ADHD & Autism Support Harrow
Centre for ADHD & Autism Support (CAAS) – charity reg: 1080795 – supports, educates and empowers individuals with ADHD and/or autism, their families, and the community. Through raising awareness we change perceptions and break down barriers.
Led and run by trained people who have first-hand experience of family members with one or both conditions, CAAS understands the issues facing service users. We provide information, training, support groups and practical help to residents of the London Boroughs of Harrow, Hillingdon, Ealing and Brent, as well as parts of Hertfordshire.
Our support services encompass education, benefits, parenting and care advice with signposting to other agencies if appropriate. We also offer specialised parenting courses, workshops and training.
Background: ADHD Support Harrow was founded in 1996 by a small group of parents, at the suggestion of a local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) consultant. In 1999 the group became a registered charity and in 2002 moved to premises and began delivering services to meet increasing demand from parents of children with ADHD.
We widened our objectives in 2010 and took over the support work of the former Harrow branch of the National Autistic Society to become ADHD & Autism Support Harrow, now Centre for ADHD & Autism Support. The aim of the merged charity is to allow parents, carers and individuals with ADHD and/or autism to benefit from the significant overlaps in need between the two conditions by bringing a range of expertise and experience under one umbrella. Our organisation provides a range of services to support both conditions.
Mission: To support, educate and empower individuals with ADHD and/or autism, their families and the community. Through raising awareness we change perceptions and break down barriers.
Support: ADHD & Autism Support provide support and understanding in a safe and non-judgemental environment. Personal experience of staff, along with empathy and understanding allows our clients to feel a sense of belonging when they access the centre. We provide a comprehensive service that acknowledges that clients need support pre and post diagnosis. We believe in prevention rather than crisis management and our holistic approach encompasses the whole family.
Understanding and increased awareness comes through education. ADHD & Autism Support offers parent training using skilled support workers, in-house courses, specialised workshops, conferences and a comprehensive lending library. Education can change perceptions, leading to reduced anger, mental health issues and social isolation. Education arms people with the tools they need to become stronger individuals, better parents and better professionals.
Feeling empowered can break down barriers and encourage positivity about the future. Through support and education we empower our clients to be more confident and independent, enabling them to reach their full potential. Our ‘Empowering Ourselves to Be Heard’ training project provides the opportunity for clients to be a voice within the community, further raising awareness and shaping services for a better future.
We serve the borough of Harrow as well as supporting families from the neighbouring boroughs of Hillingdon, Ealing, Brent and parts of Hertfordshire.
Should you live outwith these areas and need support, please see ADDISS, The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service for advice on ADHD and The National Autistic Society for information on ASD.