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Neurodiversity and Different Abilities

You may have heard the word neurodiverse being used quite a lot, but many people don’t know what it means. It is a term that is used for people with neurological differences, like ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia or the autistic spectrum. This video from the British Dyslexia Association explains it well.

What is Neurodiversity?

If you, or someone you know, has been diagnosed as neurodiverse it can be a confusing time.

Look at the links below for more information on what key terms mean, what support is available, and how we can all better understand and celebrate the difference that neurodiversity brings.

There are also many young people living with physical disabilities. Again, there is lots of support available for this and lots of local opportunities and activities available.

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The logo for the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Information, Advice and Support Service

About SENDIASS – Talk Community Directory

Excellent Talk Community Directory page on the work of the local SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service) – look out for the helpful videos too!

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SEND Local offer/services – Talk Community Directory

Talk Community page on Herefordshire Council’s local offer showing the range of services they have to support young people with disabilities.

Groups and activities – Talk Community Directory

Talk Community’s directory on local groups and activities that support young neurodiverse people.

Autism West Midlands Support Schemes

Autism West Midlands are working with NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire to provide a pilot support programme for those aged 14-18 who have been recently diagnosed with autism. Find out more on this page.

National Autistic Society (NAS) Herefordshire branch

Lots of information and resources on local support, activities and opportunities.

Brain In Hand – Support App

This app can support young people aged 14-25 who are awaiting an autism assessment or already diagnosed. It has simple tools to manage anxiety and gain direction. There are limited places, so find out how to apply on this page.

Hereford and Worcester Dyslexia Association

The Hereford and Worcester Dyslexia Association has lots of information on what dyslexia is. Also look out for their workshops and other local support available for young people and parents.


Disabled Children’s Social Care – Herefordshire Council

An introduction to Herefordshire Council’s disabled children’s social care with a link to how to contact the team.

Activities and support – Marches Family Network

Marches Family Network have lots of opportunities for young people with disabilities to get involved in fun activities.

NHS Wye Valley Trust

School Nursing

Children and Young People aged 5-19 and their families can get advice from the school nursing service on topics like relationships, maintaining a healthy weight, sexual health, emotional and mental health, smoking, alcohol and substance use, and keeping safe.

Main Office Tel: 01432 363 940

Single Point of Access (Advice Line) – Tel: 07813 451 034 (Tel/Text/WhatsApp), Mon-Fri 9.00 – 4.30.

For more information – see the school nursing webpage here

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Ambitious About Autism

Online groups for young people with autism, real stories, and a great video explaining what autism is.

The Dyspraxia Foundation

This site has lots of ideas on how to support a young person with dyspraxia, including what it actually is and lots of positive stories to inspire.

ADHD Foundation Cartoon

A great comic created by the ADHD Foundation all about five neurodiverse students and their life at school  (based on real stories!)

PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) Support – PDA Society

A site with advice and information for teens with PDA.

National Autistic Society You Tube

NAS has lots of excellent videos about what autism is, advice and support, and real-life stories to inspire.

Need to talk to someone? Call Childline on 08001111

Click on the logo for more ways to contact them    Childline home page