Autism? Your Questions Answered is a range of books and DVDs about autism spectrum conditions. The collection is open to everyone and aims to provide information about the autism spectrum and things that might help those living with the condition.
Cumbria Libraries are the first library service in the country to work with the National Autistic Society to offer a specialist collection (PDF 60.70KB)of books and DVDs about autism.
How do I access the Autism? Your Questions Answered books and DVDs?
The collection can be accessed at the libraries listed below
Barrow Library - Tel. 01229 407370
Carlisle Library - Tel. 01228 227310
Kendal Library - Tel. 01539 713520
Penrith Library - Tel. 01768 812100
Whitehaven Library - Tel. 01946 506400
Workington Library - Tel. 01900 706170
Don't worry if you are not a member of the library - just come along and join. Membership is free.
Once you are in the library the books should be easy to find - they will be together in the same section. Look for the Autism Your Questions Answered logo
The National Autistic Society Helpline
The NAS Helpline gives impartial, confidential information, advice and support to people with autism, their families, professionals, researchers and students.
The NAS Helpline can:
Tell you about local support
Send out information packs on autism and Asperger syndrome in children and adults.
Send you information sheets on a variety of related issues such as behaviour, diagnosis, education and accessing services.
Tell you about benefits
Tell you about help from social services
Offer a telephone interpretation service for callers whose first language is not English
Provide general information about autism to people all over the world - however we cannot tell you about autism services in countries outside the UK.
You can phone the NAS Helpline on 0808 800 4104 or look on their website
Signpost presents personally relevant information about autism services and entitlements for people in the UK. It is designed for people with autism, parents or carers of a child or adult with autism or professionals assisting children or adults with autism.
National Autistic Society Helpline Website Cumbria Autism Family Support Project
The Project covers five district council areas within Cumbria. These are Carlisle, Eden, Allerdale, Copeland and Barrow. The Family Support Workers will work with families of children under the age of 18 who have a diagnosis of autism.
The North Cumbria Autism Family Support Project aims to support families to get the best outof existing services and identify gaps in provision to inform future service developments.
By providing support, information and advice relating to:
Support groups and drop-ins
Childcare and short break options
Play and leisure services and activities
Benefits and access to financial support
Advocacy and support in meetings
By linking with:
Statutory agencies (health, education and social care services)
Voluntary agencies, eg National Autistic society, MENCAP, Carers Associations
Existing support groups
By facilitating training opportunities for parents:
What Now? parent training programme
The Family Support Workers will provide information, respond to telephone or email enquiries, and when necessary
will visit parent/carers of children and young people with autism at home or in a mutually convenient location.
Furness Branch Of the National Autistic Society
Supporting the families of children and young people with Autism and Asperger Syndrome.
We are a team of volunteers, all parents of children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and we give our time to support other families affected by Autism in the Furness and surrounding areas. We provide regular local support groups, coffee mornings, meetings with guest speakers, training and leisure opportunities and we have a library of resources for parents and carers to borrow. Members of the Branch also represent us on a number of local committees and steering groups to ensure that the voice of the young people and their families is heard and awareness is raised of the issues affecting them. We also attend a variety of local activities to help raise awareness in the wider community and hold regular fundraising events to raise money for the Branch.