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Ace Anglia are looking for two people to join its board of trustees

About Ace Anglia “Ace is an influential, people led, advocacy charity that supports and promotes inclusivity for people with a learning disability.” “We are particularly keen to recruit members of the local community in Suffolk who have the following skills, however this is not essential. Experience of caring for a person with a disability / autism / mental health Expertise in General Data Protection Regulation Special Educational Needs and Disability code of practice 0-25 years Accounts or financial experience Writing…

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Climbing the Rainbow

A message from Melanie: “Hi I’m Melanie, mother of two lovely children, one of which is wonderfully autistic. I am the creator behind the blog Climbing the Rainbow.” “The blog is about my autistic son Harry and our journey, as well as providing support & help by providing free visual aids & craft ideas.” “When Covid-19 struck it highlighted to me the lack of support for individuals with additional needs, so it’s then when I started creating free visual aids…

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Genesis garden furniture workshop

A message from Genesis Mencap: “We have capacity to support some new service users in our Genesis Garden Furniture workshop, which provides work experience and care for adults and young people with disabilities.” “The workshop is located at our site on Wright Road, Ipswich, and provides support Monday to Friday 9-4.” “We take the guys from 14 year old onwards, and we find it really helps individuals who need some routine and structure in their day to day activities.” For…

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A Relaxed Christmas Performance

This Christmas, Britten Pears Arts are hosting a relaxed performance of The Maple Tree by City of London Sinfonia. This relaxed performance is designed to enable all people to enjoy it, especially those who might find usual concert conditions more challenging. You will be able to walk in and out of the performance space freely, and there will be reduced lights and sound, a relaxed attitude to noise, and a designated “chill out” area for those who wish to take…

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National strategy for autistic children, young people and adults: 2021 to 2026

The government’s national strategy for improving the lives of autistic people and their families and carers in England, and implementation plan for 2021 to 2022.

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LGBTQ+ An easy read guide

As part of the Leeds LGBTQ+ Health Inclusion Project, CHANGE produced an easy-read guide to being LGBTQ+ and what it means. Its aim was to help LGBTQ+ people who are also autistic, have a learning disability or mental health difficulties be involved in the health services they use. The Project was funded by a grant from the Government Equalities Office. It was run by Advonet, CHANGE and Yorkshire MESMAC. You can download a free PDF copy by clicking on the link below:

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The treatment of autistic people and people with learning disabilities: a report from the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee

Information below extracted from the summary of the full report: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/6669/documents/71689/default/ – some sentences shortened/simplified. The poor treatment of autistic people and people with learning disabilities has been a problem for the NHS and care system for a long time. An example of poor care and abuse was exposed by reports and investigations into the Winterbourne View hospital which took place in 2011. The fact that these issues have not been resolved 10 years later is a scandal in its…

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Digital health and care – A project from Healthwatch Suffolk

A summary of findings from Healthwatch Suffolk project about digital health and care: This project – In brief Throughout the year 2020/21, people shared their experiences of using digital NHS and social care services with us. The aim has been to: Develop the best possible understanding about people’s experiences of using health and care services, including things that might have prevented them from accessing digital care (digital exclusion). To gather people’s thoughts on how things need to be different in…

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With Disabilities ‘Rarely’ Seen, Netflix Commits $100 Million Toward Inclusion

Netflix is pledging to do more after a report finds that representation of people with disabilities and other groups is lacking in its original films and television shows. The report released late last week was conducted by Stacy Smith at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Smith and her team reviewed 126 films and 180 series released in 2018 and 2019 to measure representation by gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQ+ and disability. While the study gave Netflix good marks…

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We Belong

In the autumn of 2020, Disability Rights UK launched a new campaign – We Belong. “From September to November, we gathered the opinions of disabled people fromacross the country, young and old, from all kinds of backgrounds.We sought comment through our newsletters, social media, email and phone, andvirtual meetings. We ran Zoom meetings on transport, employment, the builtenvironment, housing, participation, services and retail.We held discussions with groups of disabled people experiencing multiple forms ofdiscrimination including people from BAME backgrounds, women,…

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Communication tips for health and social care professionals

COVID-19 poses unique challenges for communication as many of those with hearing loss rely on visual cues, such as lipreading and facial expression. Action on hearing loss have created guidance to support people to communicate effectively. You can download the guidance by clicking the blue download button below.

