Some West Yorkshire CANN Organisations
North & West Yorkshire Association for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus (North & West Yorkshire ASBAH) is a registered charity supporting children, adults and families with hydrocephalus and/or spina bifida in North & West Yorkshire By supporting, informing, and campaigning, North & West Yorkshire ASBAH is continuing to help promote individual choice, control, and quality of life for all the people who use our services. We work in partnership with Shine which is the national organisation for people with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus but we are a charity in our own right with our own charity number and we have to raise our own funds for our work. We are committed to helping and supporting all our service users, whether this is through planning social and recreational events, or providing up to date information and education to our members. We originally started out as the Leeds Association in 1966 primarily as a parent organisation and we became a registered charity in 1967. Our registered charity number is 252129.
25 Hornbeam Court, Oxford Ave, Guiseley, Ls20 9BW
North and West Yorkshire Association for Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus
Communication Matters (CM) is a UK-wide charity committed to supporting people of all ages who find talking difficult because they have little or no clear speech. This can be via paper based communication supports or computer based voice output, we call this AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication). Communication can be compromised across many conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Brain Injury, Learning Difficulties and Autism. We have an associate membership of around 400 people. Members come from across the UK and from all the various interests in AAC – personal experience, professional, commercial and research. Members receive copies of our Journal which is published 3 times a year, amongst other benefits. We hold a number of events: most notably our International AAC Conference held over 2.5 days at the University of Leeds each September, as well as UK-wide AAC Information Days (product demonstration days) and Study Days which focus on a particular topic of AAC. We also have many online resources and publications and an AAC Forum. If you are interested in finding out more, please do not hesitate to contact us:
The William Merritt Centre provides impartial information, advice and assessment on equipment and practical aspects of daily livings for disabled people of all ages, their carers and professionals. Anyone can contact the centre directly for an assessment, alternatively referrals can be made via GPs, OTs and other health care professionals. Our paediatric Occupational Therapists offer assessments involving: buggies, wheelchairs, wheelchair accessible vehicles, beds, seating and Try B 4 U Fly. We also regularly run tricycle, walkers and car seat clinics. Our paediatric therapists can arrange assessments with companies who specialise in paediatric equipment and offer advice on how to purchase products. If statutory funding is not available, our therapists are happy to write a report to support charity applications for funding. The centre also provides a service called Switches 4 Kidz, whereby we provide impartial information, advice and assessment about adapted toys and switches for children, families and professionals and the centre has developed a loan library of adapted toy and switches for families to borrow. Following on from this we provide assessments for accessing games consoles, computers, iPads, phones etc. and run regular accessible gaming drop in sessions during school holidays.
WMC 100 Town Street, Rodley, Leeds, LS13 1HP
William Merritt Disabled Living Centre
LJWB is a social care charity, providing a range of registered care, community activities, and support for people of all ages. Based in the MAZ Community Centre in LS17, we deliver activities for primary age children and also provide family support for parents/carers of children with additional needs. ‘Together’ SEN Group A fun & social play session for children with additional needs. Sessions provide respite for parents/carers, and we also provide information and parent support sessions alongside the ‘Together’ programme. Sessions are on Sundays between 10-11am at the Marjorie & Arnold Ziff Community Centre. Inclusive Art Group For children /young people aged 8-13 runs on Thursdays 4:00-5.30pm. Children with additional needs are welcome and we ensure high adult to child ratios. Places are limited, and booking is essential. Family Support We provide advice and support for children and families with additional needs. Please contact the Family Support Team on 0113 203 4916 for further information.
The Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre 311 Stonegate Road LS17 6AZ