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‘How Do I?’ lifeskill learning videos

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Swiss Cottage School teacher, Tom Casson, co-founder of ‘How Do I?’ has developed a new app to allow people to live, learn and work more independently.
Tom explained, ‘How Do I?’ harnesses NFC technology to teach life and vocational skills through easy to access step-by-step videos.

Swiss Cottage School in the London Borough of Camden, meets the needs of children aged 2-19 with complex learning difficulties, emotional, behavioural and communication difficulties and those on the Autistic Spectrum Continuum. ‘How do I?’ is a social enterprise, majority owned by the Swiss Cottage School Charity.

Tom has been at the school for six years. Starting as a teaching assistant. He has now been teaching life skills for three years.

Millions of EU voters with disabilities will not be able to cast their ballots in EP elections

EU voters with disabilities

With many legal and technical barriers still in place across the EU, not a single Member State has ensured that elections are accessible to all, an EESC report finds

On 20 March, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) issued an information report presenting the full state of play when it comes to the right of persons with disabilities to vote in the European Parliament elections.

The report entitled "Real rights of persons with disabilities to vote in EP elections" shows that despite many binding legal documents protecting the rights of persons with disabilities in the EU, millions of them will not be able or allowed to cast their votes this spring, or may at least have difficulties to do so.

Making exercise more inclusive

Making exercise more inclusive with Tony

Nottingham City Council has launched a new campaign aimed at increasing the number of people with disabilities taking part in sport and leisure exercise and activities.

The council aims for Nottingham to become the fastest growing city for disability sports participation, and the new It’s for me campaign will raise awareness of leisure activities available to people with a disability or long-standing health conditions.

Alicia Wood, Head of Public Affairs at Dimensions, comments on the government’s response to the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme Second Annual Report

Alicia Wood, Head of Public Affairs at Dimensions, comments on the government’s response to the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme Second Annual Report

“The Second Annual LeDeR Report published in May sent shockwaves through the social care sector. Today, Dimensions welcomes the Government’s much-anticipated response. It goes a long way to assuring us that the government recognises the urgent need to stamp out the profound health inequalities that people with learning disabilities experience.

£4.3m innovative Radyr development will cater to those with disabilities

£4.3m innovative Radyr development will cater to those with disabilities

The construction of a £4.3 million innovative housing development in Radyr, Cardiff, parts of which are designed specifically for the needs of individuals with physical disabilities, will start this autumn. 

Aspects of the bespoke development, being built by Hale Construction in partnership with Taff Housing Association, will be wheelchair-friendly and designed specifically with the needs of disabled users in mind.

The designs of the development for 36 units on De Clare Drive in Radyr were approved in May 2018 – construction of the development is expected to take 62 weeks. 

The development will comprise 18 one-bedroom apartments, 10 two-bedroom apartments and eight three-bedroom homes – four of which will be suitable for wheelchair users. 

Freedom of the Borough for rugby club who keep on giving

Freedom of the Borough for rugby club who keep on giving

European rugby champions Saracens, who are at the forefront of a scheme to help young people with learning disabilities, have been awarded the Freedom of the London Borough of Barnet.

The prestigious award was granted to the club for their match winning performances on the pitch as well as for their work in the community.

Chairman Nigel Wray said: “To be awarded Freedom of the Borough, makes us as a club, incredibly proud." 

 The Sarries Foundation,  has teamed up with sponsors Alan Day Volkswagen ,who supply the club with a fleet of vehicles for players and senior staff,  pioneering touch rugby sessions every Monday for youngsters aged between 11-20-years-old.

Do You Have Designs To Help People With Disabilities?

Do You Have Designs To Help People With Disabilities?

A LEADING housing and care specialist has launched its annual search to find the brightest and best new innovations to help those with disabilities.

The Blackwood Design Awards seek to celebrate the brilliant new designs, technologies and adaptations which help people with disabilities to live life to the full.

The Awards are open to both seasoned professionals and gifted amateurs, meaning that both technologically advanced and those simpler, yet often most successful designs, are equally welcome.

Past entries include a design for a wheelchair that allows users to control its direction with their eyes, as well as the ‘S’up Spoon’, which enables people with shaky hands to eat more easily.

Be a volunteer helper!

The joy of Woodlarks is that everyone involved is a volunteer. The disabled people who come here have all sorts of disabilities. They rely on volunteer helpers to enable them to join in all that Woodlarks has to offer. 

 

 As one camper said, ‘A new experience every day.’

 

The summer half term week, and every week through July and August, urgently needs active helpers to engage for a week.

 

As soon as bookings open in January, camp leaders are flooded with applications from disabled people who want to attend their week.  Sadly, they have to put many on a waiting list until they can be sure that they have enough helpers.

 

Purley Park Trust Embraces Digital Technology to Improve Quality of Care

Purley Park Trust the charity based in Purley on Thames, near Reading which provides care services to over 80 people in the local community with learning disabilities, has recently starting using Engagement Multiplier to support its strategy of delivering an excellent standard of care to each of these individuals.

Engagement Multiplier is a digital platform and program, which helps care providers to measurably improve the levels of engagement of their staff.  The platform provides senior leaders with valuable insight and clarity around where time, effort and resource should be focused in order to deliver measurable results.     

Hft adds voice to study about service provision for people with disabilities

Hft, a charity supporting adults with learning disabilities, has responded to calls for information from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on service provisions for persons with disabilities. 
 
Ms. Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, Special Rapporteur on the Rights Of Persons with Disabilities, launched the call as part of her study in to the global state of provisions of services for people with disabilities. The results of the report will be presented to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council in March 2017. 
 

Olympics...Paralympics....Cybathlon

Cybathlon

An athlete whose disability means he cannot find a suitable sport in the Paralympics is fighting back – by taking part in the world’s first Cybathlon. 

Johnny Beer, from Aylesbury, Bucks, has flown out to Switzerland to demonstrate the life-changing effects of pioneering therapy and bionic assistive technology. He will compete in the FES bike race for Great Britain against 11 competitors from nine different countries. 

The Cybathlon comprises six rigorous challenges that promise a glimpse into the future by showcasing technology that will help those living with disabilities cope more effectively with daily life. 

Love is in the air at Arrowe Hall

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Two young people with complex needs who live at the same supported living service in The Wirral are over the moon after announcing their engagement.

Shelley (25) and Simon (28) are both part of the supported living community at Arrowe Hall, which is home to 23 individuals with learning disabilities, mental health needs or acquired brain injury. 

Shelley said: “When I first moved into Arrowe Hall I was very shy, I couldn’t look at people in the face when I was talking to them, but now I am very loud and a great character to be around.

“We got engaged at my birthday party - Simon got down on one knee and gave me a ring.

Leading disability care provider holds pioneering Family Conference

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Families of individuals supported by Care Management Group (CMG), one of the UK’s leading providers of care for people with learning disabilities and associated complex needs, came together from across the country this month to attend the group’s annual Family Conference.

The conference provides a vital opportunity for families to come together and learn more about recent developments in learning disability care and meet the people who lead CMG.

Kidz to Adultz Scotland welcomes 1500 visitors to The Royal Highland Centre

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Around 1500 people headed to Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre on 15th September for Kidz to Adultz Scotland – one of the largest, free Scottish events dedicated to children and young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their families, carers and the professionals who work with them. 

Over 80 exhibitors were able to offer advice, support and information to attendees: mobility, communication, equipment and technology, beds and seating, toys and learning aids, funding, sports and much more.