-in groups in Bournemouth and Dorchester.Back to top of page
Dorset wide Information
All three local authorities - Dorset County Council, Borough of Poole and Bournemouth Borough - have combined to offer a comprehensive guide to help and care available across the county. There is a wealth of information available and links to many other relevant websites. So please take a moment to familiarise yourself with the site to discover what is on offerBack to top of page
Information about Benefits
The Autism Wessex website also has a section relating to Benefits and Finances and offers help with form filling, appeals against decisions, etc.
Similarly the National Autistic Society website advice page has a section on Care and Benefits
Information relating to government schemes for disabled students can be found at the Directgov websiteBack to top of page
Information for Carers
Local Authorities and the NHS have a responsibility for Carers and Bournemouth Borough Council, Borough of Poole and NHS Bournemouth & Poole work together to provide a range of services and links to charities or other third sector organisations. Their websites list carers events, information about carers’ assessments and about services, advice and facilities which may be available. There are also schemes to help Carers in Crisis. Carers are eligible for support even if the person they care for does not use local authority services. A regular newsletter is sent out by post or email giving news of coming events, details of relevant training courses and possible benefits or discounts available. There are also opportunities for carers to give their views about services and support.
The Poole Carers Team is part of the Adult Social Care and Well-being Service based at the Civic Centre and they can be contacted by phone on 01202 633902 or via their website.
The Bournemouth Carers Team can be contacted on 01202 458204 (Carers Operational Support Officer) or via their website.
Dorset County Council also provide information for & about carers through MyLifeMyCare (see above) and each of their local offices has a specialist Carers Case Worker who works exclusively with unpaid/family carers.
CRISP (Carers Resource Information & Support Programme) offers a range of support for carers across Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset. CRISP
Carers Direct is the official NHS Carers organisation and can be contacted via their website or by phoning the national phone number 0808 802 0202. There is a directory with links to local organisations.
Help & Care is a registered charity working with older people, carers and communities. Its Head Office is in Bournemouth (close to Pokesdown Station) and there are offices and groups across the south of England. The website is at http://www.helpandcare.org.uk/ and the phone contact is 0300 111 3303. There is a fact sheet for support for carers in Bournemouth & ChristchurchBack to top of page
Counselling and Help
In Bournemouth & Poole the Gateway Team provides a free service which is accessed through GPs, through Health or Social Services professionals or directly by self referral. The service is for adult residents of the Boroughs of Bournemouth and Poole who are:
Outside Bournemouth & Poole there is a service covering South & East Dorset: Telephone 01202 843400
Oakley Bungalow, 15 Oakley Lane, Canford Manor, NR. Wimborne, BH21 1SF
The following information is adapted from the website introduction to this new service. This is a recently created site whose purpose is to ultimately provide the UK with a huge counselling support network, enabling those in distress to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs. This is a free, confidential service that will hopefully encourage those in distress to seek help. Every counsellor on the site who has submitted their profile has either sent a copy of their qualifications and insurance cover to the organisers, or is registered with a professional body online with recognised codes of ethics and practice. In this way there is an assurance of their professionalism. The website can be searched to provide details of counsellors and therapists operating in a particular locality and with identified areas of special interest, including experience of working with people with Asperger’s
Books & Articles
The most well known and acknowledged expert on Asperger’s Syndrome is Tony Attwood whose website contains a great deal of valuable information, including details of the latest books and CDs
Once a year Tony Attwood visits England from his current home in Australia and it is worth checking early in the year for his programme of talks and conferences in the UK.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers is an independent publishing company recognised as the leading publisher on autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, A sample of recent books on the list can be found in the catalogue
We would welcome short reviews of recommended books or articles which can be included on this page. Please send toBack to top of page
Independent websites and articles
From time to time people contact DAAS with details of their own websites and articles. Details are included here as people may find the information helpful. But DAAS has no control over the content or accessibility of these sites and is not responsible for monitoring the material included, text or images, or links to other sites. Inclusion of these items on the DAAS website should not be seen as an endorsement and any issues you may have with them should be addressed to the website or author concerned and not to DAAS.
Steve Thornton, a DAAS member, has recently started his own blog at http://stevesaspieadventures.co.uk
This is well worth a read if you would like some insight into the condition and one man's view. The blog for 28th June 2014 gives a perceptive and helpful description of the timeline to an autistic meltdown.
Lee says “ I am a father of a boy with Asperger’s syndrome and over the years I have put together a complete Asperger syndrome help and support website.” My site is called http://www.asperger-syndrome.me.uk
Diana Finn has written an article for web site Suite 101 entitled “Do you have Asperger’s Syndrome” http://www.suite101.com/content/do-you-have-aspergers-syndrome--take-first-step-in-finding-out-a348965
Alex Morrison, a DAAS member, has produced this website following his wife's late diagnosis at the age of 60 http://alex-and-lyn.wix.com/aspergers-awarenessBack to top of page
We are often asked “How can I tell if I have Asperger’s Syndrome?” Only a qualified professional psychologist or psychiatrist can make a diagnosis and they use accepted medical standards. The standard DSM IV will give an indication of the criteria used, generally in conjunction with an extensive face to face consultation and a history of development from early childhood. Extreme caution should be used with the many internet questionnaires available some of which rely too heavily on anecdotal or subjective symptoms.Back to top of page