A labour of love to create an accessible Algarve holiday centre

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One of the many challenges that parents and carers of children with disabilities and/or special educational needs face is finding suitable places to take a break and go on holiday. It can be very difficult to even plan a full … Keep Reading…

Banned from Prom, but my school refuser son’s new future beckons

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What happens now… A while back I wrote a piece about school refusal and gave some ideas that were hopefully helpful for other people experiencing a similar situation. Our story has moved on and as of this June 2015, my … Keep Reading…

Forget festivals, I prefer Disability exhibitions

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Tania: Today we’d like to introduce you to a new columnist, although followers of SEND blogs will already be familiar with her Premeditations blog. MrBoosMum, as she is known, has already written for us before  and we are delighted that she is … Keep Reading…

A very special Learning Disability Nurse asks: Who Do You See?

Helen Laverty is one of those women you thank your lucky stars to have in your life. She is a compassionate Learning Disability nurse, a dedicated professional lead in learning disability nursing at the University of Nottingham and facilitator of … Keep Reading…

It’s Learning Disability week, let’s talk about the negative people we meet in the LD world

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As you enter the Special Needs Jungle, you will come across many different types of people; the ones who will help, the ones who will hinder; the ones who make you smile, the ones who make you cry; the ones … Keep Reading…

A Right Not a Fight: why young people with learning difficulties are demonstrating for education equality

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We’ve recently featured some posts from Kathryn Rudd OBE, Principal of the National Star College and Chair of Natspec regarding the choices available for 16+ further education for young people with learning difficulties/disabilities. A year ago students with disabilities and learning … Keep Reading…

SNJ Giveaway: Making speech, language and communication a burning issue

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I am delighted to introduce today’s guest post (and giveaway) from Shona Crichton.  As a mum of a child with speech, language and communication needs, I love the work of The Communication Trust and Shona is a Professional Advisor for … Keep Reading…

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) – What actually changes now?

Pathological Demand Avoidance PDA

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) has long been recognised as being a condition related to autism. In fact, until recently, it was listed on the National Autistic Society (NAS) website as exactly that, an autism-related condition. However last month all that … Keep Reading…

Introducing the SNJ collaboration with patientINFORM

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Some exciting news today! You know when you’re looking online for information such as medical articles or research and you come up against one paywall after another? And it’s always the information that would be really useful to help you … Keep Reading…

4000 and counting: Did you have a satisfactory EHC plan issued last year?

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Last week, the Department for Education released its Statistical First Release – Statements and EHC Plans. This statistical first release (SFR) publishes data from the annual SEN2 data return, which is mandatory for local authorities to complete. The return is … Keep Reading…

Parents must advocate for each other to make the new SEND system work

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I was invited to speak at a conference last weekend called #RoadMapforLife at Swiss Cottage school, a special school in north London. Writing the presentation, I was reminded that even though we’re all busy with our lives and especially our … Keep Reading…