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From specialist centres across the UK, the Huntercombe Group looks after almost 800 people with mental health problems, a learning difficulty or brain injury. Led by a specialist team of psychiatrists, therapists, support workers, nurses, teachers and social workers they support patients with a personal treatment plan. Their goal is to help patients to be read more

The Greater Manchester’s Mayoral Combined Authority (GMCA) aims to deliver early intervention support. To identify how this aim would be delivered to residents across Bolton, one of Greater Manchester’s biggest boroughs, the Local Authority, NHS, Social Care and Voluntary teams came together to develop Bolton’s Locality Plan. This included giving pupils in schools and college read more

With 75 per cent of adult mental health problems starting by the age of 18, and only 25 per cent of young people with a mental health problem getting access to the right support, In Bolton, one of Greater Manchester’s biggest boroughs, the Local Authority, NHS, Social Care and Voluntary teams came together to develop read more

Erica, 46 from the Wirral was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome when she was 32. She has been unemployed for the past six years. Erica finds social interaction at work hard, she feels people don’t always understand her and sometimes see her as being less intelligent, because of her facial expressions. Determined to do everything she read more

Alan, 26, lives in Nottingham and has high-functioning autism. He’s passionate about politics and one day would love to be a Green Party MP. For now, he is keen to find work in the political analysis field, yet despite gaining a degree he’s struggled to stay in work. Although he finds the work itself easy, read more

Since an early age, Jay has been passionate about the welfare of dogs. He runs a successful business providing force-free walking, training and behaviour service for dogs. He has studied various courses including animal training, animal behaviour and welfare. He has recently completed a degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and is currently completing remotely read more

Hazel, 23, is autistic and has a learning disability and lives with her Mum and Dad in Fareham. She volunteers at a community café and also a local charity shop, sorting through donations. Hazel can get extremely anxious being out on her own and especially travelling on public transport, and so her parents used to read more

Tina, 43, lives in Gosport, Hampshire. She is on the Autistic spectrum and she has ADHD and epilepsy. Tina is independent and lives with her son, but she doesn’t like to leave the house because she gets anxious. Her social worker heard about Brain in Hand and felt it would arm Tina with the support read more

Watch the video below to see Tina talk to the BBC about how Brain in Hand has helped her become more independent:

“I feel a lot more settled knowing someone is always there to help.” Saajan is 19 years old, has autism and is studying physics at De Montfort University whilst living at home. That means a 5am start to travel to Leicester by train followed by a walk into campus which leaves him exhausted by midday read more

Neil has a learning disability and joined a fostering scheme with his local Council four years ago. When he first entered the scheme he needed around the clock care from his supporter John. Neil’s psychologist requested that he use Brain in Hand to help build his confidence and increase his independence. One of Neil’s first read more

Emily, 22 lives at home whilst studying at college. She can often turn to self-destructive and self-harming behaviours.  She would like one day to live independently, but has needed constant supervision from her family. She has also found travelling alone hard; her increase in anxiety has stopped her from attempting this. Emily has been given read more

Former Royal Navy Air Engineer, Kathleen, 34, from Hornchurch, Essex has autism and Post Traumatic Stress Reaction (PTSR). After years of being a serviceman, Kathleen is very used to being self-reliant, but in certain situations, she finds it hard to cope. She has a strong network of support, including her husband, Mark, her mother and read more

Argenti is a partnership between PA Consulting Group and Hampshire County Council delivering telecare services to vulnerable adults in Hampshire. To date more than 6,500 service users have been added, 1000 care professionals trained and £4.7m net saved. The programme includes innovative mobile software, Brain in Hand.  This gives people access to personalised support from read more

Set in a bright purpose built facility, West Exe School is a comprehensive on the edge of Exeter city that strives to unlock the potential in each of its thousand plus students.  As part of its ethos to help students feel supported and equip them with the skills to progress in life, it has been read more

College is a time of growth for students preparing for university, further vocational training or employment.  Young people with autism can also face additional challenges, with students often experiencing anxiety when coping with changes in routine or the challenge of settling into a new environment.  Sensory overload can mean the busy sights and sounds of read more

“I have a Brain in hand phone and it’s helped me to control my anxieties and stress.” CHALLENGE Luke, 47, was one of the first people to be supported by Autism East Midlands when it founded in 1968.  Luke attended the charity’s school, lived in its residential home and now lives independently in a flat read more

“You can’t get more individual than Brain in Hand and the evidence information is invaluable.” Jane Howson, CEO, Autism East Midlands It is estimated that there are 45,000 people living with Autism in the East Midlands; a lifelong condition, it touches the lives of 180,000 people across the region.  Founded by a group of parents read more

Sarah Alexander, 30, from Farnborough in Hampshire is on the autistic spectrum. She has found it hard to stay in employment for longer than three to four months. But since using Brain in Hand, things have changed. Sarah has been using Brain in Hand software for a number of months now. It gives her access read more

University can be a challenging experience for students. But for almost two and a half thousand(1) students with autism spectrum conditions within each year’s intake, it can be especially tough.  The condition can bring additional difficulties – from managing their own time, dealing with changes in a course schedule, to coping with social interaction.  These challenges read more

When Bethan’s GCSEs loomed on the horizon, Kate, her mum, began to worry about how her daughter would cope.  Bethan is 16 and has Asperger’s syndrome.  She’s bright and capable in many ways but was easily stressed when faced with new challenges at school. Through their contacts at Wirral Autistic Society’s Rainbow Resource Centre, Kate read more

Every year two and a half thousand young people with autism start out on university life.  But faced with the additional challenges brought by their condition the experience can be overwhelming and a higher drop-out rate is seen.  Yet with support or inclusive practice, students with autism can excel in higher education. A team of read more

One of our biggest advocates is a 15 student from Devon.  With Asperger’s Syndrome has been using Brain in Hand for over a year and wanted us to share his views. “I first heard about Brain in Hand from the SENCO at the school saying that this would be a good idea to test out. read more