What we do
ASSERT is a UK wide support group run by volunteers who have direct contact with people with Angelman Syndrome. A majority of volunteers are parents or relatives of children or adults with Angelman Syndrome. ASSERT can help in many ways. If you are a parent they can offer advice and support on a wide range of problems. If you are a carer or professional they can offer information based on real life caring experiences. ASSERT produce a regular newsletter, they hold regional meetings in different locations throughout the year, they maintain a 24 hour, seven day a week telephone support line and have established a national register of families indicating those willing to be a point of contact for families of those newly diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome. Angelman Syndrome (AS) is a rare neurological disorder affecting around 1:20,000 births. Characteristic features include delayed development, severe learning difficulties, little or no speech and issues with movement and balance.
Can anyone use this service?
Anyone can contact the support line. Patients however must be referred by their GP or other doctor sending a written referral to: Dr Jill Clayton-Smith, Genetic Medicine, 6th Floor St Mary’s Hospital, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9WL.