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Agencies that can support

There are many agencies that support young people with Additional Learning Needs (ALN) and their families.

Some of the larger organisations are listed below. Talk to your Careers Adviser to find out more about other local organisations that may be able to provide support.

Support for young people with ALN who are looking for work

Agoriad Cyf are a specialist recruitment and training provider. They help people to achieve greater independence and to realise their potential within the workplace.

Elite is a charity working with people with disabilities or those at a disadvantage across South and South West Wales. Elite supports people with vocational opportunities, training and employment through independence.

The Engage to Change project is currently running across the whole of Wales to support young people aged 16-25 with a learning disability and/or autism into paid work placements lasting 6-12 months.

Remploy, a provider of disability employment services in Wales, helps and support disabled people into work, whilst working with employers to ensure that they can recruit, retain and sustain individuals.

Shaw Trust supports disabled and disadvantaged people into employment through either Work Choice or the Work Programme. Support includes help in preparing for work, help with employment and managing a disability.

Access to Work is a publicly funded employment support programme that aims to help disabled people start or stay in work. It can provide practical and financial support for people who have a disability or long term physical or mental health conditions.

Support for young people with sensory impairments

Action on Hearing Loss Cymru provides support for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss and tinnitus. They provide advice, care and support services, communication services and training.

The National Deaf Children’s society gives expert support on childhood deafness, raises awareness and campaigns for deaf children’s rights so they have the same opportunities as everyone else.

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) Cymru provides services and support to blind and partially sighted people across Wales, as well as campaigning for service improvements to prevent avoidable sight loss.

Support for people on the Autistic Spectrum/ with specific learning difficulties

National Autistic Society Cymru is a charity that works across Wales providing information, support and services, and campaigning for a better world for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome), their families and carers.

ASD info Wales raises awareness of Autism through its policy development, providing information, support and advice services and training professionals.

British Dyslexia Association offers advice and support to individuals, third sector organisations, public bodies and private businesses.

Support for people with disabilities

SNAP Cymru works with families and professionals to ensure that young people’s needs are identified and provision made available to help them reach their potential.

Scope Cymru offers free and confidential information, advice and support for disabled people, their families and professionals in Wales on a variety of issues. For disability information call 0808 800 3333.

Contact a Family Cymru is a charity that works across Wales to support families of children with disabilities or additional needs, whatever their condition or disability. Freephone helpline: 0808 808 3555.

Learning Disability Wales is a national charity representing the learning disability sector in Wales. It works with people with a learning disability, government and the voluntary sector to create a better Wales for people with a learning disability.

Children in Wales provides services for those working with children, young people and families in Wales. They aim to improve the lives of them all, but especially those affected by family instability, poverty and deprivation or have special needs/disabilities.

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