Our monthly round up of useful resources.
PAWS dogs for the disabled
Workshops around the country, open to parents of children with a clinical diagnosis of autism aged between 3 and 16 years, either with a dog or thinking of having a dog.
Creating your own video clip
Trendsetters guide to creating your own video clips for the Internet. This is a follow-up to a workshop with a group of young disabled people (Scope).
A gesture of hope
Article about the use of gesture-based technologies (using computers etc.) for children with severe movement difficulties (SEN Magazine).
Children and Young People with Complex Health Needs
A booklet for families covering home life, relationships, fun, rights, future planning and useful links, (Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities).
Looking for an Ordinary Life
A related briefing “Looking for an Ordinary Life” reports on what families have found helpful, particularly where there is a child dependent on medical technology. The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities also have a number of other publications available.
Strawberry Jam Books
Free e-books and games for children aged 4-12, (Strawberry Jam Books / Hilary Hawkes).
The CNS Store
Online store of brain injury-related products, (Centre for Neuro Skills, USA. The same organisation also has a specialist bookstore).
Camp Experts UK
Advisory service promoting summer camps and programmes for young people with special needs, mostly abroad, some in the UK.
Public services information relating to children and disability:
The Children and Families Act and The Care Act
Factsheet about the effects of the recent Children and Families Act and Care Act on the transition to adult services in England, (Preparing for Adulthood).
Destinations of key stage 4 and key stage 5 pupils: 2011 to 2012
Destinations data: where pupils have gone on to after leaving school or college. Designed to help parents in their choice of school.
Human Rights: Human Lives
A guide for public services on implementing the Human Rights Act.
Implementing the 0-25 Special Needs System (England)
Updated guidance for local authorities putting the systems in place for September 2014,https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/implementing-the-0-to-25-special-needs-system.
Resources aimed at early years workers (England), showing what can be expected in nursery and pre-school provision as a result of the new system.
Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions
Proposed statutory guidance for supporting pupils at school with medical conditions (England) from September 2014.
Mental health and behaviour in schools
Guidance to assist schools to identify and support pupils with mental health needs, (Dept for Education).
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice
The new Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice for England, to replace the existing SEN Code of Practice for education, has been published. The new one also includes health and youth offending organisations, and extends to the age of 25. Announcement by the Minister, Edward Timpson on 11 June. The Code can be found here and it comes into force on 1 September 2014, although initially some arrangements will be “transitional” from the existing system.