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How a Teenager's Viral Post Points to a Huge Hiring Opportunity At the beginning of March, Ryan Lowry, a 19-year-old in Leesburg, Virginia, posted a hand-written letter on LinkedIn with a simple message: Hire Me.
Autistic teens face 'barbaric' treatment, parents tell MPs Parents tell MPs their children were restrained unnecessarily and isolated from their families.
No such thing as "School Refusal" I have been thinking about the term "School Refusal" a lot this week. Harry Thompson also spoke about this term this in our support group a few weeks back and I’ve been thinking about it a lot since. Some of the children I work with are labelled as “School refusers” - but the more I think abou...
‘PDA is anxiety driven, not a discipline issue’ One mum shares her child's struggles with pathological demand avoidance (PDA) and how the family has learned to support him.
Collagen VI Myopathy & Immunology, organized by Catherine Mackinlay Collagen VI Myopathy:/Bethlem Myopathy and Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy… Catherine Mackinlay needs your support for Collagen VI Myopathy & Immunology
huffingtonpost.co.uk After catching heat for a problematic casting choice, Sia clapped back at several professional autistic actresses. Here's what that signals to the autistic community.
Positive Autism Support and Training
Arrived today and it’s great! Jodie and I will be chatting Lauren O’Grady the author on the 1st December- more information to follow soon x
huffingtonpost.co.uk What people like Osime Brown need is community support, not criminalisation and deportation, writes Emma Dalmayne.
huffingtonpost.co.uk The government pledged to cut the number of people in inpatient units, but the number jumped to 2,100 in August, new figures reveal.
huffingtonpost.co.uk It was only when our children were diagnosed that Kelly realised there might be a reason why he felt and acted the way he did too.
Positive Autism Support and Training
My lovely friend Dean Beadle is speaking along with some other fantastic speakers at this event about supporting autistic children back to school. It looks brilliant!
KITE Therapeutic Learning Services
It was lovely to get together with some of the KITE team for an end of year open air meet up. Thank you to all our KITE children and young people, their families and our brilliant team for such a good year.
The ACER team is conducting a survey about the experiences of families who have autistic children in education during the period of lockdown due to the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic. This is a vital piece of research as many families are facing new struggles as a result of current events.
They are URGENTLY looking for responses from parents or caregivers who have an autistic child or young person (aged 25 or under) who currently attends a school or is in further/ higher education in the United Kingdom.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE share this as widely as you can with your networks - the survey is anonymous and takes around 20 minutes to complete: https://bham.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8kNqsuGhsUdzjGR
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KITE are offering a painting a Poem in Pixels: KS2 Discover Arts Award
Explore the world of online galleries and museums through creative writing – and achieve your Discover Level Arts Award in the process!
Through straightforward and enjoyable approaches to creative writing, you’ll be inspired by the global richness of artworks we can access online. Create a paint chart from a Mondrian and then from your home; pose for a selfie poem, inspired by Khalo; if you were an object in a still-life by Cézanne, which would you be – and what might you say? Decide what to put in the gallery of your life, give a tour of an imaginary exhibition – and make information signs for precious things you love (or icky things you loathe).
A series of online Zoom workshops and playful takeaway tasks for the week between, with poet and trained facilitator, Caleb Parkin – who holds an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes, with a specialism on writing in museum and gallery settings.
These online sessions offer a space for students to play, share, connect to each other and to artworks, affirm their sense of self – as well as developing research skills and empowering knowledge about visual art and museums. All while achieving a Discover Arts Award which can be the first step on their Arts Award journeys.
Arts Award: https://www.artsaward.org.uk/site/?id=64
Caleb’s Website: www.couldbethemoon.co.uk
We’ll work with Google’s resource: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner
Caleb Parkin is a poet, performer, tutor and facilitator, based in Bristol. He won second prize in the National Poetry Competition 2016, first in the Winchester Poetry Prize 2017, and has placed in various other competition shortlists. He has poems published in The Rialto, Poetry Review, Under the Radar, Butcher’s Dog, Coast to Coast to Coast, Strix, Magma, Envoi, Lighthouse and elsewhere. Commissions include: Poetry Society, Lyra Festival, Green Party, Knowle West Media Centre and The Hepworth Wakefield.
