Events

Scunthorpe Inclusive Festival raises autism awareness and brings together families across the community

Options Autism

Options Autism is proud to be hosting its annual Inclusive Festival in Scunthorpe on Sunday 12 August, welcoming both families affected by autism as well as the wider local community to enjoy festival fun at this relaxed and safe open-air event.

Organised by professionals from Options Autism, part of Outcomes First Group – the national provider of care and education to children, young people and adults with autism, complex needs and learning difficulties – the festival aims to raise awareness of autism, to fundraise and help integrate members of the community.

How one twelve year old's letter is helping to change the world 

Northumbrian Water’s Innovation Festival 2018

A 12-year-old Durham school pupil’s school project on single use plastics has become the inspiration behind one of Northumbrian Water’s Innovation Festival 2018 sprints.

Hannah Mitchell, from Durham Johnston School, wrote a moving letter to her class-mates as part of an assignment earlier this year.

In it, she talked about the damage that plastics are doing to the planet, the harm they are causing in the ocean and to innocent animals and asked for everyone to work together to help save the world and do their bit.

Northumbrian Water found out about the letter and loved it so much that they decided to surprise Hannah and visit her at school to say thank you for her hard work and her commitment to the plastics cause.

FestABLE event to be held at SEND college

Sally Phillips FestABLE

Guest speakers including TVs Sally Phillips will gather for FestABLE on June 2 as part of the UK’s first national festival dedicated to specialist learning.

Youtubers, assistive technology experts and professionals working with young people who have special educational needs and disabilities will attend the event. 

Young people have helped plan FestABLE’s diverse programme which includes all sorts from the chance to go in the country’s only wheelchair-accessible hot air balloon and play with eye-gaze controlled computer games, to sessions on speech and occupational therapy, Education, Health and Care plans, early autism intervention, SEND reform and removing the barriers to achievement.

Introducing the brand-new Health & Wellbeing Zone

Childcare Expo

Childcare Expo, the longest-running Early Years event, adapts as well as responds to the needs of sector year on year. This year at the upcoming Manchester event in June, Childcare Expo introduces the first Health & Wellbeing Zone to their already jam-packed event.

The Health & Wellbeing Zone has been designed as an exclusive feature area providing Early Years practitioners with vital information to help educate and inspire their practice. A whole host of leading experts and organisations have come together to bring the concept to life and the organisers are excited to unveil it to the anticipated crowds at EventCity on 15 & 16 June.

Naidex Is Just Around the Corner - Have You Registered?

Naidex

The countdown for Naidex has well and truly begun! Europe’s largest disability and independent living event is set to transform Birmingham’s NEC on the 25th & 26th April for a monumental 44th edition.

Over the past two years, this mighty event has been completely turned on its head by its new organisers who have cultivated it to new, unrecognisable heights. With a floor plan double the size of last year, the introduction of brand new interactive features, and even more unmissable seminars, product launches and live demos, there are more opportunities than ever for delegates to get involved and test the products that are shaping the future of disability.

FestABLE caters for specialist educators

FestABLE

FestABLE is the first national festival in the country that is dedicated entirely to specialist learning takes place on June 2, hosted by National Star College.

FestABLE sees professionals, parents and young people coming together to discuss some of the major problems young people with disabilities and learning difficulties have to deal with.

National Star College in Gloucestershire - which recently gained outstanding ratings in all sections of both Ofsted and Care Quality Commission categories – is hosting the event.

National Autistic Society awards

awards

Together Trust shortlisted for two National Autistic Society awards

The Together Trust is delighted to have been shortlisted for Outstanding Health Service and Most Inspirational Social Care Professional for the National Autistic Society’s autism professional’s awards. 

The National Autistic Society awards are a significant acknowledgement of outstanding autism practice. The Trust’s Sleep Tight Trafford team have been shortlisted for the Outstanding Health Services award and residential home manager, Carmel Perry, has been shortlisted for the Most Inspirational Social Care Professional award. To get through to the final for two awards is an incredible achievement for the Sleep Tight team and Carmel, but also for the Trust as a whole.  

East Anglian coding competition set to reduce skills gap and drive social mobility

East Anglian coding competition set to reduce skills gap and drive social mobility

FXP Festival, a STEM initiative based on a computer and mobile game design and development competition, is now open to entries from secondary schools and colleges across East Anglia. The initiative, which is linked to the computer science curriculum, uses computer games to increase interest and uptake of STEM subjects, build young people’s digital skills and provide an insight into what careers in the technology, creative digital and related industries might offer. 

Kidz to Adultz Middle

Kidz to Adultz Middle

Thursday, 15th March 2018    9.30am — 4.30pm

Ericsson Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry, CV6 6GE

FREE ENTRY - FREE PARKING – FULLY ACCESSIBLE – CHILDREN WELCOME

One of the largest FREE UK events supporting children and young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their families, carers and all the professionals who support them. 

