Resources for people with Learning Disabilities and Acquired Brain Injuries
Below are links to external websites providing a wide range of information on learning disabilities and acquired brain injuries, including the support that is available, which we hope you will find useful.
The Richardson Partnership for Care is not responsible for the content of external websites.
Information and support for people with acquired brain injuries
Headway - the Brain Injury Association
Northants Acquired Brain Injury Forum - provides information about local services that offer a range of support for anyone affected by the consequences of an acquired brain injury.
UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum - UK organisation and charity organisation, which aims to promote the understanding of all aspects of acquired brain injury
Brain Injury Group – a network of specialist brain injury solicitors and support services providing support for brain injured people and their families
LAWS Online - Legal and Welfare Service (LAWS) Online is a free, confidential advice service provided by members of the Brain Injury Group, with additional support from specialist financial and welfare advisers; between them, they can help you to deal with a breadth of legal, financial and/or welfare issues http://www.braininjurygroup.co.uk/laws-online-support/
Brain Nav – an online directory of services for people with an acquired brain injury
The Stroke Association - the UK's stroke charity, which supports stroke survivors, families and carers, as well as funding research into the prevention and treatment of strok.
The Encephalitis Society - Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain tissue and is caused either by infection, usually viral, or by autoimmune diseases. The Encephalitis Society provides direct support and information to people affected by Encephalitis, their families, and those professionals supporting them in the UK and Ireland; raises awareness about the condition and works with academic and clinical partners with respect to research into the condition and its consequences.
British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers (BABICM) is a professional body for case managers & other professionals working with individuals who have a brain injury & complex needs.
BABICM has published a guide for families about case management and what specialist Case Managers do.
BABICM has also published a Brain Injury and Complex Case Management Guide for Lawyers
Research by Hudgell Solicitors has highlighted a distinct lack of support for individuals returning to work after a brain injury. As part of an awareness campaign, they have created a set of images to highlight the difficulties faced by people with brain injuries.
Warren Collins – a Catastrophic Injuries Lawyer and Partner at Penningtons Manches LLP Solicitors
Nicola Heales - qualified as a Solicitor in 1985 and is a very experienced personal injury solicitor who has specialised in severe catastrophic injury claims acting for both children and adults for the last fifteen years.
Philippa Luscombe – head of the personal injury team at Penningtons Manches LLP, which specialises predominantly in catastrophic injury cases arising from road traffic and workplace accidents. The team is experienced in dealing with all aspects of a case from the litigation itself to appointing case managers, arranging rehabilitation, setting up care packages, buying and adapting accommodation and managing Court of Protection work. Philippa is a specialist in brain injury cases, especially for young adults. She is a Senior Litigator member of APIL (the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) and on the Law Society specialist personal injury solicitor’s panel.
Christopher Livingston at Blackwater Law has over 13 years’ experience in dealing with all types of personal injury claims, including catastrophic injuries. Rehabilitation, support and achieving the right level of compensation is paramount in all cases taken on by Blackwater Law.
Information and support for people with learning disabilities
BILD – The British Institute of Learning Disabilities
Mencap - A leading UK charity for people with learning disabilities
Learning Disability Today – a magazine focussing on issues for people with learning disabilities
The National Autistic Society - the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families.
The Association for Real Change - a leading umbrella body representing a community of service providers working together to improve the quality of life for people with a learning disability www.arcuk.org.uk
My Family Our Needs - a lifestyle website for parents and carers of children with additional needs and the professionals who support them www.myfamilyourneeds.co.uk
Northants Parent Forum Group (NPFG) is an independent parent-led group representing the views of families of children and young people up to aged 25 with special education needs and /or disabilities (SEND) in Northamptonshire.
Health and social care
The Care Quality Commission - The independent regulator of all health and social care services in England
CPI - Crisis Prevention Institute – an organisation at the forefront of critical issues and best practices in behaviour management.
National Care Association - represents the UK’s independent care sector.
ASDAN – The Award Scheme Development & Accreditation Network, provides educational courses and accreditations for people of all abilities.
Northamptonshire County Council