He tutors for Poetry Society, Poetry School and First Story and (usually) hosts groups in settings from schools, to museums, residential care homes, science centres and festival yurts. In 2019, he completed an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP) through Metanoia Institute, with a dissertation focused on CWTP in museum and gallery settings. Currently, he’s developing his first collection exploring queer ecopoetry, supported by Arts Council Developing Your Creative Practice.
Before turning fully to poetry, Caleb worked in BBC TV and Radio, production and as a teacher and Senior Inclusion Worker in schools and Pupil Referral Units. He is a professional member of Engage, NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education), Lapidus International: Words for Wellbeing, and a Fellow of the RSA (FRSA).
Key Stage 2 English Lessons for the Online School now LIVE and ready to book:
Good evening all!
Below is a list and description of all our up and coming webinars for the younger PDAers, online via zoom.
Monday 6th April
Laura Kerbey and Harry Thompson are looking forward to co-hosting these fun and informative webinars together for siblings. These webinars will give siblings of individuals with PDA a better understanding of the condition and the anxiety that drives it. We will discuss ways that siblings can support their brothers and sisters and talk about what to do when things get difficult. Most importantly we will be holding a Q&A where siblings can ask us anything they like on this topic.
08:00 - 09:00 Australasia https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/understanding-pda-for-siblings-australasia-tickets-101319539470
10:00 - 11:00 UK / Europe https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/understanding-pda-for-siblings-uk-europe-tickets-101320057018
18:00 - 19:00 USA / Canada https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/understanding-pda-for-siblings-usa-and-canada-tickets-101320590614
Saturday 11th April
Laura Kerbey and Harry Thompson are excited to offer these webinars on Understanding Your Anxiety which is suitable for ALL children Under 18 (Both neuro-diverse and neuro-typical.)
In these webinars Harry and Laura will talk about the function of anxiety, why it can sometimes be a good thing and what we can do when anxiety stops being helpful and starts to have a negative impact on us and our lives. We will discuss ways to help manage anxiety and attendees will have a chance to participate in a Q&A when they can ask Harry and Laura questions on this topic.
08:00 - 09:00 Australasia https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/understanding-your-anxiety-for-under-18s-australasia-tickets-101058518750
10:00 - 11:00 UK / Europe https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/understanding-your-anxiety-for-under-18s-uk-europe-tickets-101059325162
18:00 - 19:00 USA / Canada https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/understanding-your-anxiety-for-under-18s-usa-and-canada-tickets-101059786542
Each of the webinars contains the same content. So please book onto the one you feel has the best time and location to benefit you! Thank you
The SEND Parent's Handbook
HOT OFF THE PRESS - GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE HAS JUST BEEN PUBLISHED FOR LEAVING THE HOUSE FOR MEDICAL NEED
It specifically mentions both learning disability and autism
For more information here is the link. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do
theguardian.com Despite having much to offer, neurodiverse people can struggle to land a job. Some firms are now looking at new ways to tap into their talents
Autistic Not Weird
The first time I uploaded this, over 4.2 million people saw it thanks to 42,000 shares, making it *almost* the most widely seen picture in ANW's history.
Apparently people think it makes a good point, so here it is again. -Chris
I'm reposting this one, which has been popular, with an easier-to-read font
bbc.com A boy's experience of "school refusal" prompts others to tell their similar stories.
Teen activist Greta Thunberg on the "gift" of Asperger's in fighting climate change: "We need people who think outside the box" https://cbsn.ws/2A5he7t
bbc.com Many children in England with special educational needs are not getting the help they need, auditors warn.
huffingtonpost.co.uk The teen campaigner is targeted for her ‘disturbed’ bluntness, tone of voice and even her facial expressions. I know first-hand what that’s like, writes Ellen Jones
By far my favourite word for Autism 😌
bbc.com Only 40% of eligible students have heard of Disabled Students' Allowances which could help them through university
huffingtonpost.co.uk Campaigners have warned the delays are keeping adults and children from "life-changing" support.
bbc.com Four children with special educational needs explain why they no longer attend school.
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