Dyscalculia & Other Ds: SpLD Central, Thursday June 29th 2017

DYSCALCULIA AND OTHER Ds: SpLD Central, Thursday June 29th 2017

On 29th June 2017 Crossbow Education host the third SpLD Central conference and exhibition, at Yarnfield Park in Staffordshire, UK. The keynote speaker this year is Prof Steve Chinn, who will be presenting the two morning sessions on dyscalculia and maths learning difficulties. Prof. Chinn has lectured and provided INSETs and CPD in some 30 countries worldwide and has been a keynote speaker at many major conferences. He set up the first Post Graduate Certificate course in the UK for maths and dyslexia which was accredited by the BDA for the AMBDA (Numeracy). The course was validated by MMU (4 Masters modules at M level) and was delivered for 4 years under Mark College’s Beacon School funding.

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Make Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia Testing Free on the NHS.

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An important step has been taken by British citizens who started a petition aiming to make dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia testing free on the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK.

Today a cost of such test costs around £500, which is not affordable for many British families. While schools may help with the costs of a test if they believe one is necessary, they are not obliged to do so. Therefore many young British children are not diagnosed at a young age, leading them to have difficulties while learning, feeling discouraged and in some cases being bullied by their classmates.

Diagnosing learning disabilities at an early age needs to be a national goal and would help many children and avoid mental health issues in the future.

If you are eligible, please don’t to forget to sign the petition here.

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Upcoming Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and EdTech Conferences 2017

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Looking to connect with other dyslexia and dyscalculia therapists, educators, psychologists? Or wanting to exchange experiences with other parents of children with learning disabilities? There are a number of conferences coming up in 2017 focused on dyslexia and dyscalculia. Have a look at the list below!

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Upcoming Dyslexia and Dyscalculia Conferences 2016

Upcoming conferences on dyslexia and dyscalculia

Conferences provide a way to connect with other learning differences professionals or with fellow parents of children with dyslexia or dyscalculia.

Looking to connect with other dyslexia and dyscalculia therapists, educators, psychologists? Or wanting to exchange experiences with other parents of children with learning disabilities? There are a number of conferences coming up in 2016 focused on dyslexia and dyscalculia. For more information have a look at the list below.

The Dyslexia Guild Annual Summer Conference: 29/30 June

Coming up soon in Hertfordshire in the U.K.: the annual summer conference organized by Dyslexia Action. Intended for educators, the conference aims to introduce the most recent research on language development and to provide information on specialist topics such as assistive technology.

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Guest Post: The Disability Co-operative Network

Our guest post this week is written by Becki Morris, who “works in and loves museums” and is passionate about “museum access for people with neurodiversity, including dyslexia and dyspraxia”. Discover the Disability Co-operative Network and their work in making museums more accessible to people with disabilities.

glass bridgeThe Disability Co-operative Network was launched on 15 September 2015 at the Royal College of Physicians for the heritage and cultural sector. The network’s aim is to share information, knowledge, and case studies, and to develop ideas.

The network also brings museums and the cultural sector into consultation with commercial and charity sectors and disabled people. Our over-arching goal: to develop change within the heritage and cultural sector for diversity in the workplace and access to museums for a wider audience.

This is achieved by a website for people to share their projects and experiences, creating a free digital resource to break down barriers. The DCN Twitter account keeps people up to date with the latest news, information, and website updates.  We are planning a blog as part of the site for disabled people to share their experiences of cultural venues.

We are currently collecting more case studies, links and further information including terminology to raise confidence, challenge preconceptions, and break down barriers. We are also developing working relationships with groups, charities and businesses in relation to how they develop networks and support for employers and employees within their businesses. This includes how they identify and challenge barriers to supporting talent in their workplace.

Our aim is to keep the network as accessible as possible without a membership fee so that finances do not become a barrier to participate.

For further information please contact the steering group at info@musedcn.org.uk or visit the Disability Co-operative Network website.

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Get Involved, Make a Difference

Last week we featured 18 year old Robert Lawrence and his fund-raising run for dyslexia. This got us thinking that some ddd readers interested in volunteering for dyslexics might like to be pointed towards a few possibilities.

Reach out: volunteer to help people with dyslexia.

Reach out: volunteer to help people with dyslexia.

If you are a parent of a dyslexic and based in the United States, the first website you might want to stop off at is DecodingDyslexia.net. This is the mother site of the organisation and introduces you to a grassroots movement pushing for more educational intervention in the public school system. Led by parents, the movement is represented in all fifty states and each state has either an own website or social media presence or both. Contact the representative in your state to find out how to get involved.

For readers in the U.K., check out the British Dyslexia Association or DyslexiaScotland.org.uk. Here you can find information on everything from manning hotlines, fundraising, or as an employer how to make your office dyslexic-friendly.

Based in the Pacific region of the U.S.? Headstrong Nation is looking for a volunteer social media contributor to help manage the organisation´s Facebook page. If you have killer writing skills, a flair for social media, and a passion for raising awareness of dyslexia then get in touch via the non-profit´s website.

For college and high school students who themselves have dyslexia or another learning disability, have a look at the Eye to Eye mentoring program. This organisation matches mentors with young students in an art program, designed to provide mentees with both role models and a means of self-expression. To participate you do need to be enrolled at a school with a chapter of the program (full list available here) but should that not be the case and you are sufficiently determined then you can talk with Eye to Eye about opening a chapter at your school.

These are a few of our suggestions but you can come up with your own ways to help, just like Robert did with running. Open up your heart, your mind, and your time, and you can make a difference.

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