Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Future Meetings - May/June

Coming up in May...

Tuesday 22nd May - The Farmhouse, Derby - 7pm to 9pm

Autism and self-harm - A talk with Sarah Baines, ASD lead nurse specialist from Leicestershire.

Thursday 24th May - Stanton Vale School, Long Eaton - 10am to 1pm

SEND marketplace event
Come and find out what services and provisions are available for young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Derbyshire. The NAS branch are having a stall!

Friday 25th May - Ravensdale School, Derby - 9.30am to 10.30am

Informal support group - come and join us for a chat and a cuppa!

Coming up in June...

Tuesday 12th June - The Farmhouse, Derby - 7pm to 9pm

Sensory processing differences in autistic children - A talk by Alison Hart from Children's Choice Therapy Service

(Please note, this is the same talk that Alison has delivered for us before)

Thursday 28th June - Stanton Vale School, Long Eaton - 10am to 11.30am

Informal support group - come and join us for a chat and a cuppa!

Friday 29th June - Ravensdale School, Derby - 9.30am to 10.30am

Informal support group - come and join us for a chat and a cuppa!

NAS Education Rights Service

The Education Rights Service provides impartial and confidential information and support to families on school education rights and entitlements.

The Education Advice Lines can help when you want general information about your child’s educational rights and entitlements or advice on specific topics such as getting extra help in school, assessments, education plans, reviews or school transport. 
The Tribunal Support Lines can help you consider your options if you have a right of appeal against a decision about your child’s educational needs.
Leave a message on the 24-hour answering service and they will call you back – 0808 800 4102 (free from landlines and most mobiles). You will usually hear from one of the specialist volunteers within 3-5 working days, although this can take longer at busy times. 

For more information please visit

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Scropton Riding for the Disabled

They are a Derbyshire based Riding and Driving Centre providing therapeutic and developmental horse riding and driving lessons for disabled participants. They run lessons 6 days per week, 50 weeks per year for a wide range of abilities and experience, from beginner to sports level. 

As the weather improves during Spring our diary quickly starts to fill up again, but they are always keen to reach out to new people and groups wanting to join them to ensure everyone has chance to try our horse activities. If anyone within wishes to ride or drive, please contact them and they will do their best to find a slot within the right lesson. 

Please contact them directly for more information - or call us on 01283 812753 (this number is only manned between 10am and 3pm daily).

NAS Parent to Parent Service

Parent to Parent (P2P) is a UK-wide confidential telephone service providing emotional support to parents and carers of children or adults on the autistic spectrum.

The service is provided by trained parent volunteers who are all parents themselves of an autistic child or adult. Volunteers are based across the UK so you don’t have to share information with someone in your local area. Our volunteers have personal experience of autism and the impact it has on their own families. They can give other parents the opportunity to talk through problems and feelings, suggest helpful strategies, or provide a non-judgemental listening ear.

You can call at any time, day or night, and leave a message on our 24-hour answer phone. Please be aware that you will not speak to someone immediately as this is not a manned line. If you leave a message, we will call you back as soon as possible at a time that suits you, including evenings and weekends. 

The number to call is 0808 800 4106.
Please visit for more information.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Information from Children's Choice Therapy...

Following positive feedback from parents, Children's Choice Therapy are running their 'understanding sensory processing' for parents course. This will be 10am to 2pm on Friday 27th April. Cost is £15 and light lunch is provided. The course is held at their Occupational Therapy and Sensory Integration Centre (DE13 9PD) and booking and any questions are through

They also have Sensory Play sessions running for children and their parents / carers on Thursday 29th March and Thursday 5th April at 10am and 11am, cost £10 per child per session and booking is through

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Library (please return outstanding books)

Our ever popular Library is usually available at our branch meetings.

If you have an outstanding book please ensure its prompt and safe return. If you have any problems with returning the books (which are branch property), please contact us to make arrangements.

Important Note:
We do ask for each individual book to be signed out with the borrower’s full contact details, and that a donation be made for each book borrowed. All donations for books are used to purchase further titles.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Autism Friendly Film Showings

Autism Friendly screenings are being provided by 2 Derby cinemas and 1 in Nottingham.

The Odeon Cinema, Meteor Centre, Mansfield Road, Derby,DE21 4SY. Check times on their website.

The QUAD Centre in Derby's Market Place (DE1 3AS) has supportive environment screenings. This is an adaptable environment screening with house lights slightly raised, sound lowered, doors open and including no adverts/trailers. For full details of screenings, details of how to book and other information, call The QUAD on 01332 290606 on on-line

Cineworld in Nottingham will have Autism friendly showings on the first Sunday of the month at 11:00am.