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Learning Disabilities

The Services for people with learning disabilities page on the City of York Council website includes, along with other details, information on:

The Live Well York Community Directory provides information on community activities suitable for people with Learning disabilities. This link has been pre-filtered for you.

Acquired Brain Injury

Headway is the UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury. Through its network of more than 125 groups and branches across the UK, it provides support, services and information to brain injury survivors, their families and carers, as well as to professionals in the health and legal fields. There is a York Headway branch.

Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) has a local provision, York House which is registered as an independent hospital. The service is provided by The Disabilities Trust in partnership with The Retreat, a specialist mental health provider.

York House is a specialist neurobehavioural assessment and post-acute rehabilitation hospital for people with acquired brain injury (ABI) and complex needs and / or challenging behaviour.

They specialise in the rehabilitation of people who are experiencing behavioral disorders following a brain injury. Individuals may also have severe cognitive, physical and / or emotional problems including verbal and physical aggression, impaired social functioning, disinhibited behaviors and neuropsychiatric symptoms.

Their goal is to enable service users to function as independently as possible, develop their lives as they choose and participate in the wider community.

Live Well York has a Community Activities Directory,  the “who” filters on the directory will help to find suitable inclusive community groups and activities


What is Autism? – the National Autistic Society states Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.

Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you are autistic, you are autistic for life; autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be 'cured'. Often people feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity.

Autism is a spectrum condition. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways. Some autistic people also have learning disabilities, mental health issues or other conditions, meaning people need different levels of support. All people on the autism spectrum learn and develop. With the right sort of support, all can be helped to live a more fulfilling life of their own choosing.

The National Autistic Society provide information, support and services for people with Autism, and campaign for a better world for autistic people.

The City of York Council website has information about autism and support groups available locally

Specialist Autism Services has worked exclusively for and with adults (18+) on the autism spectrum and their families since 1999. They are a non-profit organisation that works with the charity Sacar to provide autism specific services across the Yorkshire region. They now provide a range of services including group social skills workshops (through an autism-specific learning programme), information and guidance, autism-specific counselling, employment support, autism awareness training and community outreach support. Under the name Autism First they also provide bespoke support for adults with autism and additional needs.

They aim to make a positive difference to the lives of their service users (members) and through person-centred support create opportunities for people to work towards their personal goals, build confidence, develop social skills, increase independence and ultimately fulfil their potential.

This link provides details of the Specialist Autism Service in York to provide the opportunity to engage with employment, education and independent living.

The Live Well York Community Directory provides information on community activities suitable for people with Autism. This link has been pre-filtered for you.

Safe Places

Safe Places York supports vulnerable people to feel safe and secure in the city centre

Safe Places are located in open and accessible public buildings, like information centres, cafes, shops and museums. They provide a welcoming, safe and supportive space if someone doesn’t feel safe or secure needs to ask for help while out and about in York.

Local people can sign up for a Safe Place card under the scheme. The card includes the details of someone they trust who can be contacted if they need help. If that person is lost, confused, unwell, or feels unsafe for any reason, they can look for the nationally recognised Safe Place logo and go inside for support during opening hours.

Last reviewed: 22/08/2018

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