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Care and support for Adults with Learning Disabilities ACH is a leading provider of residential care homes in the South and East of England offering person-centred support for adults with learning disabilities.

For more than a decade we have provided high quality care and support to enable adults with conditions including: • Autistic spectrum disorders • Epilepsy • Multiple disabilities • Sensory impairments • People who exhibit behaviour that challenges social boundries

Talk to us today! ACH has twenty five homes in the UK that may be of interest to you or a member of your family: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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• Springfield House, Birchington, Kent • Winchester House, Minster-on-Sea, Kent • Woodbridge House, Gillingham, Kent • Rosebank Lodge, Mitcham, London • Ambleside Lodge, Redhill, Surrey • Beech Trees, Woking, Surrey • Combe House, Woking, Surrey • Whitehatch, Horley, Surrey • Coneyhurst Lodge, Worthing, West Sussex • Fleetwood House, Littlehampton, West Sussex • Harwich House, Littlehampton, West Sussex • Lambourne House, Selsey, West Sussex

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Calvert Trust Exmoor’s personal development breaks build self-confidence and self-esteem, offering all ages the chance to overcome challenges, gain a sense of achievement and have a lot of fun doing it! They also offer ‘I CAN do it’ life skills training for 16-25 year olds: an exciting mix of outdoor activities and basic life skills designed to help with the transition process.

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Welcome from the Editor Welcome to the May issue of Progress. As we all hope (or should I say wish) for a long, lovely summer, we here at Progress have put together some ideas for spending those summer days. The summer fun feature on page 22 is a great starting point for planning your summer and don’t forget to check out our What’s on column on page 10 for events too. For some of you, summer may not be able to start until you’ve finished your exams and assessments. If that’s you, take a look at our exam and assessment preparation tips on page 34. With suggestions for managing your time, looking after yourself and dealing with any nerves I hope it helps you get through your assessments. Good luck.

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For those of you reading in Wales, Marie Macey returns with another update on progress in proposed changes to health and well-being and education policy. You can find her View from Wales on page 30.

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Mencap supports hundreds of young people to grow and develop each day. We provide reliable, high-quality support that meets individual needs. Working in partnership with specialist housing charity Golden Lane Housing, we can also help people to find quality homes they can build their lives around. Contact Mencap Direct to find out more about our support and other services: Freephone (even from a mobile) 0808 808 1111 Email help@mencap.org.uk Go to www.mencapdirect.org.uk Registered charity number 222377 (England, Northern Ireland and Wales); SC041079 (Scotland) 2012.286–11.12

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8 in 10 people who care for loved ones with a learning disability have told Mencap that they are at breaking point.

progress news Short break crisis 8 in 10 people who care for loved ones with a learning disability have told Mencap that they are at breaking point. They feel they can no longer go on caring, because they are exhausted and don’t get the short breaks or respite support they need. While the Government has invested £1.2 billion in short breaks for carers, the use of this money was not ring-fenced. Mencap’s latest research shows that it was not spent on the services that families desperately need, in fact councils across England have cut short breaks services. The Short Breaks report, launched by Mencap, reveals the devastating impact that not having a short break can have on families.

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Charity Papworth Trust is offering free respite (short break) holidays to disabled people and their families thanks to £2 million of Lottery cash. Typical respite is where the disabled person goes away while their family stays at hom e. The Trust’s respite holidays offer a chance for the whole family to go together and have a supported break, without the pressures of everyday life. Kerry Farm is set in the Welsh countryside is currently bein g renovated. You will be able to apply for one week resp ite breaks although applications for breaks in autumn 201 3 have closed. For more information, or to find out how to apply for a break, visit www.papworth.org.uk /kerryfarm.

Mencap found: • More than 8 in 10 families of adults with a learning disability did not receive any short breaks whatsoever this year. • Over 50% of councils have cut spending on short breaks for families. • 9 in 10 family carers reported high levels of stress. • Over half of family carers have given up, or are considering giving up, work. • 8 out of 10 family carers claim that a lack of short breaks has had a negative impact on their family life. • 9 in 10 families say it has left them isolated from friends and support networks. The findings outlined in Mencap’s report show that the availability of short breaks services has remained at a critically poor level over the past decade, with no improvement since Mencap launched its Breaking Point campaign in 2003. Mencap is urging the government to ring-fence the money intended for short breaks, so it is actually spent on these services. They are also calling on councils to intervene early to ensure that no family carer is left to reach breaking point due to a lack of short breaks. www.mencap.org.uk/breakingpoint

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Birmingham is leading the way in providing extra support to get disabled people into mainstream work. Disability Employment Support Birmingham is leading the way in providing extra support to get disabled people into mainstream work. Britain’s second largest city tops the list of where disabled entrepreneurs and businesses receive the most support under the Government’s specialist disability employment scheme. The scheme, Access to Work, pays for specialised equipment, support workers and travel costs. Last year 700 people from Birmingham received support to get or stay in work, with 550 from Leeds and 400 from Glasgow. Access to Work has previously been called ‘the Government’s best kept secret’, and the Government has expanded the marketing campaign to raise awareness of the changes and target young disabled people and people with mental health conditions. Anyone interested in applying for this support, can search ‘Access to Work’ at www.gov.uk to find out details of contact centres.


Summer Fun is on page 22 Ideas for the summer months.

Progress Transition Pathway is on page 54 The main transition stages.

