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Care Act Guidance updated 17.08.2017

A few days ago we received by email the following bullet/invitation from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) :

 

 

From SCIE:

Learning from safeguarding adults reviews

Events in Birmingham on 14 September and London on 20 September

Webinar online on 26 September

The Department of Health has commissioned SCIE and RIPfA to improve the quality and use of safeguarding adults reviews (SARs). There are three upcoming events on the theme of ‘Making the learning from Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs) accessible through a national library’.

So one message to take from this email is that the DoH recognises the need to improve the use of SARs…

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Oxford’s ambitions to improve reputation for autism research.

An interesting article in the latest edition of Oxford Today on the ambitions of one academic to improve the university’s reputation for research into autism.

The interview with Professor Geoff Bird, Tutorial Fellow in Psychology at Brasenose College, is well worth reading, especially his thoughts on empathy, lack of empathy, and alexithymia.

Alexithymia. No, I hadn’t heard of it either until now (and my spellchecker doesn’t recognise it!) , but it may increase in significance amongst a wider non-academic audience.

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Get a Haircut!

Currently lost in admiration for Welsh hairdresser James Williams

…who has founded ABA (the Autism Barbers Assemble!).

“Sitting in a hairdresser’s chair may sound simple, but for a child with autism having a haircut can be painful. One barber has developed a unique technique where he will cut a child’s hair during long periods while sitting on the floor, on window sills or even in the car.”

Please now read the full story (guaranteed to bring a smile) in this news report from BBC Wales   Continue reading

Introducing the Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP)

 

The project that was Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) is no more. A new coalition of 45 organisations has formed the Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP); many any other charities and organisations are pledging support. It has been impossible to ignore the flurry of related emails on this topic!

The DCP has kicked off with what it hopes will be a high-profile campaign to raise awareness and empathy amongst the general public; the Secret Life of Us.

At this point the easiest thing is to re-print below the welcoming email from the DCP’s Chair…

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Crisis in Special Needs Education – Teaching Assistants made Redundant as Central and Local Govt argue over Funding

There was a thoroughly depressing piece by Fran Abrams in the Guardian’s Education Section on 11th April 2017, headlined ‘Schools battle to support special needs as teaching assistants lose jobs’ – ‘Pupils are at risk of being turned away from mainstream schools as classroom support falls victim to budget cuts’. To read it, which I recommend, follow this link .

Here is not the place to present arguments for and against special schools and provision within mainstream schools. Would it not just be nice if parents had the choice between two viable and adequately funded options (that is assuming they can navigate the statementing process)?

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SWAN Children -‘I just want to know what’s wrong with my child’

The issues around securing a diagnosis for your child will be familiar to many parents. Most (including the author of this post) will have an anecdote or horror story to tell about the process.

I was reminded of the problems around diagnosis by an article by Chris Evans in the i newspaper on 22nd May, also available online via this link.

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Manifestos – Part 3

Well another day another manifesto launch, again as with the others I read the Conservative Manifesto from cover to cover looking for references to people with a learning disability but again I didn’t find much Continue reading

Manifestos – Part 2

Yesterday saw the launch of the Liberal Democrat manifesto and I will try to cover the relevant points as I did with the Labour Party.

I have to say that there were not many references to learning disability so I’ll do the best I can with the limited resources offered. The full manifesto can be downloaded by entering Liberal Democrat Manifesto 2017 into your search engine Continue reading

Manifesto time again!!!

Well I didn’t think we would be doing this again so soon after last time but who am I to expect that 5 year fixed term parliaments should actually mean that!
Once again I am going to read all the manifestos for the main political parties for references to learning disability and specific policies that affect people with a learning disability.
First off the blocks is the Labour Party who published their manifesto yesterday and it is very easily downloadable, just enter labour party manifesto into your search engine. Continue reading

An Expert Guide to Mental Capacity and the Right to Vote

We have just received what appears to be a pretty definitive guide to learning disability, mental capacity, and the capacity and right to vote in the upcoming election.

This may be useful to you or someone you care for. Written by Lucy Series, it is a blog posting entitled ‘It’s that time again’.

If you read it, it will quickly become clear that she wants us to remember the mantra ‘ mental incapacity is not a legal incapacity to vote’ with the slightly less memorable addendum  ‘thanks to s73 of the Electoral Administration Act 2006′.  Continue reading

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