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Learning disability, race, and challenging prejudice: an event hosted by Cardiff People First

Learn from, and explore the experiences of, people who have a learning disability and come from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background About this Event Women and men who have a learning disability are part of every community. Work alongside them to discover their experiences and their fights against discrimination. Explore how you can help make the changes in your community that will enable them to play a full part and be included. Learn from our ground-breaking projects that…

Learning disability, race, and challenging prejudice: an event hosted by Cardiff People First

Learn from, and explore the experiences of, people who have a learning disability and come from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background About this Event Women and men who have a learning disability are part of every community. Work alongside them to discover their experiences and their fights against discrimination. Explore how you can help make the changes in your community that will enable them to play a full part and be included. Learn from our ground-breaking projects that…

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Clinical trials: an easy-read guide

Ace Anglia, together with Thinklusive, West Suffolk Hospital & a local Patient Research Ambassador have co-produced an easy-read guide to clinical trials. Read more about the project This project is a collaboration between West Suffolk Hospital Clinical Research Practitioners, Thinklusive and ACE Anglia, an advocacy organisation for adults with learning disability or/and with autism. The project connected Clinical Research Practitioners as local researchers with adults with learning disability or/and autism to produce accessible information about health research. The project: Connected…

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Supporting Victims of Disability Hate Crime

An online event for people who have a disability, families and supporters: 15th October 2020 About this Event In Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020 we are pleased to launch a new resource from True Vision for families and supporters of people who have a disability. Panel Baroness Sheila Hollins Paul Giannasi (National Police Chiefs Council) Dr Mark Brookes MBE (Advocacy Lead, Dimensions) Joanna Perry (Independent Consultant and Research Fellow at the Institute for Crime and Justice Policy Research, Birkbeck College) Kate Chate…

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Pura, which has just launched its eco-friendly baby wipes, features a number of children with additional needs in its new ‘It’s time for a change’ campaign.

A company has become the first to use children with disabilities in a baby wipes TV advert. Pura, which has just launched its eco-friendly baby wipes, features a number of babies with disabilities or special needs in its new ‘It’s time for a change’ campaign – including little Lenny Rooney, two, from Liverpool, and Willow Welbourn, almost two, from Lincoln. The tiny toddlers, who both have Down’s syndrome, were picked to star in the campaign for plastic-free baby wipes and their…

Personalising digital tools for people with learning disabilities: challenges and solutions

Supporting individuals with learning disabilities to access the care for their needs comes with a number of challenges. But could we finally put the people using services at the heart of planning and delivery with the use of technology? Join us for this free online event on 8 October to discuss concrete examples of innovative digital solutions and to consider how technology can help with personalising care for people with learning disabilities. At this event, we will hear from clinicians, service users,…

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The campaign for more Changing Places toilets has been given a big boost with two exciting developments from the Government

This Changing Places Awareness Day 2020 we are delighted to announce that changes will be made to legislation to make Changing Places toilets mandatory in new, large public buildings in England. On top of that, more funding will be made available to install Changing Places toilets at 37 motorway services stations. What does this mean? A major change to guidance for building rules in England will require thousands of large and well equipped accessible toilet facilities to be designed and…

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Translations of the NHS COVID-19 campaign materials

The NHS communications team have translated the ‘Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives‘ slogan and Coronavirus campaign resources into different languages. These may be useful to you or people you support. To download the resources, click the links below: https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/Trifetica-Lockup/resources/Trifecta-Lockup/ https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/stay-home-save-lives/resources/translations/

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Hate has no home here.

Ipswich made the national news for all the wrong reasons this week. Together, https://suffolkleagueofangrywomen.com/ & Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality  have created a poster. If you’d like to show solidarity with people directly affected by this, love for your friends and neighbours – you can download one of the posters and display in your front window, your car – get it printed on a t-shirt if you want! There are 2 designs. Both print at A4 size. Get your PDF downloads…

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Learning Disability Week 2019

Learning Disability Week 2019 will take place from 17 to 23 June and the theme will be sport and inclusion. A survey from Mencap found that 49% of people with learning disabilities wanted to spend more time outside. The survey also found 18% of people with learning disabilities felt lonely and cut off from others. Sport is a great way of getting out, having fun, and meeting people. Mencap has created a map showing where events will be taking place…

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Think piece #2: hidden disabilities

Today you saw me park my car in a disabled bay and walk over to catch my train to work. Today you shouted and swore at me through your own car window. Today you didn’t understand that not all disabilities are visible. Today you didn’t see the pain in my legs when I got out of my car, the drop in my blood pressure as I stood up, the determination it took to engage my wasting muscles. Today you didn’t…

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Online abuse and the experience of disabled people

The Petitions Committee has recently published its report “Online abuse and the experience of disabled people”, revealing the extreme level of abuse that disabled people receive online. You can read the easy-read version of the report by clicking here You can read the conclusions & recommendations by clicking here You can read the full report by clicking here Coverage of the report on T.V Victoria Derbyshire speaks to a woman who has faced online abuse and gave evidence to a parliamentary committee about…

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Think Piece: 1. What does good inclusion look like?

Please note that these are the thoughts and views of an individual working in Suffolk, and don’t necessarily convey the thoughts or views of the Suffolk Learning Disability Partnership as a whole. Names and identifying details have been changed / omitted to protect the privacy of individuals. I support a young man to go swimming once a week. I have often thought about the question: ‘what does good support look like?‘ For me, it goes without saying that you support…

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