In 2017, two mums Kiesha and Charlotte decided that they wanted to do something to support parents just like them. They both have children with additional needs, and know first hand that it can be a confusing world of medical appointments, assessments, educational plans, financial commitments and unforeseen twists and turns along the way. But they both knew too that raising a child with a disability or learning difficulty is a world of amazing highs, and lots of love.
Kiesha and Charlotte started As1 by gathering parents and carers in a similar situation to them. Their Facebook group grew and grew into forum where hundreds of parents from all over the world share their ups and downs. They're now sought after by local schools to hold coffee mornings where carers can share experiences and find that there's probably someone just around the corner who knows exactly what they are experiencing. They work tirelessly to raise awareness of hidden disabilities, and provide advice as to how to make places and events accessible for children with additional needs.
Charlotte and Kiesha are only just warming up. In April 2019, As1 became a registered charity, opening up the doors for even more good work. Watch this space, because a buddying scheme, training courses, family weekends and much more are on the way!
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