Information and Support

If you, or someone you know, have been affected by the issues raised in this programme, the following organisations can help:

Down's Syndrome Association

The Down's Syndrome Association provides advice on best practice for supporting people with Down's syndrome at every stage of life. They have a comprehensive range of resources and targeted support services for people with Down's syndrome, their families, carers and the professionals who work with them.

Helpline: 020 8614 5100 Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm.


Visit the Down's Syndrome Association site

Autism Northern Ireland

Autism Northern Ireland aims to support the needs of people with Autism and their carers in Northern Ireland.

Contact Autism Northern Ireland by phone on 028 9040 1729 or visit the Autism Northern Ireland site.


bibic is a national charity offering practical help to families caring for children with conditions like autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, developmental delay, brain injury, and specific learning difficulties like ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia. It specialises in understanding the causes of challenging behaviour and can even offer support if your child has not been diagnosed with a condition.

Telephone: 01278 684060


Visit the bibic site

Mencap Northern Ireland works alongside and represents the interests of people with a learning disability and their families. They deliver a wide range of practical support services, transforming the lives of children, young people, men and women with a learning disability and their families.

Telephone: 0808 808 1111


Visit the Mencap Northern Ireland site


Peach is a parent-led group aiming to encourage, support and inform parents of children with autism. Peach aims to give guidance on obtaining a diagnosis of autism and stresses the importance of early behavioural intervention. It supports tutors and established practitioners as well as parents.

Contact them by phone on 01344 88 22 48, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, or visit the Peach site.

Ambitious About Autism

Ambitious About Autism works to improve the services available for children and young people with autism and increase awareness and understanding of the condition. They’re also committed to campaigning for change to ensure the needs of people with autism are met

Talk about Autism is their online community. A forum for parents of children with autism and others to talk about how autism impacts on their lives, and a place to share your story, get support and help other people to understand more about autism.

Visit the Ambitious about Autism site

Contact a Family

Contact a Family is a UK-wide charity providing support, advice and information to families with disabled children, no matter what their disability or health condition. They can also put families in contact with others whose child has the same condition. You can contact their helpline on 0808 808 3555.

Visit the Contact a Family site