Communication Matters - Support for lobbying efforts
Communication Matters is undertaking some lobbying activities to maximise the impact of the latest report from the Communication Champion, Jean Gross. In particular they wish to make the point that:
- There is currently significant variability in provision of AAC equipment and access to specialist AAC services in the UK.
- The Communication Champion's report found that given the under-provision of local and regional AAC services, in relation to the estimated size of the population who require AAC services, and the need to build capacity within the sector, the NHS Commissioning Board should commission specialised regional AAC ‘hub’ services.
Communication Matters would very much welcome your personal support with their lobbying activities, whether you use a communication aid, or are a family member, professional, or supplier of AAC equipment or services. Here are a couple of ways you can help:
Contact a Family - Counting the Costs survey
Contact a Family is calling on parents and other family members caring for a disabled child to take part in our important research about the financial situation for families with disabled children in 2012.
Counting the Costs 2012 is a repeat of a survey and report we carried out in 2008 and 2010. Your collective responses will give a snapshot of families’ current financial situation and whether it has improved or worsened over the last four years.
The findings and report will help us to raise awareness and lobby for change particularly around some of the detail that is yet to be finalised in the welfare reforms. Please help to build that picture by completing the survey which should not take more than 15 minutes. The deadline is 11th March 2012. Thank you.
If you would like a hard copy of the survey or need help to complete the survey please ring Contact a Family on 020 7608 8700.
KIDS - Sale on their resources
All KIDS resources are aimed at ensuring you are fully equipped to include disabled children and young people in your setting, service, group, play or leisure provision, day to day practice – anywhere!
The available stock is as follows:
Including Everybody – an invaluable resource on how to ensure disabled children are considered in every aspect of planning and delivering your service or setting.
Was £10.00 - NOW £5.00 (postage charges apply)
Inclusion by Design - a guide to creating accessible play and childcare environments - packed with stunning photos demonstrating good practice in inclusive design, this publication is aimed at planners, designers, parks and leisure officers as well as early years, play and childcare providers who want to ensure the design of their play space is accessible, welcoming and inclusive.
Was £20.00 – NOW £8.00 (postage charges apply)
Nothing Special – ‘Inclusion, does it only exist in policies?’
A young person-led review of policies relating to them and how they can be more inclusive. Excellent practical introduction to the impact of policies on young disabled people.
Was £5.00 – NOW FREE (minimum order of 5 copies; postage charges apply)
BEFORE YOU ORDER, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:
KIDS can only accept minimum orders of £10.00; therefore you need to buy at least 2 items.
Postage & Packing is £3 per individual item; bulk orders may attract a postage discount – prices on application.
This offer is time limited until Friday 2nd March 2012
To access this offer, email firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order
For further details on our publications visit www.kids.org.uk/books
NAPLIC - Conference and AGM 2012
This year’s NAPLIC conference, ‘Communication Supportive Environments: What makes the difference for children and young people with SLCN?’ will be held on Saturday 21 April 2012 in Birmingham.
NAPLIC's 2012 conference will feature keynote speakers Jean Gross (The Communication Champion), Marie Gascoigne (Director, Better Communication CIC), Members of the Better Communication Research Project Team, Geraldine Bates (Speech and Language Therapist for North Bristol NHS Trust) plus a number of practitioner presentations by staff from schools or settings from early years, primary and secondary phases who have transformed their own communication environments.
The conference will be of interest to teachers and SENCOs, Teaching Assistants, Speech and Language Therapists, Advisory Teachers for SLCN, Educational Psychologists and LA Advisors.
This will be a fantastic opportunity to hear about the latest best practice from across the sector and to keep the momentum of Hello going into 2012!
For more details, visit www.naplic.org.uk/news
National Deaf Children's Society - Vacancies
The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) currently have vacancies for 2 campaign assistants. The posts will be based in London and they are looking for creative, committed and enthusiastic campaigners to deliver their Save Services for Deaf Children campaign.
Please click here for more information.