We’re a parent support group for autistic children and their families in the borough of Lewisham, South East London, UK. Established by parents, and run by parents for parents, we’ve been going since 1993. From the original 20 families we have swelled to over 200, and now also include some schools and professionals as members too.
It’s a vibrant community here at SIGNAL. We work in lots of different areas, and with many different local groups, to try and improve the quality of the lives of our autistic children – educationally, socially and emotionally – no matter where they are on the spectrum.
Equally, we make efforts to support the whole family, so there’s a strong focus on supporting parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and of course, the siblings of autistic children too, who face their own challenges.
So, if you’re a family in Lewisham with an autistic child, and you’re looking for a community to join so you can be supported, and in turn support others like yourselves, you’ve come to the right place. You are very welcome to come along to any of our Thursday evening meetings or coffee mornings and find out more, or just download a membership form and post it off.
If you’d like to chat to someone before attending an event, or to find out more about joining, please get in touch – go to Contact Us for details.
Other than two part-time paid roles, SIGNAL is run entirely by volunteers. Here are some of our team ...
A very effective and essential charity providing real support to hundreds of families
I have known SIGNAL (and its predecessor charity, ALAS) and cooperated closely with the charity since I first came to work in Lewisham in 1993. The work of SIGNAL has grown over the years with a large increase inDr Tony O’Sullivan, retired paediatrician from Kaleidoscope
Feeling supported and making friends
When my son was first diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome it was scary - a roller coaster journey. Being a part of SIGNAL brought opportunities to learn and talk to others coping with similar issues. In the meantiAnne, SIGNAL Member
A great day out at Legoland!
We had an amazing day at Legoland. My son was the perfect height to go on to most of the rollercoasters. It was a day we won't forget or stop appreciating. Thank you SIGNAL for all your hard work in organising iNicole, SIGNAL Member