‘#GoYellow’ for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus


The charity Shine is calling its supporters and the public to #GoYellow during Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness Week: 24th-31st October, to help raise awareness of these conditions.
Shine supporters will be having fun and fundraising around the #GoYellow theme, especially on World Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Day, Tuesday 25th October, and the charity’s logo will also be bouncing around social media to see how far it can go.

Rise in involvement for people with learning disability issues

learning disability

A new twist has been given to the campaign for person-centred care launched earlier this year by The Regard Group, the UK’s fourth largest private organisation providing supported living and residential services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury.

Following on from Regard’s push for improved focus on service users being at the centre of their own care, the organisation is now calling for learning disability and mental health care provision to be not just person-centred but person-led.

Sandie Foxall-Smith, CEO of Regard, said: “Our ambition is to empower those we support to be fully involved not just in their own care but in the bigger decisions that affect the homes where they live.

Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder

It can be difficult for teachers to know where to start with sensory processing disorder (SPD). SPD would be more accurately described as a group of related disorders that can affect different children in a variety of different ways, and if you’re a teacher trying to do the best you can for the one child with SPD in your class, it can be tough to know what the correct approach is. That said, every child deserves the chance to succeed in education, and teachers who make an effort to understand the struggles that the child is facing could have a powerful, positive impact on that child’s experience of school.

What is sensory processing disorder?

Broadly speaking, there are three main disorders that are collectively known as SPD:

IARA Nominations 2016


Special Awards Recipients:

Anna Kennedy OBE – Best Humanitarian Award 2016

Joshua Kane – Best Designer 2016

Atiha Sen Gupta – Best Playwright 2016

John Bryne – Best Contribution to Arts & Diversity 2016

Khali Best – Youngest Achievement Award Film & Television 2016 

Moelogo – Best UK-Afrobeat Artist 2016

Jermain Jackman – Inspirational Music Artist of The Year 2016 

Racquel Smith – Best Fashion Model 2016

Bmystireo – Best Emerging African Artist

Sarah Jagger – Best Makeup Artist 2016 

Carmel Britto – Outstanding Contribution to Youth Development

A MUM from Middlesbrough has won fresh recognition for her pioneering support for children with autism.

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Monkey World

This internationally-acclaimed rescue centre, in 65 acres of beautiful Dorset woodland, is home to over 250 primates – including the largest group of chimps outside Africa.  Many have been neglected, kept in unnatural conditions, or experienced unbelievable cruelty.  At Monkey World, they can all enjoy the company of their own kind in a safe and natural environment, and some are now part of international breeding programmes for endangered species.  

Six common myths about ADHD dispelled

Re:Cognition Health is keen to dispel common myths about ADHD, which affects around 500,000 school-aged children (5%) in the UK. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a complex neurological condition most commonly diagnosed in childhood. Symptoms can vary but key characteristics are a tendency to talk incessantly, inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour.

‘ADHD is a condition that has been and continues to be significantly misunderstood,’ says Dr Dimitrios Paschos, Re:Cognition Health’s psychiatrist specialising in adult ADHD and related disorders. ‘It’s hard for both the public and professionals to move beyond the label of someone just having attention problems or being disruptive at school.’

Dr Paschos reveals some common myths about ADHD:

“Animal Magic” Comes to a specialist school in Devon


Pupils at the Chelfham Bere Alston School, Yelverton are to benefit from an innovative therapy with the launch of new ‘animal strategy’ that will see the introduction of pets and ponies to the classroom  and the playground.

The school – for up to 30 students between the ages of seven and 19 - will be implementing the approach based on widespread evidence that supports the use of animals within schools because of the impact they can have on behaviour and learning. Animals can also help vulnerable students feel more comfortable in the classroom.

Astley Village autism specific school rated 'outstanding' across the board

Oliver house school

A school in Astley Village, Lancashire, for young people with autism, has been rated ‘outstanding’ by the education regulator, Ofsted.

In its report, following an inspection last month, Ofsted praised Oliver House School for: enabling pupils to “make outstanding progress”; “promoting personal, social and cultural development extremely well”; having “extremely strong” links with parents;and having a “passionate” school principal in post.

The school was rated “Outstanding” overall and for all areas inspected, including in “effectiveness of leadership and management”, “quality of teaching, learning and assessment” and its “sixth form provision”.

Breakthrough technologies in ADHD intervention and diagnosis

ADHD Foundation working with two med-tech companies to launch and pilot breakthrough technologies in ADHD intervention and diagnosis


Revolutionary new technologies to help with the management of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) will be launched and piloted by leading ADHD charity, ADHD Foundation, for the first time in the UK. 

Can robotics boost engagement of pupils with learning disabilities?

Interactive Technologies and Game Conference

The Interactive Technologies And Games Conference (ITAG) is now in its 9th consecutive year and will be held on Wednesday 26 – Thursday 27 October 2016.


Hosted annually by Nottingham Trent University the conference will showcase and disseminate research outcomes, freely available games and interactive resources for educational and clinical applications.


The conference has a particular focus on the use of gaming hardware and software to implement accessible solutions, and the increasing impact of ubiquitous computing on our everyday well-being.