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Cerebra has recently published Transition to Adulthood – A Guide for Practitioners. This guide is for practitioners working with disabled young people and their families, focusing on those young people aged between 16 and 25. It explains the legal and policy frameworks, for England and Wales, that are relevant to areas in which these young people and their families are likely to need support and advice as the young person enters adulthood. Its purpose is to help practitioners understand the relevant law and policy so that they can guide young disabled people through this transition to adulthood. It’s available to download from the Cerebra website www.cerebra.org.uk.


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Gig Buddies launches Gig Buddies, the scheme that supports people with learning disabilities to get out to more gigs and events has officially launched. Gig Buddies pairs up people with and without a learning disability to go to gigs and other events together. You will be sharing interests and passions for live music, nights out and other events with your buddy. It’s about everyone being able to live their lives the way they want. They are currently recruiting participants and volunteers for Gig Buddies so please get in touch if you know someone who may be interested, or you want to get involved yourself. (At the moment it’s funded to run in Brighton and Hove, and East Sussex.) Training courses and social events are already happening so get in touch. http://stayuplate.org/ gig-buddies-project/

Golden Lane Housing (GLH), the housing arm of Mencap, has launched a £10 million charity bond which will raise money to buy homes for people with a learning disability. It will be the UK’s largest ever charity bond issue of its kind. GLH views this bond issue as the first step in raising up to £30 million over the next few years, which will mean that in total, investors will give 250 people with a learning disability the chance to live independently in specially adapted homes. Just 1 in 3 people with a learning disability currently live independently, and many struggle to compete on the open market, making it virtually impossible to find housing in areas where there is no suitable social housing available. Recent Mencap research found that 8 in 10 councils in England and Wales report a housing shortage for adults with a learning disability in their areas, with nearly 7 in 10 (67%) stating this has worsened in the last 12 months. GLH and Mencap work with local authorities and NHS commissioners to find funding for suitable properties for people with a learning disability and then develop packages of support so that they are able to live independently.

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PROGRESS NEWS Accessible YouTube Progress Magazine’s Guide to What’s On The Transition Event 2013 23rd May 2013, National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham www.progressmagazine.co.uk/events Disability Rocks 8th June 2013, Ilkley http://disabilityrocks.org/ Kidz South 13th June 2013, Rivermead Leisure Complex, Reading www.disabledliving.co.uk/kidz Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy Open Day 20th June 2013, Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy, New Forest www.fortunecentre.org CalvertStock 2013 22nd June 2013, Beggars Roost Inn, Nr. Lynton, Devon www.calvert-trust.org.uk/exmoor/calvertstock Wheelchair Dance Championship 30th June 2013, The Forum Hall, Wythenshawe www.strictlywheelchairdancing.co.uk/manchestergrandprix DaDaFest - The Festival of Disability and Deaf Arts 13th July – 2nd September, Liverpool www.dadafest.co.uk DNEX 2013 - The Annual Exhibition of Disability North 25th to 26th September, Newcastle Racecourse www.disabilitynorth.org.uk

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Henshaws College has launched an accessible version of YouTube, which was funded by Jisc through Jisc Advance. It allows people with learning difficulties and disabilities to use this mainstream technology independently. ACCESS: YouTube (http://accessyoutube.org.uk) simplifies the standard YouTube site making it easier to search and play videos, and allows the use of assistive technologies. It is now publicly available so everyone can benefit from this accessible method. It has been created to allow those with learning difficulties and disabilities to access the mainstream website independently. The site also has safety filters so that there is no concern from teachers or parents that inappropriate content could be accessed. The designer has used large fonts, visual cues and a logical layout to improve access using assistive technologies. By simplifying the site and removing content such as adverts and comments, the website is more accessible to screen readers. Try it out and let us know what you think editor@progressmagazine.co.uk.

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The Brandon Trust has launched a report called 100 Voices on Transport, written for and by people supported by the charity as a result of their annual conference; the report outlines public transportrelated issues and offers possible solutions along with case studies. Among the problems raised in the report is a continued lack of accessibility to public transport - from difficulty boarding a vehicle to issues using timetables and route signage. Common themes centre on cost and availability, while a clear lack of understanding of the needs of people with learning disabilities from other passengers and bus drivers was a big concern. The report highlights fear of mistreatment as another major factor pushing people away from using public transport regularly. Linked to this, a survey of 2,000 people conducted on behalf of Brandon Trust, shows 74 per cent of us think public transport providers do not do enough to make travelling accessible for people with disabilities, while one in three of those asked think the Government should be spending more time looking into public transport issues faced by people with disabilities. And 17 per cent questioned had witnessed bus drivers or transport staff being insensitive to the needs of others. The report looks at transport solutions including improved disability training for transport staff, introduction of easy read timetables and route planners, fewer travel pass restrictions and better accessibility for wheelchairs. The report also highlights the urgent need for more transport training for people with learning disabilities, like the Travel Buddy Scheme run by Brandon Trust in Bristol, which could help make a big contribution to better services. www.brandontrust.org

Choice Support’s Shared Lives Choice Support, one of the UK’s leading support providers for people with learning disabilities, has launched its new Shared Lives service. Initially focusing on London this service will offer people with learning disabilities the opportunity to live in an ordinary home with a carer and get support whilst sharing in that carer’s everyday family life. This service is flexible, unique to the individual and can offer support on a long or short term basis.

