Henry’s triple success with school awards after vision boost

Henry’s triple success with school awards after vision boost

Sussex schoolboy Henry Johnston has ended the school year on a high after he was awarded not one but THREE achievement awards.

Henry, 13, attends Tanbridge House School in Horsham and also spends part of his school week at the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School which caters for children with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties, or complex needs.

Henry received a Headteacher's award for the year and an award in recognition of effort and achievement at Tanbridge House School. 

He also received an award for overall enjoyment and achievement from Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School.

Award-winning educational software provides a solution to the note-taking conundrum

Award-winning educational software provides a solution to the note-taking conundrum

Taking notes in lectures is difficult. Trying to understand complex, unfamiliar information while simultaneously capturing all the important points in writing is a challenge for any student.

But for students with disabilities that affect writing, organisation and working memory, taking effective written notes is beyond difficult – it’s a major barrier to learning.

In a recent study, when asked what problems they encounter at university, 95% of students with dyslexia said note taking - more than any other academic requirement (Webster D.M., 2016).

In an education system where most instruction is imparted orally, ineffective note taking is a major handicap. The research is unequivocal: students who take better notes get better grades (Titsworth, 2004).

‘Pokémon Go could ease Type 2 diabetes burden’

‘Pokémon Go could ease Type 2 diabetes burden’

University of Leicester researcher suggests smartphone craze could help challenge rising obesity levels Leading diabetes researchers believe smartphone craze Pokémon Go could be an “innovative solution” to rising obesity levels and chronic disease.  

Millions of people around the world have started to play Pokémon Go, a virtual reality treasure hunt where players must walk to places within the real world and catch, train and battle monsters which appear on their mobile phone screens. Dr Tom Yates, a Reader in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health at the University of Leicester based at the Leicester Diabetes Centre, said:

BBC launches search for next BBC Young Dancer

The BBC has launched its search for the next generation of dance talent, as it opens applications for BBC Young Dancer 2017.

Following the success of the first competition last year, the BBC is inviting applicants to submit entries in four categories: Ballet, Contemporary, South Asian Dance and Street Dance.

The competition provides an opportunity for UK dancers aged 16-21 to demonstrate their abilities through four competitive rounds.

BBC Young Dancer is a fully inclusive project, and applications from deaf and disabled dancers aged 16-25 are welcome.

The entry brochure is available in easy read, Braille and as an audio version.

Inspiring Women, Inspiring Change

A new video, released by leading autism charity Anna Kennedy Online in conjunction with International Women’s Day, is showcasing the lives of five mums living with autism.

Adeptly titled ‘Inspiring Women, Inspiring Change’, the video showcases exclusive interviews, that are honest, emotional and inspiring, with each woman discusses their experiences.

The video celebrates women who have daily family struggles and focus on them as individuals and what they have achieved.

Vulnerable residents move into new improved homes

On Friday 11 December East Thames celebrated the relaunch of the Lakeside development – a scheme for adults with learning difficulties on Canvey Island in Essex. Significant repairs and refurbishment carried out on the building, following a flood, meant residents were able to move back into their improved homes in October. They celebrated their return last week with a Christmas party.

Lakeside, which was opened in 2000, provides six fully refurbished, high quality self-contained apartments and 24hour onsite support for adults with learning disabilities.

Mencap and CBF respond to Learning Disability Census 2015

Today, Mencap and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) respond to the publication of the Learning Disability Census Report 2015.
The Census was published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) and commissioned in the wake of physical and psychological abuse suffered by people with a learning disability at Winterbourne View Hospital exposed by a Panorama investigation broadcast in 2011.
New figures from the Learning Disability Census 2015 show that there are 3500 people with a learning disability in inpatient units, who are still at high risk of abusive and restrictive practices. This is inclusive of 480 patients who were unreported in the Learning Disability Census, an increase of 235 on last year.


‘Press-ups in the park’ is the latest initiative to encourage a group of young people with special needs from Redhill, Surrey to keep in trim. The fine autumn weather has allowed the group – who all live at Ambleside Lodge residential care home – to work-out in the open air. The idea is for the individuals, aged 18 to 28, to develop an exercise regime they can transfer to the local gym for when the days turn colder.

“For most of them it’s the first time they’ve taken part in this kind of regular exercise and they’re loving it,” said service manager Rebecca Cretten.

“It’s a wonderful way of making the most of the great outdoors, especially with the lovely mild weather we’ve had recently.

Grease Is The Word

A group of young people with learning difficulties from St Leonard’s on Sea in East Sussex have hosted their own American-themed fun night with a nostalgic take on the hit movie Grease.

