learning disabilities

Children with learning disabilities missing out on eye tests, while NHS England "drags its heels"

SeeAbility

New research by SeeAbility, the national learning disability and sight loss charity, suggests that thousands of children with learning disabilities in England's special schools are missing out on vital eye tests and eye care despite being 28 times more likely to have a serious sight problem than other children.

Around 100,000 children attend special schools in England, including the majority of children with severe learning disabilities or autism. SeeAbility's study indicates that up to half of these children are likely to have a problem with their vision, yet alarmingly an estimated 40,000 children will have never received any eye care.

 Room makeover is just the ticket for Sean

Regard Group

Kingsdown House care service in Strood, run by the Regard Group, is going the extra mile to support a young man with autism who is fascinated by trains.

Staff have transformed part of Sean Kelly’s bedroom into a ‘railway carriage’’ along with brick-effect wall paper and station signs on the wall. To complete the scene the 18-strong team installed two pairs of genuine train seats to create a scenario that gives the illusion of traveling by train.

“Sean is completely fascinated by trains,” said Andy Jupp, manager of Kingsdown House, a residential home run by the Regard Group.

How does a classroom design affect a child’s ability to learn?

Learning environments

Student outcomes are the most relevant factor when it comes to measuring the success of learning environments. Though classroom design has an important influence on learning achievement, the majority of time is spent on traditional methods of enhancing the learning progress, such as executing standardized tests, professional growth for educators, and advancement or mediation courses for students. Thanks to a growing awareness of the profound impact classroom design can have on the educational achievements of students, opinions on classroom design are changing, as educators are making strides toward constructing optimal learning environments with the goal of meeting the educational needs of various groups of students.

MPs urged to ‘walk in the shoes’ of people with learning disabilities

Walk in our Shoes

A charity is calling on the public to use social media to urge the Prime Minister to take a walk in our shoes, people with learning disabilities.

Hft, a national charity supporting adults with learning disabilities, is using a crowd-sharing platform to launch a campaign facilitating opportunities for people with learning disabilities to share their concerns and help shape future policy decisions.

Walk in our Shoes was launched with a Thunderclap appeal urging Theresa May to encourage MPs to spend time with people with a learning disability. It will see tweets sent flash-mob style simultaneously from hundreds of accounts.

Have a ball for Heart of England Mencap

IT’S lights, camera, action as tickets go on sale for a night of Hollywood glamour in aid of a local charity. Heart of England Mencap will host the ‘Hollywood Ball’ in Stratford on Friday November 20th, all to raise funds to support local people living with learning disabilities.

The black-tie event will take place at The Stratford Hotel in Arden Street starting at 7pm. Guests will enjoy a three-course meal and charity auction, with live music.  Tickets cost £50 per person, or £500 for a table of ten.  The price includes all food and entertainment plus a drink on arrival.