Kidz to Adultz MiddleThe Kidz to Adultz Middle Team at Disabled Living are delighted and extremely proud to bring this annual event back to the very prestigious Ricoh Arena n Coventry. 

The Education Show 2018 Highlights Creativity, Wellbeing and Innovation

The Education Show 2018

Creativity, wellbeing and literacy take centre stage at The Education Show 2018, with education experts joined by leading Special Educational needs expert Lorraine Peterson OBE and Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcy Bussell.

The UK’s leading education resources event brings the classroom to life over three days from 15 to 17 March 2018 at the Birmingham NEC.  The 2018 show celebrates the mix of practicality, fun and creativity that teachers bring to their roles to inspire their pupils, while supporting the knowledge and commitment of schools.

The greatest eduction show on earth? You Bett!

The greatest eduction show on earth? You Bett!

The world’s leading education show returned to ExCeL London in January - The Bett show attracted 35,000 people from the worldwide education community. And with a huge range of new secondary education aids on display, plus a number of speaker sessions and workshops dedicated to best practice and innovation in SEN education, it was a must-attend event for all in the world of special educational needs.
More than 700 exhibitors displayed their solutions to the challenges facing the education sector – not least those aimed at enhancing the educational experience of those with SEN.

Learning to Take on the Challenge - do you dare?

Action4Youth

Action4Youth, an energetic youth charity that provides positive, often transformational experiences and activities, works to enable young people of all abilities and disabilities to learn to challenge themselves - learning what they can achieve rather than what they can’t.

 

Confidence, self-belief and people skills are not traits that come naturally to young people with learning disabilities and Special Educational Needs (SEN), so it’s easy to see how they can become self-conscious, isolated and afraid to try new things. One youth charity is working with SEN students, taking them out of their comfort zone and opening their eyes to the possibilities and opportunities that life has to offer.

 

Back Care Awareness Week Back Pain in Education

pupil with school bag

 

The annual Back Care Awareness Week, run by BackCare, the UK’s leading charity for those impacted by back or neck pain, is to take place between 2 and 6 October.  The theme this year is Back Pain in Education.  

Back pain is one of the top common causes of absence from work throughout the country.   It costs the UK economy around £15 billion every year as over four million working days are lost as a result of the condition.  Furthermore, about 80% of the UK population will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.

BackCare decided it was important to run a campaign targeted at children and young people as many of the back and neck pain problems experienced by adults are due to them not looking after their backs during childhood and teenage years. 

Theraposture to demonstrate its user-centric approach at Kidz to Adultz Scotland  

Kidz to Adultz Scotland

 

Theraposture, the leading specialist for tailor-made adjustable beds, chairs and care cots, will be showcasing its considered approach to parents and disabled children at Kidz to Adultz Scotland.

14th September: Kidz to Adultz Scotland, Stand D5, Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB, free admission.

Theraposture has been the considered choice since 1981. It provides quality assistive products with exceptional long term value backed up by impeccable and ethical support. Its Trusted Assessors work closely with OTs and families so that the most appropriate sleeping solution is supplied every time – ensuring independence, safety and well-being is always maximised.

The Language Show London

Language Show

What is the Language Show?

The Language Show is the must-attend event for anyone with a passion for languages. Attend three inspirational days packed with over 50 CPD certified seminars, language classes, live forums, cultural performances and a large range of exhibitors promoting their latest advice and industry guidance. Find out more on our website at www.languageshowlive.co.uk/london/.

 

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Cost Effective CPD for schools and teachers:

Language show

Why the Language Show is where professional development is heading 

 

What is CPD?

Continuing Professional Development enables teachers to maintain and enhance knowledge and skills to the benefit of their careers by improve pupil’s attainment.  Seen as a highly valuable activity, CPD keeps you up-to-date with the newest advances in the industry, gives you access to leading seminars and displays your commitment to self-improvement. 

 

Why should I do it?

Attending these sessions can help:

Intu's green-fingered volunteers transform charity garden at Autism East Midlands Fairview and Lynton residential services

Intu's green-fingered volunteers transform charity garden at Autism East Midlands Fairview and Lynton residential services

A DONATION of £1500 and a group of over 20 eager volunteers from intu have helped to rejuvenate the old school playground at Autism East Midlands’ Fairview and Lynton residential home to a haven for residents ahead of warmer weather in Carlton this week.

The garden based at Fairview and Lynton residential home, offers the residents with autism a safe and secure environment to go about their daily lives. A garden has played a role in the lives of the residents at their old home at Linby Drive.

Hyde youngster and Royal Navy veteran shortlisted for national rugby awards

Lo Gradwell Spencer

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

Care Management Group

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.