Youtubers, assistive technology experts and professionals working with young people who have special educational needs and disabilities will gather for the UK’s first national festival dedicated to specialist learning. Young people have helped plan FestABLE’s diverse programme which includes all sorts from the chance to go in the country’s only wheelchair-accessible hot air balloon and play with eye-gaze controlled computer games, to sessions on speech and occupational therapy, Education, Health and Care plans, early autism intervention, SEND reform and removing the barriers to achievement.
A young woman from Sittingbourne who is living proof that having learning difficulties need not stand in the way of being independent, has written her own account of the progress Park Road has enabled her to make over the past year.
Meryem Kizigol, 34, said:
“When I came to Park Road at the start of March last year I was unable to do a lot of the basic stuff. I kept myself to myself - a very lonely life. I can now do all my own laundry myself, cook, go for daily walks, do house chores and even do my own food shopping. After a lot of support and encouragement I have been able to do this with no support from staff.”
A radio station set up by a DJ with learning difficulties are looking for disabled volunteers to present their shows – and are appealing for help to find a premises. No Barriers Radio is headed by station master Josh Hornsey – who is just 14 years old – and founder and chairman David Braysher, who has been DJing since 1978.
The members pre-record shows from their homes and transfer them via MP3 onto the website, nobarriersradio.com, where they can be listed to globally. Shows vary from 50s and 60s music to current pop and dance music. Anything goes and requests are welcome.
Purley Park Trust the charity based in Purley on Thames, near Reading which provides care services to over 80 people in the local community with learning disabilities, has recently starting using Engagement Multiplier to support its strategy of delivering an excellent standard of care to each of these individuals.
Engagement Multiplier is a digital platform and program, which helps care providers to measurably improve the levels of engagement of their staff. The platform provides senior leaders with valuable insight and clarity around where time, effort and resource should be focused in order to deliver measurable results.