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Wmff! Wmff! is a new and unique bilingual mobile app for 14 to 25 year olds in Wales. It offers practical solutions via survival guides, live messaging and secure forums. The app aims to encourage young people to seek support and advice for themselves and can give users instant help on the issues identified as important factors to future prospects. The areas covered include bullying, exclusions, getting back into education, finding work and young people’s rights. The app gives users direct access to support and encourages users to contact agents at SNAP Cymru to seek further advice. www.wmff.co.uk

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At Calvert Trust Exmoor, it’s what you CAN do that counts. At the fully accessible, fully catered residential centre all activities are onsite and specifically designed and equipped to cater for everyone. The AHOEC gold standard and the CLOtC quality award-winning centre is the only 5 star activity accommodation in the country. The range of exciting activities on offer includes climbing, kayaking, abseiling, horse riding, archery and accessible cycling. Calvert Trust Exmoor’s personal development breaks build self-confidence and self-esteem, offering all ages the chance to overcome challenges, gain a sense of achievement and have a lot of fun doing it! They also offer ‘I CAN do it’ life skills training for 16-25 year olds: an exciting mix of outdoor activities and basic life skills designed to help with the transition process. Visit www.calvert-trust.org.uk/exmoor for more information.

For your chance to win just answer this simple question:

Calvert Trust Exmoor is a short distance from which coast? (hint: you can find the answer on www.calvert-trust.org.uk/exmoor!) You can enter by sending your name and address and answer to Progress Magazine, 4 Valley Court Offices, Lower Road, Croydon, Near Royston, Herts SG8 0HF or email: editor@progressmagazine.co.uk.

The competition closes on Monday 30th September 2013. The first correct answer selected at random will win the break. Only one entry per household. The prize is non-transferrable. The weekend break must be taken anytime between October 2013 and March 2014. Alternative dates are not available. A cash alternative cannot be offered. Entrants’ details will be passed on to Calvert Trust Exmoor www.calvert-trust.org.uk/exmoor. Please indicate in your entry if you would not like your details passed on. Name of the winner will be available on request.


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have you got what it takes? Entrepreneurs are, apparently, made in a recession. With a tough job market, competition for limited roles, new graduates not being able to realise their potential, a recession makes perfect breeding ground for entrepreneurs.

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What’s an entrepreneur? We hear lots about entrepreneurs, self-made business people such as Dragons Den’s Peter Jones and Deborah Meaden, but it can seem a world away from our lives. It doesn’t need to though; everyone has to start somewhere, with an idea, some drive and a faith in their abilities. An entrepreneur is someone who takes business into their own hands and develops their ideas to make a profit. They are usually their own boss. Being an entrepreneur is not without risk, you need to take a leap of faith in your ideas, your business and your abilities to make it a success. You need to consider the risks and be prepared to fail on your way to success. When times are tough, money and jobs are hard to come by, people may not think it’s the best time to set up on your own. However, tough times can focus minds; help generate ideas and the drive to make it.

How do I become an entrepreneur? First of all you need a viable business idea. What skills do you have? What’s your career or education background? What interests you? What are you good at? If you don’t already have an idea, thinking about all of these things will help you to begin piecing together what your business may be. It may not be obvious at first but look at everything you have to offer and also what interests you. There’s no point starting a business doing something you don’t like, work should be enjoyable and when things get tough, as they can in business, the enjoyment will help you through. Look for a gap in the market, is there something missing in your area, in business, in a particular sector? Try to identify what people need, what you have to offer and what you enjoy. Your idea can be anything as long as there is a need for it. Whether that’s dog walking or gardening, car-pooling, IT repairs, website design or personal training, as long as people need your services you have the basis of a business.


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Once you have an idea you will need to set it in motion. Research the market, your competition, if any, and create a business plan. The Government website GOV.UK has lots of useful information to help you plan your business. The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities has produced a Quick Guide to Self-Employment which can be downloaded from its website www.learningdisabilities.org.uk/inbusiness

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It is important to get professional advice to make sure you set up the business in the right way, according to the law and with funding. Again, GOV.UK has a useful tool for finding support in your local area. www.gov.uk/business-financesupport-finder asks some simple questions about the type of business you’re looking to start and the area you’re in and will give you a list of organisations that offer funding or support to help you along the way. The Business Link Helpline can also give you quick answers to simple questions around starting your own business. You can call them on 0845 600 9006, Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm. If you need funding to start your business, you will need a good business plan to discuss with the bank or other funders. Although obtaining funding from banks is tricky, it is a good starting point. However, don’t get disheartened if they say no. There are many different organisations that may be able to support you with funding via grants, loans or charitable funds. There are also ‘in work’ benefits that you may be able to claim. Speak with your Jobcentre Plus and business adviser to find out more about funding for your new business.

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Support If this all sounds a little daunting then having the right support to help you nurture your ideas and develop them into a business can make a difference. Organisations such as the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities’ In Business project may be of interest. The team can help you to develop your business idea, write a business plan, deal with tax and set up an appropriate circle of support offer you guidance along the way. In Business has assisted people to set up businesses including DJ services, ink recycling, disability awareness training, car wash, children’s t-shirts, licensed car hire, support for travel arrangements and horticulture amongst others.

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Circles of support can be very useful in helping you to set up a network of people with the relevant skills to help you achieve your goals. Disabled Entrepreneurs is a specialist team of disabled professionals from a range of different backgrounds who offer support to disabled people through business advice and public speaking, PR, marketing and copywriting. www.disabledentrepreneurs.co.uk Disabled Entrepreneurs Network provides networking opportunities and information services for self-employed disabled people. It provides a variety of information for disabled entrepreneurs such as sign-posting to other support, finance and training. www.disabled-entrepreneurs.net Leonard Cheshire Disability has teamed up with the Federation of Small Businesses to celebrate and nurture entrepreneurs to help them become a success. Leonard Cheshire Disability also supports the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK, sponsored by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the serial entrepreneur best known for founding easyJet. The award has been developed to support disabled entrepreneurs and raise awareness of the skills and inventiveness of those with disabilities. www.lcdisability.org

To be eligible for support you must:  have a disability or health condition that stops you from being able to do parts of your job,  have work-related costs because of your disability or health condition,  Be 16 or over; and • in a paid job; or • unemployed and about to start a job; or • unemployed and about to start a Jobcentre Plus Work Trial; or • self-employed.

