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Dads Autism Discuss Support (DADS)

The Special Educational Needs Service in Luton are developing a group to support fathers/male carers of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders/Asperger's syndrome.

The group meet on a regular basis, in the evenings. It is for men, who are currently unable to access the parent groups already run by Autism Bedfordshire (held during the day or at the Saturday LOAF sessions). It is hoped that there will be opportunities to plan trips and evenings out, and for fathers/carers to have the chance to offer each other practical suggestions and support.

Due to Covid-19 all parent support groups are running online see below for details.

If you are interested in joining this group, please email or phone: David Whalley, Advisory Teacher (Autism Spectrum) using the contact details below.

There are three groups in Luton for families of children and young people affected by autism. You can visit the other group pages here:

  • FLAG – a group for all families with children up to the age of 25
  • SWAN - Syndromes Without A and Name

Autism West Midlands have prepared many free information sheets which can be downloaded as PDFs from their Autism information resources webpage. They contain practical advice and strategies for families, carers, teachers and other professionals. The webpage also features basic information on autism in other languages under the 'Other language versions' section.


Download: Finding a school for children with autism / aspergers

Who to contact

Contact Name
Karen Thomas
Contact Position
Senior Advisory Teacher, Autism Spectrum team


Where to go

St. Anne's Church Hall
Crawley Green Road

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Selected Thursdays 4.30-5.30pm. The Autism Team are currently hosting the parent support groups online. This is a combined venture for FLAG and SWAN.
Time of day
Session Information
15/04/2021 4.30-5.30pm
29/04/2021 4.30-5.30pm
13/05/2021 4.30-5.30pm
27/05/2021 4.30-5.30pm
17/06/2021 4.30-5.30pm
01/07/2021 4.30-5.30pm
15/07/2021 4.30-5.30pm

Other Details


Other notes

How to join:

  • Sign up to the FLAG or SWAN mailing list
  • Request to join the Zoom Meeting
  • Await the joining instructions.


Last updated 14/04/2021