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Volunteers needed for a research project

Experiences of parents and carers of children with learning disability or autism of their child settling into primary special needs school. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.

Name of Researcher: Lucia Chorvathova, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Plymouth University

Are you a parent or a carer of a child who has:

  • A diagnosis of learning disability or autism
  • Is between 6 and 16 years old
  • Is attending a primary special needs school or attended a primary special needs school

I would like to hear from you about your experience of your child starting primary special needs school and the impact this experience has had on you and your family. If you are interested in taking part in this study, please contact me on the details below and we will arrange for an initial discussion about the project.

Researcher: Lucia Chorvathova, Trainee Clinical Psychologist
Plymouth University, Faculty of Health and Human Science,
Telephone: 07919 301 518

For any concerns or complaints about the research, please contact the main research supervisor: Dr Cordet Smart Plymouth University,
Telephone: 01752 586661


Cornwall's Special Educational Needs and Disability Update is out for Spring 2019.

Check it out here:



Winter update focussed on Cornwall’s approaches to diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD):

Neuro Developmental Pathways / Winter 2019

Newly updated guide for those who home educate:

Information for Elective Home Educators Booklet 2018/19


disAbility Cornwall & IoS want to hear YOUR stories!

We are producing a special 21st anniversary edition of ‘Discover’, our former lifestyle magazine. If you are someone who has a great story to tell, want to advertise a business, or tell our readers about a service, an event or activity and you want it shared across Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly then please get in touch now. You can contact us via Facebook, Twitter or email

We look forward to hearing from you


On 9 February, 12:30-3:30pm, Cornwall Airport Newquay is holding a familiarisation tour and would like to invite members of the disabled community.

If you are interested in attending please contact Cornwall Airport Newquay


Are you a parent carer in St Austell or surrounding area?

Would you like to improve your health and wellbeing?
Come along to a drop in session to find out about free NHS and National Lottery Community funded 'Healthy Parent Carers Programme'.

Wednesday 13 February 2019 
10:00 - 11:00
Children's Hospice South West 
Porthpean Road, Saint Austell 
PL26 6AZ

Tea and cake provided!

Sign up by clicking on the link below


Helping 3,000 Unemployed Young People in Cornwall

CSW Group have been awarded funding from the European Social Fund to lead a group of partners to support over 3,000 economically inactive and unemployed 15 – 24 year olds in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to receive an enhanced level of support.

This new project has been named Ambitions. Ambitions will enhance existing careers services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This could include supporting employers to offer a wider range of opportunities to people with special educational needs and disability, support for young people in vulnerable groups or helping young people build resilience.


Equality Act information – new guidance for families  about the support they can expect schools to provide

Based on feedback from the 2018 SEND surveys we have written some new information for families about supporting pupils with a disability in schools, you can find out more about it here


Cornwall set to have more autism friendly leisure centres

Leisure centres in Cornwall can now assess whether they are autism friendly and how they can improve to receive an autism friendly status.


Researchers at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent are designing a screening tool for autism, which focuses on earlier identification of autism in women and girls.

What is the project about?

This study relates to the use of a female specific screening tool, and whether this will help to identify autistic women and girls. Currently we know:

• Males are more likely to be diagnosed as autistic than females
• Females are often diagnosed later, either during adolescence or adulthood.
• Autistic women say that their lives would have been improved if they had been diagnosed sooner.

We have developed a screening tool called the FASST (Female Autism Spectrum Screening Tool) and we want autistic people, carers and professionals to help us identify whether the screening tool is asking the right questions to help identify if a woman or girl might be autistic, thus supporting earlier identification of autism.

If you think you would be interested in taking part in the study, or simply want to find out more, please contact Lizzie Gale ( who will be happy to talk to you and provide you with more information about the research.


Have you made a short film to enter into Oska Bright's festival?

They want short films made by, or featuring people with a learning disability, autism or additional needs – whether including animation, a documentary, drama, experimental, music or artist film.

Oska Bright, the world's leading learning disability film festival is open for submissions to its 2019 Festival, taking place in Brighton on 23 - 26th October. It is looking for exciting and bold films by, or featuring in lead roles, people with learning disabilities, autism or additional needs.

The deadline to submit your film is 30 March. To enter your film and find out more visit:




New accessible dance studio opening in Scorrier!


"Come and check out our brand new beautiful, purpose created huge accessible dance studio! Open all day from Midday Friday 4th Jan, Check out the studio, listen to some tunes, have a Bounce, Memberships, Deals, Raffle, Buffet, and Clubbercise Party Launch Class @ 7:30pm! (Bookings only)"

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