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Grace App The Grace App for Autism helps autistic and other children and young people with additional needs to communicate effectively, by building semantic sequences from relevant images to form sentences. The app can be easily customised by using picture and photo vocabulary of your choice. Grace App stores a basic picture vocabulary of Foods, Things I like, Places, Colours, Sizes and Shapes on an iPhone/iPad or iPod Touch and you can create a sentence that can be read. There is also a facility for finding and taking photographs of other things you may need. It is available to download for £17.49 from the App Store.

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BridgingApps BridgingApps is a website developed to bridge the gap between technology and people with disabilities. It is a US-based volunteer community of parents, therapists, doctors and teachers who share information on using iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices with people who have additional needs. As well as being an online community it reviews and rates apps. Apps are also listed and categorised by different skills and traits.

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 Practical examples Practical examples of more specialist technologies include: • A laser-beam that can identify if you leave a room and set off an alarm if you don’t return within a particular amount of time. This means people can know whether you’re ok without someone checking in on you. Giving you privacy and independence. • An epilepsy sensor that can alert someone if you have a seizure. • If you open a door a voice prompt could remind you to take your keys, if you’re prone to forgetting, or let someone know that you have gone out.

Using technology Assistive technology is not a quick fix solution and isn’t always easy to fit into everyday life and the way you are supported. You may need to learn a new set of skills and knowledge. You will probably need training, time and support to understand and use the different items properly. In some cases, assistive technology will need to be brought in bit by bit. Some people may feel distressed, frustrated or overwhelmed by the changes. If you do, this is completely natural. You are also likely to need help to set up and maintain the devices. For instance, what happens when a sensor is activated (do you want a light to come on or send an alert) or what happens when the device does not work, for instance if the batteries are low or a fault develops?

• A fingerprint lock can be used to open doors and you can decide who else you would like to enter your home. • When you get out of bed, a light can come on. • A ‘big picture’ phone can allow you to make calls by touching the picture of the person you want to speak to. • Skype allows you to see and hear your relatives and friends, without having to leave your home. • A ‘pivotel’ can remind you to take your medication and provide you with access to the medication you need at the time you need to take it. If you don’t take your medication, it can let someone know and they can help you if needed. • If you have trouble communicating you can use big buttons to deliver a short voice message, such as ‘can I have a cup of tea please?’ • Similar buttons can also be used if you have trouble with remote controls - they can switch your TV on and help you to change channels, without the need for support from others.

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 Looking for a service with assistive technology If you’re looking for a care or support provider CareTech share their suggestions of how assistive technology should be integrated. The potential for the use of assistive technology when designing any service or support plan should be paramount in the minds of all providers when they are aiming to provide support and offer value for money for people with learning disabilities. They should work closely with the local authority in order to understand the wide range of technology which is now available in order to assist people in their daily lives. As mentioned in the article, these can include fall sensors, flood sensors, epilepsy mats, 'just checking' night devices, door alarms and panic alarms and various on call systems. The provider’s team should then work with you, your family and friends and the local authority, to reassure you all about the technology, its uses and any impact it may have. Initial assessments should identify areas where technology could be introduced to your life in order to help you develop your skills and enhancing your independence. If you receive direct payments, assistive technology can have an added benefit because it can give you the chance to use the money, which would have been spent on support, to access extra activities during the day. Your provider should be able to make you aware of this and any cost savings due to the use of assistive technology. The provider should work with you to help build your confidence to spend time in your own home, knowing that you can call upon support when needed. The varying types of sensors, alarms and alert sensors should give you and your family reassurance that you are safe to grow your independence at your own rate with the added security that assistance is available if problems arise. With thanks to CareTech. www.caretech-uk.com For more information on CareTech's services please see the advert on the outside back cover.

Benefits Everyday tasks might make you feel stressed or frustrated but introducing tools to make these tasks easier can reduce these feelings. Using technology that is aimed at your needs can improve your quality of life and for some people it could mean a chance to have ‘home alone time’– something which you may want to try. It could even give you the chance to spend the night in your own home, without the need for support staff either sleeping or being awake through the night.

"Using technology that is aimed at your needs can improve your quality of life and for some people it could mean a chance to have ‘home alone time." By bringing in technology that is aimed at you it encourages everyone to look at your abilities, instead of trying to alleviate any disabilities. It can encourage you to take more control of your life. However, it is also important that the use of technology is carefully thought through and that your wishes are taken into account. If relevant, the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) should be used to help you work through any specific issues and you should be supported to make any decisions, where you need that support. All of these benefits mean that assistive technology can help you to grow more confident, as you are able to do more for yourself without the need for paid staff to do things for you.

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Balance of technology and support Although it can help to give you more independence, it is also important that assistive technology should not be seen as a way of taking away personal support, which still has a crucial role to play in helping you to develop your skills and achieve your goals. Instead, it should be seen as something that is extremely useful in your overall support, something that can guide you towards greater independence.

