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People with learning disabilities ‘urgently’ need Type 2 diabetes prevention help

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The health of people with learning disabilities ‘urgently’ need to be targeted in a Type 2 diabetes prevention drive, Leicestershire researchers have said.

In a recent study of 930 adults from across the county with learning disabilities a high proportion, more than two-thirds (68 per cent), were discovered to be overweight or obese, putting them at risk of developing diabetes in the future.

The research team, from the Leicester Diabetes Centre, wanted to find out whether people with learning disabilities could be at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. A further aim was to develop a lifestyle programme to help people with learning disabilities stay healthy. 

Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids: leading lights in the management of behavioural conditions?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is common in children with autism, with antipsychotic medicines typically being prescribed whether these occur separately or collectively.  Whilst these may offer benefit for some children and young people, for others alternative adjunctive therapy options are needed in addition to medicines.  There is now a growing body of evidence that omega-3 and 6 fatty acids could work as a suitable adjunctive therapy with and to conventional medications.  Dr Emma Derbyshire discusses the role and latest evidence behind these important fatty acids.

Iconic new art installation called the umbrella project launches in liverpool

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A huge splash of colour has arrived in Liverpool for the summer, as 200 brightly coloured umbrellas have been suspended over a busy city centre street. The goal behind this initiative is to raise awareness and understanding, encouraging discussion around Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and autism.

 

Devised and curated by Liverpool-based ADHD Foundation, which this year celebrates its tenth anniversary as a charity, the Umbrella Project transforms Church Alley (leading up to the Bluecoat) into a canopy of colour until the end of August. The individual umbrellas have also been personally signed by children from St Oswald’s primary school in Old Swan and across Merseyside, many of whom have ADHD, autism and other neurodevelopment conditions.

 

Kuradocs announces liferaft for people living with disabilities and their carers

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- digital platform provides a single source of health, medical, social and emotional information that is managed by individuals and their carers and can be shared with everyone in the care circle -

 

Southampton, 22nd June 2017, UK start-up, Kuradocs, has announced a new online application, Liferaft, that helps people living with disabilities and their carers to ease the administrative burden that comes with managing complex life-long conditions.

 

Hyde youngster and Royal Navy veteran shortlisted for national rugby awards

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Leo Gradwell Spencer, 11, has made final shortlist for prestigious Premiership Rugby award after attending Sale Sharks rugby camps

 

Winnington Park Rugby Club volunteer Paula Bradbury, Royal Navy veteran Ian Rudge and Sharks coach Vicky Irwin also nominated for awards at July ceremony

 

An 11-year-old from Hyde who tackled his autism by playing rugby with Sale Sharks and a Royal Navy veteran from Eccles have been shortlisted for  prestigious national Premiership Rugby awards.

 

Leo Gradwell Spencer, who has high functioning autism, and 59-year-old Ian Rudge will compete with other nominees from around the country for the PLAY Achiever Award and the Breakthru Award at the Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards in July.

Care Management Group (CMG) Launches Expert STOMP Best Practice Guide

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Care Management Group (CMG), a leading provider of residential care, supported living services and domiciliary care for people with learning disabilities, has launched a STOMP Best Practice Guide, which gives comprehensive guidance on ways to reduce the over-medication of people with learning disabilities, and/or autism through non-drug alternative methods of treatment.

  

10 Tools for Kids to Improve Writing Skills

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Your child’s education is so important. They will get plenty of support at school, but in their early and formative years, it’s essential that they get support at home too. Thanks to the Internet, there is now a greater number of tools that can help your children learn, including online writing tools that offer a range of features to help improve your child’s writing skills. Take a look at these top 10 tools to help your child improve their writing skills.

 

1. Visuwords

Who really benefits from having a Canopy i2o ltd have the answers

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Interview with Mark Cooper Sales Advisor i2o ltd & Little Miracles Sean Robson- Business Manager on Canopy's

 

How has Little Miracles benefited from having the canopy?

 

We are able to offer particular activities and equipment like the table football and pool table all year round now which we would only ever offer outside if we were guaranteed it was not going to rain. But, now we can just keep them out there rather than taking them out and putting them up and then packing them down again and bringing them in.

Making your own decisions

Being supported to vote

A care service in Penge is supporting four individuals with learning disabilities to make sure their voices are heard at the upcoming general election.

 

Crystal House is home to young people who are in transition from residential college, foster care or the family home.

 

Senior support worker Diane Liston says the service has made sure the group are all registered to vote on June 8.

 

“The election is providing us with a great opportunity to demonstrate to people with learning difficulties and mental health needs that they have a voice,” said Diane.

 

“Usually those who find decision-making difficult are in that position because they have never been given the opportunity.