• WeCanAccess Student Challenge

    WeCanAccess Student Challenge

    WeCanAccess has teamed up with Disability Rights Magazine to challenge university students to write articles that will inspire better inclusion and accessibility. Read here for more info on how to enter.

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  • Your daughter’s not a criminal, so why does she need a lawyer?

    Your daughter’s not a criminal, so why does she need a lawyer?

    Emma Bara discusses how she was encouraged to hire a lawyer by the local authority to ensure her child was allowed to go to the school that would best support her special educational needs.

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  • Disabled Sailing

    Disabled Sailing

    Mike Wood MBE talk about disabled sailing; what it is, why it is so important to him and what it can do for people with disabilities.

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  • Special Work Experience

    Special Work Experience

    Assistant Headteacher, Joe White describes providing work experience for pupils with autism or speech, language and communication needs.

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  • Autistic Burnout

    Karen McGuinness from West Cheshire Autism Hub describes autistic burnout and explains what people can do to help prevent it.

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  • The beauty of Music Therapy

    The beauty of Music Therapy

    In this blog we talk about the benefits of music therapy and how it can support individuals with additional needs.

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  • Special Education Students Can Learn Anywhere with Bookshare

    Learn about Bookshare, which provides free ebooks and reading tools for special education students so they can learn anywhere and anytime.

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  • Farewell 2020

    Farewell 2020

    WeCanAccess says farewell to 2020 with a quick roundup of all we have acheived this year and looks forward to 2021 and the exciting projects ahead.

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  • Unemployment Sucks!

    James Fellowes, Founder and CEO of Bridge of Hope describes his journey from privilege to unemployment, in a blithely honest way. Read more to find out how unemployment impacted on his mental health and why he set up Bridge of Hope.

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  • Forgotten Families

    Grace Williams raises the issues faced by UK families with disabled children during the Covid 19 pandemic. She highlights the additional pressures children and parents are facing and discusses the impact it is having on the families.

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  • Banking could learn something from gaming.

    Banking could learn from gaming! David Bara explains how online banking could be made more accessible for all by taking some tips from the gaming industry.

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  • It all changed with one stroke

    Adele Ramet describes how her life suddenly changed from being active and independent to suddenly needing full time care following a devastating stroke.

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  • Cystic Fibrosis throughout history: how has life expectancy gone from being 14 years old to 40 years old?

    Using Cystic Fibrosis as an example, Isobelle Moores discusses how developments in science other the years have impacted on the lives of many people with life changing conditions.

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  • Enjoying university with a disability

    Charlotte Smith took the leap back into education aged 21. But studying for a degree and navigating daily life with a disability presented her with a challenge unlike any other. As she embarks on the final year of her studies, she reflects on her university experiences and how they have changed her for the better.

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  • Are we still aiming high for our disabled children?

    Are we still AIMING HIGH for disabled Children/Young People? One autistic mother thinks that entrenched ideas of what Special Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is means that many SEND children are not even offered the chance to show their potential.

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  • DOWN to SEN?

    Adele Ramet heard a teacher on a UK radio talk about her students as being 'from grammar school level, all the way down to SEN'. Here she talks about her grandchildren who both have SEN (Special Educational Needs) and why they are not at the bottom of any scale.

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  • FND Dimensions

    Steve Webster, founder of FND Dimensions talks about the charity's work to raise awareness of Functional Neurological Disorders and provides support services to help patients deal with and understand their condition.

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  • What is inclusion?

    What is inclusion?

    Crystal Hart talks about inclusion and asks if our current understanding of inclusion and our practices are really inclusive.

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  • Surviving and Thriving in ASD class teaching

    Surviving and Thriving in ASD class teaching

    Niall Drea spoke to teachers who have made the move from mainstream primary to autism class teaching in recent years. He discovered how a shift in mindset can help you and your students to thrive.

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  • Keanu’s Clubfoot

    Keanu’s Clubfoot

    Stacey Smiler explains what clubfoot (talipes) is. She describes her reaction to finding out her son's diagnosis and Keanu's subsequent treatment.

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  • Alfie’s Lockdown

    Alfie’s Lockdown

    7 year old Alfie is his mum's primary carer. Here he talks about the impact that Covid-19 and the Lockdown has had on him and how he feels about it.

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  • Living with a Disabled Sibling.

    Living with a Disabled Sibling.

    Grace Williams has a brother with severe autism, she has also just finished a finished a degree in BA (Hons) Special Education and has experience as a teaching assistant in special schools. Here she discusses why siblings should feature more when care provision is being discussed for a disabled person, and why they need support too.

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  • Teaching your SEN child at home – Going For a Walk, Part 1

    There are learning opportunities in everything we do. Here we show you how your daily activities can help you teach your child. Going for a walk can be fun and there are so many ways and chances to learn, but before you even go out there is so much learning you can do.

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  • Riding for the Disabled

    Riding for the Disabled

    Deborah Hall is manager of Chigwell Riding Trust for Special Needs. In this post she talks about the amazing work they do and the difference it can make in people's lives. We also hear from parents of the riders who explain why riding is so important to them.

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  • Is Less More in Special Education?

    Josh Nash discusses why having the RIGHT information to work with SEN children is more important than having ALL the information.

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  • Reflective Practice: Working with Autistic Children

    Robert Corish talks about how he changed the way he viewed children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and became a better teacher for it.

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  • Inclusion is child’s play!

    Emma Bara discusses how to make inclusive thinking and planning second nature. She discusses how inclusion and adaptation is natural for children and how much we can learn from them.

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  • Learning through Pet Care

    Teaching our Special Needs kids at home can be tough and often requires an imaginative approach. Here we show you how to make everyday activities, such as caring for your pet, into valuable learning opportunities.

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  • Sensory Theatre, Online!

    Sensory Theatre, Online!

    Head2Head Sensory Theatre is theatre made to be accessible for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Covid-19 restrictions have meant they have had to stop touring. Sara, Head2Head's artistic director, explains how that has just made them more creative!

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  • Don’t blame me!

    Clive Osborne is is an experienced SEND teacher and a qualified conflict resolution practitioner. Here Clive talks about blame, what it is, why we do it, the damage it can cause and how we can put things right.

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  • Keanu’s Story – a story of Juvenile Epilepsy.

    Stacey Smiley talks about her son, Keanu's, journey with epilepsy from the age of 1 to now, 5 years later. She talks about his diagnosis, what impact it had on Keanu and about discovering the epilepsy was caused by a CHD2 gene mutation. Stacey also gives some useful tips on how to interract with people with hidden disabilities.

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  • Living a Great Life with Autism

    Charl Baillie wasn't diagnosed with autism until she was an adult. She faced many people telling her what she couldn't do. Here, Charl tells how she ignored them all, went to university and has been doing her dream job for 30 years!

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  • Learning and Laundry Part 2

    Did you know you could turn hanging up the washing into a learning oppportunity? Here we share some ideas on how to learn AND get some help in the process.

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  • Learning and Laundry!!

    Who knew you could learn as you do laundry? Mundane jobs around the house are also opportunities for learning. Pick up some quick ideas and tips here.

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  • SEND Physical Education and the challenges

    Adam Price talks about the challenges that pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) pupils face when participating in Physical Education (PE) classes. Competition, communication and sensory processing, can make SEND Physical Education challenging but Adam addresses these challenges and suggests how PE teachers can make adaptations to enable those students to access the …

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  • Introducing my autistic son to fruit and veg.

    Adam Murphy talks about how he introduced his autistic son to fruit, vegetables and exercise. In the process, helped him lose weight and become healthier all round.

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  • Teaching our Special Needs Kids at Home; Cooking, Science & Tech.

    Cooking, Science & Tech; Here’s how! In these days of lock down we are trying to juggle being a parent, housework, our day job and teaching our Special Needs kids at home! But there is a way to turn cooking into easy lessons! You may be seeing lots of talk online about how people are …

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  • SEND families are facing food difficulties.

    Parent group, Let Us Communicate (LUC), talks about why SEND families are facing food difficulties during the Covid-19 crisis. They call for urgent help now. About Let Us Communicate LUC was founded in 2013 in Newham, one of the poorest areas within the UK. We are an independent support group for parents/carers of children and …

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  • Teaching our Special Needs kids at home; Cooking and English

    Cooking and English (language); Here’s how! In these days of lock down we are trying to juggle being a parent, housework, day job and teaching our Special Needs kids at home! But there is a way to turn cooking into easy English lessons! You may be seeing lots of talk online about how people are …

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  • Teaching Special Needs Kid at home; Cooking and Maths.

    Cooking and Maths; Here’s how! In these days of lock down we are trying to juggle being a parent, housework, our day job and teaching Special Needs kids at home! But there is a way to turn cooking into easy Maths lessons! You may be seeing lots of talk online about how people are ‘giving …

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  • Teaching Special Needs Kids at Home; Tidying!

    Maths and tidying the house? Here’s how! In these days of lock down we are trying to juggle being a parent, housework, our day job and teaching our Special Needs kids at home! But there is a way to turn housework into an easy Maths lesson! Yes, honestly!! Tidying the house ! Teaching special needs …

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  • Covid-19: Creating more inclusive workplaces

    Clare Kennelly is the founder and principal consultant at Inclusive Cork, a diversity and inclusion training provider.  Clare talks about how Covid-19 has offered us the opportunity to make our working environments much more inclusive. She talks about what we are doing now and how we can continue to make more inclusive workplaces as we move …

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  • Special Needs & Disabilities; What does the future hold?

    We’re a long way from the end of the global epidemic of COVID-19. But now, more than ever, we need to take time to reflect on the quality of education that we provide for children with special needs and disabilities (SEND). The Covid-19 virus is hitting countries hard. Governments globally have said that countries will …

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  • Teaching Special Needs Kids at Home; Science, Maths, English and Lunch time!!

    Lunchtime and teaching? Here’s how! Teaching Special Needs kids at home can feel overwhelming sometimes, especially now, when our routines have changed overnight thanks to Covid-19. This post gives you some simple ideas on how to turn lunchtime into an easy Science, English and Maths lesson. Our previous posts have separated out the topics but …

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  • Teaching Special Needs Kids at Home: Maths and Breakfast

    Teaching Special Needs kids at home can feel overwhelming sometimes, especially now, when our lives have changed overnight thanks to Covid-19. However, the Covid-19 crisis has given us an opportunity to teach our children practical skills linked to the curriculum. This post gives you some ideas on how to turn breakfast time into a simple …

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  • Supercharged Superhero

    A story about Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and hidden illness. Gemma Everson talks about her husband’s diagnosis of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis; how it impacted on her family and led her to write a children’s book. Our story began in July 2017. We had just welcomed our second daughter, Gracie, into our family and life was seemingly perfect. I …

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  • Teaching Special Needs Kids at Home – Science & Waking Up!

    I feel overwhelmed! Teaching Special Needs kids at home can feel overwhelming sometimes, especially now, when our lives have changed overnight thanks to Covid-19. This post gives you some simple ideas on how to turn waking up into an easy Science lesson. You can do this! The Covid-19 crisis has sent us all home and …

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  • Teaching SEN kids at home – English and Waking Up!

    Teaching can be challenging Teaching SEN kids at home is challenging at the best of times. We’ll be posting here regularly with ideas on teaching SEN kids at home. This post gives you some ideas on how to turn waking up into an easy English lesson. The Covid-19 crisis has sent us all home and …

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  • Teaching SEN kids at home – Waking Up and Maths!

    Teaching can be challenging Teaching SEN kids at home is challenging at the best of times. We’ll be posting here regularly with ideas on teaching SEN kids at home. This post gives you some ideas on how to turn waking up into an easy Maths lesson. The Covid-19 crisis has sent us all home and …

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  • Teaching SEN kids at home

    Emma Bara talks about how she and her husband have managed with teaching their SEND kids at home. She talks about how important it is to accept what can be achieved and offers some ideas for others to try.

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  • Educational YouTube resources while your kids are at home

    With most children at home during this Covid-19 crisis, finding learning resources AND getting your kids to sit down to learn can be challenging. So we thought a list of educational YouTube channels that children and young adults will not only support their learning but also entertain them, would be useful. We are adding to …

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  • Mitrofanoff – what??

    Mitrofanoff – what??

    By Aimee King I have just had yet another exhausting conversation with a medical professional who knows nothing about my mitrofanoff, telling me all about it. Now I understand that not many health care workers will know about my condition, but why not? something like a simple UTI which, trust me, I know a lot …

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  • Let’s Talk about Audrey Antelope

    Disability on screen has been a rarity for far too long. Elizabeth Wright talks about Audrey Antelope and why she is so important to her. Let’s talk about Audrey Antelope. She is a character on the Genius Brand’s International show for Netflix, “Llama Llama” and represents all that is good about disability on screen. A …

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  • Rodney, the hare that didn’t care (but he did really)

    Gail Crampton talks about her book, Rodney the hare that didn’t care (but he did really). She explains why she wrote it to help children with hidden illnesses and medical conditions, and how important it is. It started with Crohns Rodney Meadow-Hopper, The Hare Who Didn’t Care (but he did really), was released at the …

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  • Moles Can’t Play Hide and Seek

    Astrid Middleton describes her journey with the genetic eye condition retinitis pigmentosa. She also describes her and her son's attitudes to their neurodiversity and how they own it. This is what prompted her to write children's stories about being included and she shares one with us here.

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  • The Hidden Curriculum You Might Not Know About

    by Barry Whelan The Hidden Curriculum In every classroom and every school, there is a formal curriculum the teacher teaches. Everyone knows what it is, and it is there for all to see and assess but what are schools covertly teaching unbeknownst to themselves? The answer can be known as the hidden curriculum. The hidden …

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  • Making World Book Day Inclusive

    Making World Book Day Inclusive

    Why is it so important to make World Book Day inclusive? Emma Bara explains why and shares a list of inclusive titles to get you started.

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  • Crohn’s Disease, diagnosing my daughter.

    by Gail Crampton Gail Crampton talks about the journey to diagnose her daughter with Crohn’s disease and why it has led her to campaign and write a book to help others. Crohn’s – it started with stomach pains When my daughter, Isabelle, was 6 she began having severe stomach pains, nausea and no appetite. It …

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  • Tube feeding, my experience by Sam

    14 year old Sam shares his experience of tube feeding and how it has impacted on his life. Tube feeding – first an NG tube I was 7 yrs old when I had my first feeding tube, this was because my body couldn’t absorb all of the essential nutrients that I needed in my diet, …

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  • Diagnosing Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

    Hi, my name is Caroline Bailey and I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a rare and difficult disease to spot . I and 48 years old and have been married for 25 years. My 3 children are Samuel age 24, Robyn age 20 and Darcey age 15. I also have a stepdaughter age 37 and 2 step …

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  • Discovering Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes

    Caroline Bailey talks about her journey to discovering she had Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS). When I was a little girl I was a little quirky. I remember walking to school with my brother and my mum saying “if you stand on a crack you’ll marry a bat and a rat will come to your wedding” 😂😂. …

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  • Inclusion Starts with a Smile

    Adam Murphy (Autism Dad) talks about caring for his adult son who is autistic and how inclusion starts with a smile; one woman’s kindness makes all the difference on shopping trips. I’m a 47 year old father of 3 boys. My eldest son has autistic spectrum disorder and learning disabilities. Autism is a word that …

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  • Autism and Accessibility

    by Adam Barrett, Access Social Ltd. Being an older brother I have always been very protective of my little sister. (there’s 4 years difference between the two of us) This protectiveness has definitely been increased to biblical proportions due to her disability. Look at her the wrong way, use inappropriate language in her presence, I’ll …

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  • Helping your kids with social situations

    By Paul Rose, YouTeachMeToo. Have you ever found yourself in social situations that you were not sure how to handle? How did it make you feel? Awkward? Embarrassed? Confused? Angry? Frustrated? It can be hard to understand what other people really mean and expect from you, and it can be just as hard to get …

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  • Reflections on the rewards of supporting refugee children and families

    by Lynne Awbery, teacher of the deaf. A lawyer from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a mother from Sudan, a teacher from former Yugoslavia, an architect from Somalia, a doctor from Eritrea, a teenager from Rwanda, a carpenter from Afghanistan, a trafficked mother from Ghana, a housewife, widow and mother from Sri Lanka….. and …

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  • Because of Indee, we created a community.

    by Jane Allen, Indee Rose Trust In 2009 we sadly lost our beautiful daughter, Indee Rose, after a short illness diagnosed with a DIPG type brain tumour. At only 3 years of age, Indee showed us positivity, strength and her biggest gift was to show us how to stay happy and laugh her way throughout …

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  • Hospital Play Workers, more than just a bit of fun!

    by David Bara You might call them play workers, they are the people who you’ll find doing fun things in the hospital play rooms or who come and visit you by your hospital bed with armfuls of stickers, but did you know their proper title is likely to be Health Play Specialists (in the UK) …

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  • Making changes as a parent by Keighley Miles

    Recently I found out that our local hospital has a CHSWG group (Children hearing services working together) and after attending some working in partnership training with National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) I decided to volunteer to become a parent representative. This means at the meeting I can put the parents’ views across and make the …

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  • Choosing a school for your SEN child by Kate O’Riordan

    Experienced Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), Kate O’Riordan talks about choosing a school for your SEN child. She draws on her experience both as a SENCO and as a mum of a child with Special Educational Needs (SEN). Choosing a school for SEN Finding the right school place for your child is one of the …

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  • From Cancer to SEND – a bumpy journey of acceptance.

    It can be hard to transition from being a cancer family to a special educational needs and disability family. This is one family's story.

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  • Social Situations – teach your child how you want them to react.

    by Paul Rose of YouTeachMeToo There comes a time when you have to decide: accept the status quo or take positive action. For 12 years I worked in UK schools, including a few years as a headteacher. Despite running a ‘successful’ school, I decided I could no longer watch young people being failed. So I …

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  • Visiting the doctor or hospital shouldn’t be that difficult – a few simple changes can make all the difference

     By David Bara MEd PGCE BA(HONS) and UN SDG 3 champion. A visit to the doctor or hospital can be challenging if you are relatively healthy but if you are taking a child or adult with additional needs, have access issues yourself, need to juggle multiple appointments or to plan your transport, etc. it can …

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  • Celebrating autism and neurodiversity!

    For us, there’s so much to celebrate and so much happiness that comes from being around autism and neurodiversity. Richard Nurse, founder of the digital visual timeline app, picturepath, recently asked through Quora ‘why it’s so hard to find the positives in autism?’ Here are some of the great answers he received… “I think it …

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  • What I wish I’d known when I was teaching by David Bara

    When I was a special needs teacher, I thought I knew lots. I was enthusiastic, I went on courses, listened, talked and did a master’s degree in Education. Along the way I had two children (well I didn’t, my wife Emma did). At school, I tried to advise and support the parents of kids with …

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  • I am my mum’s carer by Alfie, aged 6.

    Alfie, aged 6, talks about his role as a young carer, looking after his mummy.

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  • Relationships—the key to an inclusive education by Elizabeth Wright.

    Elizabeth Wright describes her own experience growing up and how strong relationships were the key to her positive and inclusive education.

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  • We Can Access, where did it all start?

    David Bara talks about why he and wife, Emma, set up and how they hope it will help people with disabilities, their families and the professionals who work with them.

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