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The various ‘welfare reforms’ affecting social security benefits, currently coming into force are not devolved issues and apply in Wales in just the same way as in England. However, decisions regarding education and social services are devolved to the Welsh Government. Here, as in England, major changes are coming. The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill was introduced in the National Assembly for Wales on 28th January 2013. The Bill is one of the most far-reaching legislation to be considered by the National Assembly under its new lawmaking powers. Consultation ended in March 2013, however constituents can still lobby their Assembly Members as the Bill is now going through the first of four stages before becoming law.

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Marie Macey summarises the developments in proposed changes to social services and well-being, and education in Wales. ‘preventative’ services. Local authorities and health authorities will now be required to work together. The intention behind the new national eligibility criteria is to reduce the current variability of services between local authorities. However, the details of the new criteria are not yet available and, as always, the devil is in the detail. Currently, because of financial pressures most local authorities are restricting adult services to those with substantial and critical need (those with moderate and low levels of need do not get services). The Bill’s provision for a preventative role, and consequently an extension of services will need financial provision to be meaningful. A further likely change is for young people with more severe disabilities not transferring to adult services until they are around 21 years.

Education The proposed changes in education are not as advanced as the Social Services and Well-Being Bill and the proposed Education (Wales) Bill has not yet been introduced in the Assembly. One issue the consultation document Forward in partnership for children and young people with additional needs attempted to address was the very late funding decisions regarding specialist college, an issue which must be close to the heart of some readers. The Welsh Government’s own statistics demonstrate that in the

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If you use certain shops all the time, you may benefit from loyalty card schemes. These are set up, mainly to keep you coming back to the shop for new purchases. However if you shop there regularly it can make sense to sign up for a card. These cards enable you to collect points on a certain amount of money spent in the shop. These points are then converted and can be used as money off future purchases. Shops that offer loyalty cards include Tesco, Sainsbury s, Boots and Superdrug. Some cards can be used to collect and redeem points at a number of different places, including online shopping. For more information visit: www.tesco.com/clubcard, www.nectar.com, www.boots.com/en/AdvantageCard, www.superdrug.com/beautycard.

Going out for dinner can be a luxury that you can t afford very often, but with a 2 for 1 voucher, it is much more affordable. If you want to buy some new clothes but don t want to pay the delivery, a voucher may help cover the cost. Voucher code sites bring together all the valid vouchers for a wide variety of places including restaurants, clothes shops, department stores, holiday companies and high street stores as well as online shops. You can search for the company you re buying from to see if there is a valid voucher or voucher code to use when you make your purchase. Or you can decide where to buy something based on what vouchers or codes are available at the time. You can sign up for email alerts telling you the top vouchers for that week.

Comparison sites Comparison websites are a useful tool to enable you to compare what different companies will offer you for things like insurance, personal finance such as loans, credit cards, mortgages and holidays. You put in your information and they contact all of the different companies with your information and give you a list of offers and prices that you can look through. It takes a lot of the time and hassle out of making these purchases. The top comparison sites are www. moneysupermarket.com, www.comparethemarket. com, www.gocompare.com, www.confused.com and www.tescocompare.com.

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"Preparation is the key. Being as prepared as possible will calm any nerves you may have and mean you’re giving yourself a great chance of doing your best."

Preparing for  exams and assessments As the summer draws near and exam time rolls around, study can become quite intense. Progress brings you some advice to help you prepare for exams and assessments as best you can.

Whether you are studying for academic qualifications like GCSEs or A’ Levels, vocational qualifications or more practical assessments like achieving specific life skills you need to be as prepared as possible. Having a good understanding of the subject you are being assessed on will give you confidence when it comes to the exam or assessment. Preparation is the key. Being as prepared as possible will calm any nerves you may have and mean you’re giving yourself a great chance of doing your best.


✎ Timetable A revision timetable can be particularly useful if you are studying a number of different topics or have lots of exams or assessments coming up. They help you to plan out your time, what subjects you are going to study when, for how long and when you are going to have breaks. A timetable means that you and everyone around you, knows what needs to be done when. If the pressure begins to mount you can just look at your next scheduled free time and it’ll help you to focus. Also, by sharing your timetable with family, friends or housemates everyone can help you to keep on track.

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✎ Be flexible It’s tempting to be hard on yourself, but if you really can’t concentrate and your timetable says 45 minutes of intense study, swap subjects or sessions. But make sure you do swap them not drop them altogether.

✎ Know yourself Are you an early bird? If you find you concentrate better in the morning then start your revision early. That way you can get it done and out of the way before getting on with the rest of the day. However, if you’re a night owl then schedule to revise then, although by pushing things later in the day there is a risk that you can run out of time.

✎ Avoid distractions Whether that’s housemates, family, your phone, laptop, tablet or the TV, try to distance yourself from anything that can distract you from your study. It’s easy to lose half an hour or more without even realising it.

✎ Vary techniques There are lots of different ways to learn. For some it may be reading and rereading information. For others it could be making up mnemonics which means Make Names Easily Memorable by Organising Nominated Initial Characters such as ‘Never Eat Cake Eat Salad Sandwiches And Remain Young’ as spelling for ‘necessary’. Other people find bringing subjects to life, such as going to watch a theatre product of a play they are studying, helps to commit things to memory. Find what works for you and mix up your studies to help yourself.

✎ Past tests If taking formal exams, studying and practising previous tests gives you an idea of how your test may be structured. You will be able to see the types of questions that are asked, how they are expected to be answered such as with a single answer, multiple choice, essay answers or discussion. Although your test will be different to the previous ones, it should help to build your confidence and understanding of the exam process when the day arrives.

