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:-
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.
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.
Bookings are now open for the WPCC annual SENDIS Information Event which takes place on Friday 2nd February 2018. As 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
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.