The Salisbury branch of the The National Autistic Society meet on the first Monday of every month at Tesco Community Space on Southampton Road from 7.30pm to 9pm.
If you care for someone with a learning disability, they can get extra support when visiting their doctor – all you or they have to do is ask for their name to be added to the GP learning disability register. You can help them do this by talking to their doctor’s surgery or use this template letter. Complete this letter and give it to the doctor during their next appointment.
Once on the register they can speak to their doctor about having a free Health Check every year. There are lots of reasons why they should have their Annual Health Check if their doctor says they can have one, including:
Make sure the doctor gives them a health action plan after the health check – this includes goals for them and the doctor to work towards together.
Another way you can ensure they are getting the very best healthcare is by supporting them to give their doctor consent for their information to be shared. With the individuals permission, or in some cases the carer or family members permission, the doctor can add additional information to the individuals Summary Care Record (SCR).
Everyone has a SCR – speak to the doctor about the individual giving consent for Additional Information (AI) to be stored, this can include details of their learning disability, any physical/sensory disability, communication needs, contact details of a carer or next of kin etc., allows all health professionals who care for them to know their latest needs and requirements.
At Mencap, they have worked with NHS England to produce some guides to help you, or the person you support, to access better healthcare.
Download a full guide here.
Download an easy read letter template here.
The complete guide for supporting bereavement and loss in special schools (& other SEND settings). This resource book is for teachers and other school staff and includes everything that a special school needs to manage bereavements sensitively and effectively.
Available as a paperback book and ebook.
A children’s story book about grief and bereavement. Joe, an 8-year-old boy, who attends a special school, tells the story of his school and what happens when one of his friends, Lucy, dies
Available as a hardback book and ebook, (perfect for displaying on a whiteboard).
Both books are published by Jessica Kingsley
You can purchase these books from:
A set of resources, (including social stories, flashcards etc.), designed to help children cope with the issues of death and support them with the grieving process.
You can buy this symbol pack from Widgit
If your school needs specific bereavement and loss training please contact: Backpocketteacher
All training is designed to meet the individual needs and requirements of the school/setting.
There are also various training days running across the South West.
Are you a parent or a relative of a disabled child? Share your story about what life is like for families with disabled children.
You can share your story:
Thousands of people have already signed up to the campaign and supported on social media. We need to build on this and tell as many stories as possible, improving understanding and awareness.
Click here to sign up (scroll down to the bottom of their webpage to fill out the form.)
The Diversability Card was created in response to the exclusion disabled shoppers face on a daily basis.
Research from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has shown disabled people find shopping the most difficult experience for accessibility, followed by going to the cinema, theatre and concerts.
Research by Scope has found a shocking three quarters (75%) of disabled people and their families have left a shop or business because of poor disability awareness or understanding.
In addition to this, disabled people and their families face many extra costs. From expensive equipment to higher energy bills, disabled people and their families pay over the odds for essentials. These costs add up to an average of £550 a month and the annual cost of bringing up a disabled child is three times greater than that of bringing up a non-disabled child.
Anyone who receives one of the following benefits will be eligible: