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Stay up-to-date with the latest SEND developments, have your say in surveys, check out up-coming ways to provide feedback and see how parents, carers and young people with SEND have been participating in the co-production of Cornwall’s SEND Local Offer.

If you would like to contribute, contact localoffer@cornwall.gov.uk

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Latest News!

Sainsbury's trials new sunflower lanyard initiative to help customers with hidden disabilities

Sainsbury’s has announced the extension of a new trial to help enhance the shopping experience for customers with hidden disabilities. The initiative will offer shoppers the option to pick up a lanyard, which has been purposely designed to act as a discreet sign for store colleagues to recognise if they may need to provide a customer with additional support when in store. 

[19.06.19]


Our friends at Disability Cornwall & iOS have produced a special, one--off edition of their former magazine, 'DISCOVER', to celebrate 21 years of service. 

[12.06.19]


An opportunity for a young person aged 18 to 24 with an Autistic Spectrum Condition to have a 12 month supported internship at ITV! They must have an EHC Plan, to start in September.

If you know anyone who may be interested, contact Caron: Caron@lighthousefuturestrust.org.uk 

[10.06.19]


[04.06.19]


Blue Badge scheme extended from 30 August 2019

The Blue Badge scheme, which helps disabled people park closer to their destinations, will be extended to people with “hidden disabilities” - including people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions -  from 30 August 2019. [disability rights UK]

[28.5.19]



Last year the government announced its intention to expand the blue badge rules in England to make it easier for people with hidden disabilities such as autism to qualify. However, no date was provided for these new rules coming into force.

Now the government has published regulations confirming that these new rules will start to apply from the 30 August 2019.

Read more.

[13.05.19]


NEW Transition Event: Getting your child ready for school by the National Deaf Children's Society.

To find about this event, which is being held in Bodmin on Saturday 15 June at the Lanhydrock Hotel, you can follow the link below or contact Marcella Meehan on 0121 234 9832 or  by email on Marcella.meehan@ndcs.org.uk

[30.04.19]


Caudwell Children (Charity) allow families to apply for up to 80% towards the cost of a piece of equipment if there gross household income is less than £45,000, excluding benefits.

To apply ring 0345 300 1348 or email: charity@caudwellchildren.com

[15.04.19]


Have you seen the latest issue of Kids to Adultz magazine?

The second issue of the new Kidz to Adultz magazine is now online to read after being distributed at the Kidz to Adultz exhibition recently.

It’s packed full of useful and interesting articles including opportunities to win prizes such as personalised spokeguard covers and books. You’ll find:

  • A self-care guide for parent-carers
  • Low cost clothing adaptations that make a difference
  • A guide to moving & handling
  • Autism experiences that have resulted in an inspirational book
  • A remarkable account from a mother where she describes ‘Hurtling down an unmarked road’
  • ...and much more!

Why not take a look now. And if you have a story that you think should be in a future issue, why not get in touch.

Email magazine@disabledliving.co.uk

Read the latest issue HERE

[04.04.19]


Contact, the charity for families with disabled children, have developed the Helpful Guide for families with disabled children.

Packed with all the essential information the parent of a child with additional needs or a disability might need, the Helpful Guide is designed for all families with disabled children, but it’s particularly relevant for families early in their journey.

Contact also offer a helpline for parents and carers in any part of the UK with a disabled child aged from birth to 25.

[03.04.19]


Ambitious about Autism aims to get it ‘right from the start’ for children with autism

Ambitious about Autism - the national charity for children and young people with autism – has launched a major new project aimed at helping families with young children to navigate the autism diagnosis process.

As part of its research, Ambitious about Autism is keen to hear from families of young children with an autism diagnosis, or suspected diagnosis to understand their experience and identify the gaps in access to early years support.

You can complete the University of Warwick’s online survey here

[03.04.19]


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[29.03.19]


The beach at Trebah Garden is now accessible...

[29.03.19]


Seven new homes to support people with learning disabilities in St Austell...

[28.03.19]


Cornwall secures funding for new special free school: Cornwall Council’s bid to establish a new school for children with special educational needs has been successful. Find out more

[21.03.19]


Up & Coming Autism/Sensory-Friendly Events Cornwall:

National Maritime Museum Relaxed Session - Autism/Sensory Friendly
Saturday, 30 March 2019 from 16:00-18:00
The National Maritime Museum Cornwall is welcoming anyone who might benefit from visiting the museum at a quieter time. Explore our galleries in a calm and relaxed environment, we will ensure all our sound levels are reduced. There will be a quiet space available away…

Mother’s Day Quiet Hour @ LUSH Truro: Make your own Bath Bomb!
Sunday, 31 March 2019 from 10:30-12:30
Sshhhh - this mother’s day, why not pop in for a quiet spot of shopping, bath bomb making, bubble fun and much more, all without the usual hustle and bustle. Music off, zen on. This event is perfect for those with specific sensory needs or…01872 270469

Relaxed Session - Royal Cornwall Museum
Saturday the 6th April 2019 at 9:30 - 11:00
The Royal Cornwall museum are welcoming anyone who might benefit from visiting the museum earlier in the day: Spectrum ASD have helped us to develop an autism-friendly environment, with sensory backpacks, ear-defenders and an adapted trail with a separate chill-out room for those need to…

Relaxed Autism Sensory Friendly Sessions, Easter at Eden
Wednesday 10 April 08:00 - 09:30
A series of ‘relaxed sessions’ during the Easter holidays, designed to welcome visitors who may benefit from a more informal experience, such as those with autism and sensory or communication needs.These sessions take place before the Eden Project opens to the public (8-9.30am)

FREE Inclusivity Concert by Cornwall Youth Orchestra - Truro
Thursday 11th April at 13:00
Cornwall Youth Orchestra will present another free Inclusivity Concert on Thursday 11th April in Truro Cathedral at 1pm.  Presented specifically for people who would not normally have the opportunity to hear live orchestral music, the concert is tailored to be autism, dementia and special needs…

Relaxed Autism Sensory Friendly Sessions, Easter at Eden
Sunday 14 April 08:00 - 09:30
A series of ‘relaxed sessions’ during the Easter holidays, designed to welcome visitors who may benefit from a more informal experience, such as those with autism and sensory or communication needs.These sessions take place before the Eden Project opens to the public (8-9.30am)

Relaxed Autism Sensory Friendly Sessions, Easter at Eden
Wednesday 17 April 08:00 - 09:30
A series of ‘relaxed sessions’ during the Easter holidays, designed to welcome visitors who may benefit from a more informal experience, such as those with autism and sensory or communication needs.These sessions take place before the Eden Project opens to the public (8-9.30am)

[19.03.19]


Have a concessionary bus pass?

You can travel at any time on Cornwall’s buses from 01 April!

The previous restrictions meant that the pass would involve a charge if used before 09:30, this has now been removed, allowing users of the pass to travel for free at all times of day.

Read more on the Cornwall Council website.

[18.03.19]


[08.03.19]


Take part in the Healthy Parent Carers programme.

"Do you live in or near Dawlish, Minehead, St Austell or Bideford? Have you heard about the Healthy Parent Carers programme? Do get in touch if you are interested on 01392 72296. It's FREE to take part."

[05.03.19]


Newquay is the first airport in the UK to be Makaton friendly! 

More than 70 staff working at Newquay Airport have been having lessons in the sign language Makaton to help disabled passengers.

Makaton is a form of communication that uses signing and symbols to support speech.

It is believed that Newquay is first Makaton-friendly airport in the UK.

The Makaton Charity, which promotes the language, said it hoped other airports would follow Newquay's lead.

From the BBC Website

[05/03/2019]

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