SEND Essentials – useful information for sharing

SEND Essentials – useful information for sharing

Please see some useful Fridge Magnets provided and approved to share this vital information by SEND Essentials.

These were created from snippets from their EHCP workshop resources, bits of SEND law and code gifted all together in one place for sharing. 

Click here for more information about SEND Essentials.

You can download each of these by clicking on the images below.

With credit to Lisa Thomas at SEND essentials

Anna Kennedy selected as one of “The Big Issue” Top 100 Changemakers!

Anna Kennedy selected as one of “The Big Issue” Top 100 Changemakers!

“The Big Issue top 100 Changemakers. They are the thinkers, creators and agitators changing the world in 2019.

Every week in The Big Issue we shine a light on fascinating and inspirational people who are changing the world for the better on our Changemakers page. 

It has become clear that given the volume of these thinkers, creators and agitators, people who are not sitting by but who are grabbing challenges and trying to deal with them, we needed more space.

We decided to devote an entire edition to Changemakers. We’ve selected 100 Changemakers who we believe will change things in 2019. There are campaigners and campaigns, people working in tech and in business, in music and the arts, in literacy, sport and in charities and social policy. Our list is made up a lot of the people who you wouldn’t normally hear about, plus a number who you do.

Across art, tech, literacy, journalism, housing and more, this special edition runs down our top 100 changemakers in 2019. We hope you are inspired.

When we redesigned The Big Issue last year, one of the key new elements introduced was the Changemakers page.

It is a place to shine a light on fascinating and inspirational people who are changing the world for the better, though they’re frequently under the radar. 

It has become clear that given the volume of these thinkers, creators and agitators, people who are not sitting by but who are grabbing challenges and trying to deal with them, we needed more space.

We decided to devote an entire edition to Changemakers. We’ve selected 100 Changemakers who we believe will change things in 2019.

There are campaigners and campaigns, people working in tech and in business, in music and the arts, in literacy, sport and in charities and social policy.

Our list is made up a lot of the people who you wouldn’t normally hear about, plus a number who you do.Our criteria are simple: this is about investment in a better future for all.”

Source: https://www.bigissue.com/latest/changemakers-top-100-celebrating-the-thinkers-creators-and-agitators/

Meeting the Social Care Needs of Adults

Meeting the Social Care Needs of Adults

If an adult is to receive a service from a local authority, they must have come to the attention of the local authority and an assessment (called a needs assessment) will need to have taken place and social services will have concluded that they qualify to have their care and support needs met by them.  

To help ensure that the needs assessment takes place, the best thing for the person needing services or someone acting on their behalf if they dont have capacity to write to the Local Authority requesting the needs assessment.

Useful resources which will help provide template letters and useful explanatory background can be found at Irwin Mitchell Solicitors: https://www.irwinmitchell.com/personal/protecting-your-rights/factsheets-and-template-letters

Click here for the sample letter

 

Guesting at ‘All About Autism’ at Women’s Radio Station

Guesting at ‘All About Autism’ at Women’s Radio Station

It’s not often that you get asked to do an interview about all the things that you love and are passionate about. So to be asked by Anna Kennedy OBE to be her first guest on her Women’s Radio Station (WRS) live programme, it was a great honour.

It was so lovely to go down to the recording studios of WRS just off Covent Garden to do the show. I can’t believe how nervous I was. It was all fine until we sat down and put on our headphones, then I knew it was all real. But Anna has a lovely way of keeping you calm and engaged. In the end, we just didn’t have enough time to talk about all the things that we wanted to talk about, but we did manage to get in some of the most important things that we’re working on.

Anna Kennedy has a lovely way of keeping you calm and engaged.

In particular, the AKO Autism Expo which will be held at Brunel University on 23rd March. We briefly spoke about the speakers which include Alessandra Bester, Joanna Gibbs, Paul Goodwin, Siena Castellon, Matty Street and Andrea Leighton.

We also have the very popular autism experience bus attending again this year. Something not to be missed, I love talking to people before and after they try the bus; it’s quite a profound experience and for many life-changing. We both agreed that this is something that should be compulsory for parents/carers and everyone who works with people with any sort of sensory processing disorder including autism. Tickets are £10 and available from our website

It was so lovely to go down to the recording studios of WRS just off Covent Garden to do the show.

We were also very excited to briefly touch on our flagship event which is Autism’s Got Talent. We have had so many entries and it’s exciting to see how many people want to show the world how amazing they are.

We are so proud of all the people that have ever entered or taken part in the event it’s a real tear jerker for us every year, but we are immensely proud. I don’t envy Anna and Lisa the job of selecting acts for this year’s show.

I also managed to briefly talk about two other passions in my life and they are The Fragile X Society and Ollie and his superpowers.   

My 16-year-old son has a dual diagnosis of autism and fragile X. Fragile x is one of the most commonly known disorders for learning disabilities. It’s a genetic disorder which can be identified via a blood test. I made the point of how important it is to get a diagnosis so that your child has the best start in life particularly with regards to learning styles and education. If you would like to learn more about the fragile X Society, please go to their website.

Another most important aspect of my life is Ollie and his Super Powers. I have been totally blown away by its founder and creator Alison Knowles. I have learned and laughed so much with Ali and her team.

Anna Kennedy OBE is the host of ‘All Things Autism’.

Our aim is to get as many people trained to become Ollie coaches as possible so that we can provide early intervention to children within a school setting or a private practice with any mental health issues. We want to equip children with a toolkit of strategies to deal with everything that life throws at them take these skills with them throughout their lives into adulthood.

We have had the most tremendous feedback from everyone that has either heard Ali speak or attended one of our training sessions in London and now also in Manchester. 

Thank you again, Anna and the Women’s Radio Station for such a fabulous show talking about ‘All things Autism’ – I’m definitely tuning in every week.

Source: https://www.psychreg.org/womens-radio-station/

You are all invited to take part in Autism Dance Day 2019

You are all invited to take part in Autism Dance Day 2019

Autism Dance Day is now in its seventh year and as always Anna Kennedy OBE and her team will be using the day to raise awareness for autism around the UK, the event is celebrated on social media today and through the weekend of 26th April 2019.

Industry experts have long agreed that dance helps children with an autism spectrum condition develop better, and it can also help them connect more with others. So we thought we would take one step further and ask you to join in a nationwide dance festival to raise funds for Autism. It’s easy to organise – someone brings the music and the invitees provide the moves- and if we all get behind the occasion we think it will really capture the imagination of children with Autism, their parents, carers, friends and family, as well as local press and communities.

Anyone can join in whether they are touched by autism or would simply like to have fun and raise money for this great cause – we would also like to share the fun by inviting you to upload pictures or video images, from your phone , of your event onto Facebook where we have organised a special Step in the Right Direction page: https://www.facebook.com/Step-in-the-right-Direction-279466905419220/

Its a great way of publicising our cause and showing off your event to your family, friends and the nation. Anna encourages families to get involved saying: “Soooo strike a pose whether it be in your office, warehouse, school , college , lounge at home wherever the mood takes you and post your photos on Facebook, tag me on Twitter @Annakennedy1 #autismdanceday”

Click here to take a look at what happened during Autism Dance Day in previous years.