Resources and useful links

Young woman with Down syndrome filing paperwork

We are still developing this page and will be adding more resources over the coming months.

 

Looking for something specific or have a suggestion for new resources? Get in touch!

 

Email: info@my-afk.org

Phone: 020 8347 8111

Resources for young people and their families

Changing Places

Changing Places provides information and guidance about accessible toilets and changing rooms nationally.

Contact

Contact (formerly Contact a Family) is a charity for families with disabled children. They support families, bring families together and help families campaign, volunteer and fundraise to improve life for themselves and others. Their website contains lots of useful guidance and information.

Festival Spirit

Festival Spirit is a charity providing the full festival experience to young people who would not normally be able to attend and enjoy such an event due to life-limiting illness or disability.

Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA)

Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA) offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). We also provide training on the SEND legal framework to parents and carers, professionals and other organisations.

Kith and Kids

Kith and Kids supports families who have children with autism or disabilities to overcome their social isolation. They provide a variety of volunteer-supported projects and services, offering opportunities to learn new skills, make friends, go out and have fun.

Phab Clubs

There are over 150 Phab Clubs across England and Wales providing accessible holiday programme activities. Phab inspires and supports children, young people and adults with and without disabilities to make more of life together – by breaking down community barriers, reducing social isolation, and creating opportunities for disabled people to enjoy the same activities and challenges as, and alongside, those without a disability.

National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families. Their website provides information, resources and support.

Scope

Scope is a disability equality charity that provides practical advice and emotional support to disabled people and their families. They do this through a dedicated helpline, an online community and a range of employment services and community engagement programmes.

Resources for schools and colleges

Books Beyond Words: Choosing My First Job

Choosing My First Job will help young people understand that work is for everyone, that finding the right job feels brilliant and there are lots of different ways of getting there. This book is part of a mini series about moving towards work.

 

By telling the whole story in pictures, each story from Books Beyond Words gives people the chance to work together and explore different types of situations.

Books Beyond Words: Glory Wants a Job

Glory Wants a Job follows a woman’s journey through planning, vocational profiling and a working interview, to settled employment and the social, financial and wellbeing benefits it brings. This book, and the different situations it explores, can help someone think about starting a career, their own strengths and interests that could be part of a job, and what finding and being in work might be like for them.

 

By telling the whole story in pictures, each story from Books Beyond Words gives people the chance to work together and explore different types of situations.

Preparing for Adulthood

Funded by Department for Education (DfE), Preparing for Adulthood provides expertise and support to local authorities and their partners to embed preparing for adulthood from the earliest years. They work to ensure that young people with SEND achieve paid employment, independent living, housing options, good health, friendships, relationships and community inclusion.

Resources for trainees in the Life and Work Programme

my AFK Life and Work Charter for Trainees

The Life and Work Charter will explain each step of the Life and Work Programme at my AFK. It will tell you what to expect from us at each stage, as well as what we will need from you. Feel free to read through this document with your family or support worker so they can learn more about the Life and Work Programme at my AFK as well.

ACAS guidance - Bullying and harassment at work

This leaflet from ACAS provides employees with basic information about bullying and harassment, summarises the responsibilities of employers and points to sources of further information and advice.

ACAS guidance - Disability discrimination in the workplace

This guidance from ACAS offers employers, senior managers, line managers, HR personnel, employees, employee/trade union representatives and job applicants an understanding of how disability discrimination can occur in the workplace, how it can be dealt with and how to reduce the chance of future discrimination.

ACAS guidance - Varying a contract of employment

This leaflet from ACAS is intended to give general guidance about the main legal considerations which may arise when employers or employees wish to change (or amend) the terms of a contract of employment between them.

British Association of Supported Employment (BASE) - information for jobseekers

Are you a disabled job seeker? The British Association for Supported Employment (BASE) has lots of information to help you in your search for the right job, whatever your disability.

Resources for employers

British Association of Supported Employment (BASE) - information for employers

The British Association for Supported Employment (BASE) has lots of information to help employers who have disabled employees or want to improve their recruitment and working practices to provide a more supportive environment for all employees.

Council for Disabled Children factsheet: Work experience

In this resource, young people identify the barriers they often face, and offer some advice on supporting a successful work experience placement.

Resources for mobility applicants

FAQs for my AFK mobility applicants

Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about our mobility equipment service.

Other organisations that fund equipment

If you need a piece of equipment that my AFK does not provide, click the button below for a list of other organisations who supply mobility equipment.

Fundraising resources

my AFK's A-Z of fundraising ideas

Need ideas for making your fundraising event a success? Download our A-Z of Fundraising Ideas to get the creative ideas going!

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