✎ Speak to your tutor Tutors will have an idea of what you will be assessed on. They may not know exact information but will be able to point you in the right direction of what is important to know and prepare and what may not be as essential. Also ask them for any advice, guidance, hints or tips for revisions, exam or assessment preparation. They prepare people all the time and will have many years of experience to share. Also, remember that they are/were assessed as well so they know what you’re going through.

✎ Practise, practise, practise The more you practise something, whether that’s a specific skill or subject, the more familiar you will become and the easier it will be to recall and prove your ability in an assessment. If you’re learning a practical skill or life skill, practising is the most important thing you can do. By repeating things they become easier to recall and do again. For example, if preparing for a practical driving test, the best thing you can do is practise driving. The more you do, the more natural and familiar it becomes and easier for you to master. This also helps to build your confidence so you have the belief that you can do it when it comes to the assessment.


✎ Believe in yourself If you have put in the work, revised, practised, learnt and done your best, believe in yourself to be able to pass the assessment. Nerves are normal and natural but don’t let them take over. See the panel on overcoming nerves.

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It is natural to feel nervous about exams or assessments. You may feel increased pressure, anxiety or uncertainty. These feelings are all common but can be managed. Firstly, don’t panic. As mentioned elsewhere, believe in yourself. If you’ve done the revision and preparation you are as prepared as you can be. Try to relax and trust yourself to be able to do it. Think positively. Think that you can pass, that you know your stuff and you’ll be able to master the exam or assessment. Positive thinking breeds confidence.

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Members of NATSPEC work in partnership with others to offer the widest choice of innovative, high quality, cost-effective education, training and support to match the inclusive learning needs of young people and adults with learning difficulties and disabilities as they prepare for the next stage of their lives. Prospective learners and their supporters are advised to talk to their specialist careers adviser, Connexions Personal Adviser, disablement resettlement officer or social worker about funding. By law, colleges must open admissions to all students, regardless of disability or impairment. Colleges listed here specialise in educating students with specific disabilities and/or difficulties but welcome applications from all students.

The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) is the UK’s leading specialist residential college for people aged 16+ who are blind or partially sighted. With over 140 years’ experience, the College stands firm in its original aim to enable each and every student to achieve their potential and engage fully in their community. The RNC has superb facilities, skilled staff and ‘outstanding’ residential provision (Ofsted 2011). Contact the Enquiries Line for more information, email us or visit the website. Company Registered by Guarantee No. 2367626 Registered Charity No. 1000388

The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) Venns Lane, Hereford HR1 1DT Tel: 01432 376621 E-mail: info@rnc.ac.uk Web: www.rnc.ac.uk

Treloar College in Alton, Hampshire, is a life-changing place where young people aged 16-25, with physical disabilities, come to live and learn. Day and residential students have access to a wide range of courses, from pre-entry to level 3, in a curriculum which embodies independent living skills, a diverse enrichment programme, community and residential-based learning and sporting activities at all levels.

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“We educate and care for d/Deaf children and young people or young people with communication difficulties, who may have additional needs, for a positive future within work and their communities” Westgate College is an independent specialist college offering residential and day provision for learners aged from 19 years old. Learners attending the college are d/Deaf or have communication difficulties many have additional learning and physical disabilities, mental health and associated challenging behaviours. Communication modes include speech, BSL, SSE, PECS symbols and objects of reference.

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WESC Foundation - The Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment is a day and residential centre of excellence for learners with sight loss and additional needs. The college provides further education and independence training for young people preparing them for the transition into living in the community. We offer a personalised programme of academic and vocational learning on our All-year-round (52 weeks) programme which is supported by a wide range of work experience opportunities.

“WESC is outstanding” Ofsted care inspection March 2013 WESC Foundation Countess Wear, Exeter, Devon, EX2 6HA Tel: 01392 454235 Email: kgaulton@wescfoundation.ac.uk Web: www.wescfoundation.ac.uk

Treloar College in Alton, Hampshire, is a life-changing place where young people aged 16-25, with physical disabilities, come to live and learn. Day and residential students have access to a wide range of courses, from preentry to level 3, in a curriculum which embodies independent living skills, a diverse enrichment programme, community and residential-based learning and sporting activities at all levels. Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) ensure that each student’s needs are met and targets are set that are achievable.

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Coming to Treloar’s was a life changing decision for me. I feel happy and contented here. My confidence is now much better in dealing with life and the staff are the people that have made it happen. Ryan, Treloar College student, 2013

A World of Work team, who arrange internal and external work placements for students, equipping them with skills for future employment Dedicated Transition workers to prepare students for life beyond Treloar’s A multi-disciplinary team with expertise in speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, who work together with tutors to meet student needs Assistive technologists who adapt wheelchairs, equipment and technology to promote independence

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For more information about joining Treloar’s, visit www.treloar.org.uk/open-days to register for our Open Days, contact our admissions team on 01420 547 425 or email admissions@treloar.org.uk


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Accessing personal information Many parents and carers are unaware of their rights to access information about their child in school. Likewise, many parents, carers, young people and adults are not familiar with their rights to access information about themselves from other organisations. Nabil Dance summarises some of the legal rights. Accessing this information can be particularly important especially when perhaps a dispute arises between you and your school, college, employer, or any other organisation responsible for keeping private information about you. Parents, carers, and adults are also entitled to, in theory, and often in practice, access any information held about themselves, or their child under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Information retained by schools The Education (Pupil Information) (England) Regulations 2005 (as amended by the Education (Pupil Information) Regulations 2008) requires the governing body of a school to: • keep curricular and educational records for each pupil, • disclose these records to parents and pupils, • report at least annually to all parents on their child’s progress and attainment,

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Data protection Parents, carers and adults are also entitled to, in theory, and often in practice, access any information held about themselves, or their child, under the Data Protection Act 1998. A request in writing for information will suffice, and is a requirement. This arguably applies to, for instance, information maintained by colleges, universities, employers, offices and factions of the local and national government, and any other organisation that is legally responsible for the retention of private information. A request for information under the Data Protection Act is known in law as a ‘subject access request’. The relevant organisation must provide the information which you have requested within 40 calendar days of the date of your written request. There are some exceptions when an organisation can refuse to comply with a request for information but the circumstances which are acceptable in law are quite extreme. For instance, where disclosing such information would threaten national security or the economic stability of the United Kingdom, an organisation could be legally entitled to turn down the request.

