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Five-year NHS autism research strategy for England

A five-year NHS autism research strategy, to facilitate the use of the best current evidence when making decisions about autism services provided by or paid for by the NHS in England. Introduction Autism is not a rare condition (about 1–2% of England’s population is autistic). Autism should not bar anyone from a happy, healthy and long life; yet relative to their non-autistic peers, autistic people frequently experience the following: • More mental ill-health. • Greater likelihood of poor physical health…

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Easy read practice ballot papers and voting guides from United Response

Download free easy-read practice ballot papers and voting guides for the local elections taking place on Thursday 5 May. Post shared by United Response There are some local and mayor elections taking place on Thursday 5 May 2022. These are for all London borough councils and all local authorities in Wales and Scotland. Click here to find out what elections are happening in your area “We believe voting and elections should be accessible to everyone.” “That’s why we worked with the Electoral Commission…

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Pip Climbs Her Mountain

One of the big challenges facing organisations putting on para events is deciding how to categorise the endless variety of disabilities to maximise access and fairness for all. It’s a difficult task. Story and video shared by Dimensions The decision went against rock climber Pip Rowlands, when ‘learning disabilities’ was removed as a para-climbing category in 2018, forcing her to compete in open events. One response could have been to complain, or drop out. But Pip – who has severe…

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Acquired brain injury call for evidence (easy read)

Summary The government is making a new plan for acquired brain injury (ABI). They want to know your thoughts and ideas about what should be in the plan. This consultation closes at:11:45pm on 6 June 2022 Consultation description You can tell us your thoughts and ideas if you are aged 16 or over and are from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Click on the ‘Respond online’ link in the box below to tell us what you think about the…

pages of the local election ballot paper easy read guide

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Easy read practice ballot papers and voting guides

Download free easy-read practice ballot papers and voting guides for the local elections taking place on Thursday 5 May. Post shared by United Response There are some local and mayor elections taking place on Thursday 5 May 2022. These are for all London borough councils and all local authorities in Wales and Scotland. Click here to find out what elections are happening in your area “We believe voting and elections should be accessible to everyone.” “That’s why we worked with the Electoral…

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Is the Children and Families Act 2014 fit for purpose?

The Select Committee on the Children and Families Act 2014 launches its inquiry into the Children and Families Act 2014 and is inviting written evidence contributions. Chair’s comments The Chair of the Committee, Baroness Tyler of Enfield, said: “The Children and Families Act 2014 has a significant impact on the lives of a great number of children and families. It affects the education and care children and young people receive, it can determine how family separation takes place, how those in care…

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Review of the NHS Accessible Information Standard

Urgent priorities for change, informed by patients’ livedexperience and NHS professionals. In late 2021, a coalition of charities surveyed NHS and social care professionals in England, as well as disabled people who have accessible information and communication needs, about the NHS Accessible Information Standard. More than 900 people gave responses. We have added an easy-read version of the review below. Here are some key facts from the findings: After five years of the Accessible Information Standard, only 11 percent of…

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Grants and benefits to help you pay your energy bills

You can get help if you’re struggling to afford your energy bills or top up your prepayment meter. You might be able to get benefits, grants and help offered by the government and energy suppliers. Citizen’s Advice have written some helpful information about the help and support available. Warm Home Discount Scheme You might be able to get £140 off your electricity bill or a £140 voucher for your prepayment meter. You can get this under the Warm Home Discount…

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Government teams with charity Scope on Disabled Persons Passenger Charter

New charter to boost consumer confidence and provide an online one-stop shop on passenger rights and complaints procedures for disabled people. charter to help all passengers travel with confidence as we build back fairer a one-stop shop of advice for disabled passengers travelling by road and rail updated expert guidance on tactile paving and inclusive mobility also launched The government has joined with disability charity Scope to develop a new Disabled Persons Passenger Charter for bus, coach, taxi, private hire…

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Prescription Prepayment Certificates

A Prescription Prepayment Certificates (sometimes called a PPC) lets you get as many NHS prescriptions as you need for a set price. If you regularly pay prescription charges, a PPC could save you money. The prescription charge in England is £9.35 per item. A PPC costs: £30.25 for 3 months £108.10 for 12 months The quickest way to buy a PPC is to buy it online. Click here to buy a Prescription Prepayment Certificate: https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/buy-prescription-prepayment-certificate/start Get a digital PPC You can…

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Be part of the Social Work England National Advisory Forum

Social Work England is currently recruiting for the National Advisory Forum for people with lived experience of social work and also for social workers. Social Work England is particularly keen for applications locally as there is currently no representation from the Eastern Region. The window for applications is now open.  Online drop ins for applicants: Thursday 11th November 12-1  The deadline for applications is midday on the 15th November The recruitment day is Wednesday 24th, with interviews on Thursday 25th November.…

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Kickstart Scheme 2021

Are you a disability confident business? Kickstart are creating great opportunities for employers and young people. The kickstart scheme is to fund hundreds of job placements for young people. By signing up to Kickstart you can have young people aged 16-24 working for you for six months, funded by the Government. Your business will benefit from taking on these young people full of energy, ideas and digital know-how. Young disabled people who are on Kickstart can apply for Access to…

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NHS pharmacies in England to offer over-40s heart check-ups

Blood pressure health checks will be available from October at all NHS high street pharmacies in England High street pharmacies are to start offering heart health check-ups in a move that could save thousands of lives every year. From October, every NHS pharmacy in England will be able to provide blood pressure checks to people aged 40 and over. According to NHS estimates, 3,700 strokes and 2,500 heart attacks could be prevented as a result of the tests and about 2,000 lives…

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2021 Census

What is the census? The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. The next census takes place on Sunday 21 March 2021. Your answers to the census questions will help organisations make decisions on planning and funding public services in your area, including transport, education and healthcare. When to complete your census Every household should complete the census on Sunday 21 March 2021 or as…

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Find your NHS number

A new service is now live to help find your NHS number. This service is for anyone living in England who has forgotten or does not know their NHS number. You can also use this service on behalf of someone else where the name, date of birth and registered home postcode is known. You can opt for the number to be sent to you by text, email or letter. Your NHS number is a 10 digit number, like 485 777 3456. It…

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