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Discretionary Housing Payments

Marrianne Sherlock has supplied the following information on Discretionary Housing Payments. Read More »

Draft Provisions to Change SEN Law

On Monday September 3rd 2012 the Department of Education published the draft changes to legislation that the Government are proposing to introduce to SEN system.  Read More »

Government response to DLA reform consultation

The government have included this summary: The Coalition Government is committed to reforming Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to create a new benefit – Perso... Read More »

Response to 'Support and Aspiration"

A thorough response to the Green Paper from the Council for Disabled Children. Read More »

Short Breaks Services Statement 2012

This Short Breaks Services statement has been drafted using information from parents and carers, children, young people and professionals from social care, health, education and th... Read More »

Support and aspiration - Easy Read version

This Green Paper is about all the children and young people in this country who are disabled, or identified as having a special educational need. It is about their aspirations and... Read More »

Support and aspiration - Green paper on special educational needs and disability

This Green Paper is about all the children and young people in this country who are disabled, or identified as having a special educational need. It is about their aspirations and... Read More »

Working together to Safeguard Children

A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Read More »

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Parenting a Child with Asperger Syndrome: 200 Tips & Strategies
Lots of tips and strategies from the parent of a boy with Aspergers. Widely acclaimed by parents and professionals. Read More
Ealing Strategy for Children and Young People
The final version of the Ealing Strategy for Children and Young People with Disabilities and their Families (including those with complex care needs). 2011 - 2014. Read More
Understanding Motor Skills in Children with Dyspraxia, ADHD, Autism, and other Learning Disabilities.
'The book is user-friendly and includes clear diagrams in each section, along with tables to outline key points. I found these very useful and they are an easy reference/ reminder, for example, they include a normal development chart, what assessments are available and their main aims.' - Natio... Read More
Assessment of disabled people's life chances
The Strategy Unit was asked to provide supporting analysis and a strategic assessment of disabled people's life chances - the opportunities available to disabled people, both children and adults, to improve their quality of life. Read More
Video Nation
A collection of short films featuring people with varying disabilities and their carers. All sorts of emotions lurk within this page. Strange isn't it, you arrive at a web page and often you have no idea where you will end up emotionally. You can travel through hope via despair through grief to curi... Read More
Spellhorn
A blend of fantasy & reality in this moving story about a blind girl and a unicorn. Read More
Private and Confidential
Laura decides to learn Braille so she can correspond with her penpal Malcolm who is blind. This book shows children that having a disability should not be a barrier to friendship and that communicating in a different way can be rewarding and fun. Read More
Draft Provisions to Change SEN Law Draft Provisions to Change SEN Law
On Monday September 3rd 2012 the Department of Education published the draft changes to legislation that the Government are proposing to introduce to SEN system.  Read More
waving not drowning
A newsletter for parents of disabled children who work or want to work. Just e-mail Janet Mearns (Editor) on janet.mearns@workingfamilies.org.uk to receive a free newsletter. They also operate a free helpline on 020 7253 7243, e-forums, policy meetings and campaigns. Read More
Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
This fact sheet explains how this benefit works and who is eligible for it. Basically, EMA is for 16 to 19 year olds from lower income families in full time education, or on certain training courses, and funds some of their day to day expenses. Students are eligible for weekly payments, plus possibl... Read More