A request for information under the Data Protection Act is known in law as a ‘subject access request’. Who can help? Law firms and consultancies may be able to assist you in making a request for information or in scenarios where the organisation in question is refusing to provide the relevant information. In instances involving a dispute with an employer, the legal representative of your trade union may be able to assist you in getting the relevant information from your current or former employer. The Information Commissioner monitors and considers the compliance of such organisations with the retaining, transfer and disclosure of information about individuals: www.ico.gov.uk/ Nabil Dance is a specialist Independent Legal Advocate and Certified Paralegal with experience in equality, discrimination, and education law (n.dance@mail.com)

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nding simple, isn’t as a healthy lifestyle, although sou Being healthy is important and underlying health w where to start. If you have an straightforward if you don’t kno t your doctor knows know how to manage it and tha you t tha nt orta imp it’s on, diti con rmation about your is great for drawing together info about it too. A Health Action Plan you need to y support you, pointers on where ma o wh se tho and , you ng givi health and you stay healthy. well-being and how to make sure and lth hea eral gen r you ut abo k thin

What is a Health Action Plan? A Health Action Plan is a document that sets out important information l about you and your health as wel as ways to ensure you are healthy and remain so. It is unique to you and should be written with input from you, your parents or carers and anyone involved in your health and s well-being. It includes suggestion lthy of things you can do to be hea as well as help and support. It is important because people with learning disabilities don’t always receive equal rights when it comes to health care. The Government wants to change this and as part of that, a Health Action Plan will help everyone involved, including you and those who support you, to give your health and well-being the importance it deserves. By having this information

set out in a formal document, everyone is aware of it and how to make sure you stay healthy.

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A Health Action Plan will get you thinking about your general health and well-being and what you can do about it. It will also give those who support you an idea of your wishes and needs around your health. By setting out what will help you to stay healthy, it gives r you control and responsibility ove these parts of your life. A Health Action Plan will ensure at those who support you know wh they can do to help you remain healthy. It can help to ensure you have all the health checks you may be due and keeps a focus


eyesight, hearing, teeth and well-being doesn’t fit into specific sexual health. There should be boxes. enough information to ensure To put together your plan you that all your health and welllth will need to think about your hea being needs are considered in general including how tall you and monitored. er are, how much you weigh, wheth you smoke or drink alcohol and er how much. Ask your family wheth What happens next? ons diti con lth hea there are any Once completed, there t run in your family. These are all tha check-up. should be two versions of important to your general health your Health Action Plan. and wellbeing as you get older. One will be kept by your What does a Health Action Your Health Action Plan will also doctor and one for you in a , Plan say? include any medicine you may take format that is easy for you to any help you need to look after A Health Action Plan helps you to read. It’s important that you your health including looking at think about what you can do to follow what is in it to keep whether you can and eat how you and at er wh lthi hea f rsel you make your health and well-being eat more healthily, what exercise you can look after your general on track. If you complete you do and what you would like to well-being. This could include a plan and keep it in the ular fit. p reg kee ng to taki do ly, lthi hea eat to how drawer not following what’s As it is all about you, it should exercise or managing any health recommended then it won’t municate com h you s oug way Alth e. out hav set y ma you conditions help you improve your health. r and any equipment you may it needs to cover all aspects of you use regularly. You should be able life it should be flexible as well. to include information on your Every person is different, health and

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Innovation in mobility Want to know what’s new or innovative in the world of mobility and aids? Progress brings you some products you may find interesting. Mybility All Terrain Wheelchairs The New Mybility range of all-terrain wheelchairs gives unprecedented independence to enjoy your life the way you want. Ideal if you want to get out and about with or without your friends. The wheelchair is suitable for use indoors and out and is great for tackling even the most difficult terrains including: rocks, grass, mud, steep inclines, steps, high kerbs, cobbles and beaches. Fully adaptable to meet your disability needs the wheelchair comes with full training and a wide range of accessories as standard. Safe and comfortable whether you are out rambling in the countryside or shopping on cobbled streets, you can also take part in sports such as golf or fishing with our stand up model. When you want to chill out it is also equally happy at home on your carpet. Our range includes a compact City model, as well as our standard sized models and comes in a range of cool colours. Furthermore the Stand Up model can adjust your body posture from lying down to standing up and anywhere in between. Engineered in Scandinavia to a very high standard the wheelchair will ‘grow’ with you because, with a realistic 10 year life expectancy, it is fully adaptable to meet you changing needs. Comes with a range of extras and a 5 year warranty as standard. See it for yourself - Take a look at our videos at www.mybility.co.uk or call for a home demo 0330 555 0545.

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Walking sticks as fashion statements An important consideration for all walking stick users is how their walking stick makes them feel. It is not enough for it simply to provide balance and support; it should reflect your personality too. Walking stick specialists Classic Canes recognise that walking sticks need to suit many different individuals, so have developed a range of over 650 models, available from retailers worldwide. Fashions are followed closely: this spring sees the family firm launch chic new models in snow leopard and cheetah print, an eye-catching, multi-coloured cane printed with tropical angel fish and coral, and a new ‘Opulent Collection’ of glittering black, silver and gold designs, perfect for evening use and special occasions. Managing Partner, Charlotte Gillan, says, ‘The right walking stick will always add to its user’s appearance, never detract from it. For a young person who needs to use a cane, there is now a huge range of bright, cheerful, modern designs that give their user’s presence and style. Even if the stick has to fold or have an orthopaedic handle, this should be no impediment to having a fun and fashionable walking stick.’

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New Super-Flexible, Folding Minimo Mobility ‘Car Boot’ Scooter Responding to a market trend towards smaller, more compact models, TGA is introducing the new Minimo. The Minimo is a revolution in compact, collapsible scooter design. It represents one of the most advanced designs that folds and fits into the boot of a car and requires no parts to be dismantled for stowage, with an overall weight of 24kg (53lbs). This revolutionary and straightforward folding mechanism is simply activated by a one-handed operation with minimum effort and is completed in seconds. The Minimo only requires a small amount of storage space when not in use. Radically lightweight, yet robust it combines the benefits of strain-free lifting whilst providing impressive drivability and rider comfort. Redefining the foldable scooter, it has an extremely spacious chassis with a floor well that provides levels of legroom never previously seen in the car boot class. It has a top speed of 6km (4mph) and an impressive range of up 20km (12 miles).

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Staying safe

 online Parental locks The internet can be a useful tool, a way to make friends and communicate with people, educational and fun, but are you safe online? The internet is a whole new world, it breaks down barriers, creates opportunities, connections and offers varied learning. However, for all its opportunities, you need to be vigilant online, protect yourself and your computer.

Anti-virus It is important that you have the right level of internet safety for your needs, depending on who is using the internet. You should look at anti-virus software to identify any potential viruses that can cause harm to your computer. These viruses may also be able to track the websites you use and any personal information you put in, such as passwords, internet banking and log-ins. Having the right level of anti-virus will protect you from this. There are free anti-virus programmes available online such as AVG but it is important to do some research and ask advice.

Filters and locks can be set up on computers and internet browsers to limit the types of websites that can be accessed or for how long the computer can be used. They can also let you know the websites that are being accessed including blocked websites. The BBC’s WebWise site has a lot of useful information about surfing the internet safely www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/topics/safety-andprivacy.

Passwords Passwords are a great way of protecting your information. Most websites that store any of your personal information will need a password. This includes your email, your Facebook account or your online banking. Although it can be difficult to remember a number of different passwords, it’s important that you don’t always use the same one and that they aren’t straightforward. Common passwords that are not very secure include ‘abcdef’, ‘123456’ and ‘password’. These are easy to figure out and give someone access to your private information. Some websites will tell you how ‘strong’ your password is when you set it for the first time. If you use a shared computer, never save your passwords and log in details as you don’t know who else may be able to access them from that computer.


SMART rules

Childnet International has developed five key SMART rules to staying safe online. Although aimed at children everyone can learn something from being SMART online. Safe – Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.

Don’t share too much

Meeting – Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.

It is important to protect your computer when you are online, but protecting yourself is equally as important. You may communicate with new people, talk and share ideas but never give out too much personal information. Although you may be getting to know people, the internet is a way of hiding who you are or being someone else. That’s not to say that everyone is pretending to be someone else, but it’s important to keep that in mind.

Accepting – Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages. Reliable – Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information with other websites, books or someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family.

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TRANSITIONS WORK BEGINS

Year 10 (age 14-15) TRANSITIONS REVIEWS to be attended by childcare worker, adult worker, post-16 providers and other appropriate support services. Ensure that: • Transition plan agreed. • Actions for individual workers/ services. • Timescales documented. • Carers’ assessment offered.

Year 12 (age 16-17) TRANSFER TO ADULT SERVICES If the person meets the eligibility criteria for the local authority. Transitions reviews to continue especially if the young person is still in school. • Community Care assessments and care planning to be arranged as appropriate.

Ages 19-25 © Swindon Parents and Carers Advisory Group

Young Person and Parents at heart of the process.

• Statutory SEN statement review. • Person-centred approach introduced. • Help given to set up a circle of support.

Family should be invited to all reviews and young people must be involved in all meetings.

Year 8 (age 12-13)

Key areas covered: Pathway to employment; Housing; Planning for good health; Developing friendships, relationships and community. Meaning of transition and its impact reinforced to young people and parents. Person-centred approach developed and ongoing.

Transition Pathway

PREPARATION FOR TRANSITIONS • Young people with additional needs identified. • Parents and young people informed of processes. • Child and adult services informed. • Person-centred approach introduced.

Year 9 (age 13-14) TRANSITIONS REVIEWS FOR ALL YOUNG PEOPLE WITH ADDITIONAL NEEDS Consider: • Access to work experience. • Eligibility for Fair Access to Care. • Existing service provision and cost. • Appropriate post-16 provision. • Future provision as an adult. • Referral to appropriate adult services.

Year 11 (age 15-16) TRANSITIONS REVIEWS To continue especially if the young person is still in school. Ensure that: • Community Care assessments and care planning to be arranged as appropriate. • Personal budgets are discussed. • Gaps are identified and appropriate actions are planned.

Year 13 (age 17-18) Year 14 (age 18-19) PLANNED CONTINUATION OF ADULT SERVICES • By all services already involved. • Any additional services alerted.


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