Tag Archives: learning disabilities

Teaching Children about Sex and Relationships

Parents are key in teaching their children about sex and relationships, helping them cope with the emotional and physical aspects of growing up and preparing them for the challenges and responsibilities that sexual maturity brings, but it isn’t always an easy conversation to have and knowing how to support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) can be even more difficult.

The following online guides and information may be helpful:-

Treat Me Well

Simple adjustments make a big difference.

Treat me well is Mencap’s campaign to transform how the NHS treats people with a learning disability in hospital. Find out what we’re calling for and how you can help.

Simple changes in hospital care can make a big difference – better communication, more time and clearer information.

But we know the treatment people with a learning disability get in hospital is still not good enough in many parts of the country. This has to change.

1200 people with a learning disability die avoidably in hospital, each and every year.

Mencap’s campaign, Treat me well, calls on NHS staff to make reasonable adjustments for people with a learning disability which can help to save lives.

Sign up to support the campaign

Watch the video

Treat me well report

We know we can only make a real difference to healthcare inequalities if we work together with those who are at the front line of the NHS.

Therefore, we’ve carried out research not only with people with a learning disability, but also healthcare professionals, hospital trusts and universities teaching medical and nursing students.

Read our report to find and more and what we’re calling for. Full Report. Easy Read Report.

All content and media thanks to Mencap.

 

Minecraft – a Safe Place for Children and Young People with Autism

The internet can be an ugly place, but you won’t find bullies or trolls on Stuart Duncan’s Minecraft server, AutCraft. AutCraft has been designed for children and young people with autism and their families, which creates a safe online environment for play and self-expression for those who sometimes behave a bit differently than their peers (and who might be singled out elsewhere).

AutCraft was created by Stuart Duncan (aka AutismFather in game) who not only has autism himself but also a child with autism as well. The server is administrated by adults that include autistics, parents of autistic children or a family member of someone with autism. Bullying, killing, stealing, griefing, swearing etc. is not tolerated on AutCraft.

Click to visit the website AutCraft.

Learn more about this safe online environment by listing to Stuart Duncan’s talk

Nominations Please

South Wilts Mencap are looking for nominations for our two annual awards. These awards are a legacy of the late Betty Williams, who managed our charity shop for over 20 years.

AWARD 1 is for someone with a learning disability who made real progress in their personal ability or independence during the past year.

AWARD 2 is for an organisation that has “travelled that extra mile” to help people with learning disabilities to enjoy life more or develop their abilities.

Download the nomination form and return by email or post to our Secretary. Click here for more information about the South Wilts Mencap Awards and who was awarded them last year.

New Pan Disability Football

Salisbury City Council, working in partnership with Salisbury Rovers FC, are looking to start a PAN Disability football team within the Salisbury area.

We are currently on the look-out for players aged 12-16 who would be interested in joining such a team, whatever their ability or experience.

To register your interest, please call 01722 417100 and ask for Sean, or email Sean Saunders.

Click here to view the flyer.

 

Cinderella 7th March at St Michaels

Rehearsals are underway for this year’s pantomime, Cinderella, which will be performed on Wednesday 7 March at St Michaels Community Centre.

Admission £1.50 which includes refreshments
6.45pm-7.45pm
Wednesday 7 March 2018
96, St.Michael’s Road, Bemerton, Salisbury, SP2 9LE
Email Sue Bailey to book your tickets

Learning Disability Helpline

The Learning Disability Helpline is our free helpline service offering advice and support for people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.

Mencap advisors are available from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

You can get in touch by:

Alternatively, you can contact Mencap by completing this online form and they’ll get back to you as soon as they can.

Image: Mencap

Blue Badge Consultation Considering Hidden Disabilities

The government believes that the Blue Badge scheme should not discriminate in principle between physical and non-physical disabilities.

The current rules embrace all conditions, physical or otherwise, but it has become clear to us that the regulations and guidance are not clearly understood by local authorities. People with hidden disabilities may be finding it difficult to access badges, even though their condition causes them very significant difficulties when undertaking a journey.

The department has accordingly committed to look again at how the scheme works for people with hidden disabilities, to ensure that the rules and guidance are clear and that those with the greatest needs have access to a Blue Badge. This accords with the government’s manifesto commitment to give parity of esteem to mental and physical health conditions.

This consultation document discusses the key issues involved, and presents ideas for improving the rules. The challenge will be to ensure a scheme that is both sustainable and works for all who are eligible for it, whatever their disability.

Read more about the consultation here.

WPCC SENDIS Annual Event 2018

Bookings are now open for the WPCC annual SENDIS Information Event which takes place on Friday 2nd February 2018As in previous years, the event is taking place at the Corn Exchange in Devizes, SN10 1HS and will run from 10.00am to 2.00pm (9.30am registration and tea/coffee). Further details of the event are on the attached flyer and booking form. To book your place at the event now, simply click this link: SENDIS Event 2018

View the flyer here.

Short Breaks Scheme 2018/19 Applications Now Open

One of the ways that Wiltshire Council provides short breaks to children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disability is through the Short Breaks Scheme.

Designed in consultation with parents and carers, the scheme aims to meet the individual needs and interests of children and young people who require additional support to either access or engage in leisure activities or ‘short breaks’.

As per last year, applications for the scheme need to be made via the Wiltshire Council [online form].

On submitting your application you should get a submission page on screen confirming your application. Text on the submission screen will include the following message: “Late applications will not be accepted so you are advised to keep a copy of this page (print or save a copy) as a record of your application should you need to evidence that you applied before the deadline.”

If you experience difficulties, do not have access to the internet or you need some help to make an application, please contact WPCC on 01225 764647 and they will be happy to help you. Please leave a message with your name and telephone number on the answering machine, if you cannot get through.