The group who live at Bridgewater House residential care service dressed as Pink Ladies and T-Birds and enjoyed an evening of ‘mocktails’, hot dogs and ice cream to the sound-track of the film.

World’s longest running U2 tribute band to headline London’s Borderline for Mencap fundraiser

Didn’t manage to get tickets to U2’s sold out world tour?
World’s longest running U2 tribute band to headline London’s Borderline for Mencap fundraiser
Foreword by the cousin of iconic U2 guitarist, Edge

Date: Tuesday 15 December 2015
Time: 7pm
Venue: The Borderline, Manette St, London, W1D 4JB
Tickets: £15, available at SEE Tickets and TicketWeb

U2 2, the world’s longest running U2 tribute band, will headline London’s legendary Borderline on Tuesday 15 December for a one off show in aid of learning disability charity, Mencap.

Charity launches search for champions across the country

National children’s charity, Young Epilepsy, has launched nominations to find the UK's epilepsy champions.

Now in it’s fourth year, the Young Epilepsy Champions Awards will celebrate the achievements of individuals, groups and organisations across the country. The prestigious awards ceremony will take place in May 2016 at London. In previous years celebrities such as Actor Martin Kemp, TV Personality Peter Andre, Athelete Dai Green, Olympic Champion James Cracknell and TOWIE star Ferne McCann have attended and shown support to nominees and winners.

Helping pupils overcome a fear of maths

Ask any pupil about their ‘worst’ subject at school and you will often get the answer, ‘maths’. Many adults will agree - weirdly it’s still socially acceptable to say you are ‘bad at maths’, or ‘not a maths person’. This has got to change and I’m convinced that removing the ‘fear’ around the subject will go a long way towards developing more positive attitudes towards this vital skill.

Schools step up for Slippers for Shelter to help homeless children this Christmas

School children across the country are getting ready to give their old school shoes the boot, and slide on their slippers instead – all in support of children who will be homeless this Christmas. With a shocking 100,000 children in Britain facing the prospect of waking up homeless on Christmas morning, Shelter is calling on schools to take part in their Christmas appeal, Slippers for Shelter. On Friday 4th December, school children can support Slippers for Shelter in three simple steps:

•Wear your slippers into school;

Important reminders for nurses for Bonfire Night burns

The Children’s Burns Trust predicts that this year 500 children and their families will join the growing number of people who will remember bonfire night for the wrong reasons; with firework injuries to the eyes, head or hands.

If children or adults present with firework burns, although no burn is the same, all burn wound management should aim to:
• Promote spontaneous healing
• Prevent further tissue loss
• Prevent infection
• Provide optimal conditions for surgery, if required
• Be as pain free as possible
• Be acceptable to the patient.
These aims are achieved through:
• Pain management
• Wound cleansing
• Wound debridement, including blister de-roofing
• The use of wound dressings.

Leading charities warn of funding crisis in vital disabled children’s services

New research published today by the Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) campaign shows more than half of local authorities have cut spending on short breaks (respite services) for families with disabled children since 2011/12. The research also shows that families are reporting it is more difficult to access short breaks.   The consortium of charities are warning of the economic and social consequences if local authorities are forced to make further cuts to short breaks services and are calling on the Chancellor to renew the government’s commitment to investing in short break services in this autumn’s spending review as he did in 2010.


Scotland’s largest visual impairment organisation will today launch a new service to support teachers in mainstream schools who have visually impaired children in their classroom. The Royal Blind Learning Hub will provide training, support, advice and workshops to all those involved in the education of visually impaired children and young people across Scotland.

Sense is calling for visions of the future from deafblind people

National deafblind charity, Sense, 60:60 Vision campaign seeks to explore what deafblind and multi-sensory impaired (MSI)people want the world to be like in sixty years time. The charity is calling on deafblind people, their families and supporters to share their visions of the future for deafblind people.

The campaign forms part of the charity’s 60th anniversary year in which the organisation is celebrating achievements made to date, as well as looking to the future to envisage what changes could be made to improve the lives of deafblind people.

Ambitious about Autism host seminar on The Care Act 2014 in Holborn

Ambitious about Autism, the leading national charity for children and young adults with autism, are holding a seminar for parent, carers and professionals on the Care Act 2014 and the law on social care, on Thursday October 15th at St Albans Centre, Holborn, London.

The law concerning how adults (18+) with disabilities are cared for, and the rights of carers, has changed with the implementation of the Care Act 14. The new Act gives carers considerably strengthened rights to support. The seminar is relevant for parents and carers of young people aged 16+ and the professionals who support them. It is heavily subsidised for parents and carers (£10 including lunch) and promises to be a really useful event with a range of speakers including: