”The Club That Instills Confidence”
To get a flavour of ACCT and our sessions you can read this fantastic article by the Sheffield Telegraph or watch the above short clip by BBC Radio Sheffield.
Asperger’s Children and Carers Together (ACCT) is a parent-led support group for children and families affected by Asperger’s syndrome and High Functioning Autism. We run activity groups for children and teenagers with Asperger’s and Autism, as well as family days out and other trips. Siblings are welcome too. We also host weekly drop-in sessions at Acctivate and monthly meetings for parents and carers.
Members are invited to all ACCT activities, receive a quarterly newsletter and have use of our library. Membership is free as is attending the clubs.
- Monthly Parent Meetings
- Monthly Coffee Morning Drop In
- Social Events
- Family Days Out
- Sports Activites
- A Book and DVD Library
- A Weekly parent/carer drop in session at ACCTivate
- ACCTivate, the Weekly Children’s Club
- A Weekly Teenage Youth Club
What is Asperger’s?
Asperger’s Syndrome is a Pervasive Developmental Disorder that falls within the Autistic Spectrum. Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome are usually of average or above average intelligence. The condition presents differently in each person but is characterised with difficulties with social interaction, social communication and flexibility of thinking or imagination. In addition, there may be sensory, motor and organisational difficulties.
For an easily accessible video that explains Autism/ Asperger’s take a look at this:
Our mission is to provide support to children affected by Asperger’s Syndrome, their families and others who care for them. In carrying out this mission will we ensure that the highest standards are maintained and that equal opportunities apply throughout the service.
ACCT was set up in 2006 by three parents, Deborah Woodhouse, Karen Nuttgens and Helen Basu-Chaudhuri to support children affected by Asperger’s syndrome, their families and others who care for them in Sheffield. ACCT was launched because there was a lack of help for families affected by the challenges faced by children and young people in the Sheffield area.
There are trustees and non voting members on the Management Committee who work with the staff to manage ACCT on a voluntary basis, and there are over 400 families who have become members.
ACCT also works to raise awareness of Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism.