Map Covid-19 Help with WeCanAccess.com
WeCanAccess.com has introduced a new Covid-19 Help icon that can be used to show local businesses, charities and other organisations that are able to provide help to vulnerable people in your local area. Read below for more information….. A global crisis The world is in the midst of a truly global crisis and it is …
March 25 2020Read Blog
Join our Gallery of Feelings
WeCanAccess.com is creating a Gallery of Feelings to share how kids and adults with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are feeling about the current Covid-19 crisis. It’s vital to express feelings We know how important it is to allow your children to talk about their feelings. It is even more vital now at this …
April 2 2020Read Blog
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 …
April 1 2020Read Blog
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 …
March 30 2020Read Blog
Teaching SEN kids at home
Kids with Special Educational Needs (SEN) often require extra attention and can’t learn independently. During this Covid 19 crisis, we suddenly need to become teachers as well as parents! It can be tough teaching at home, but teaching SEN kids at home can be especially challenging. ‘But we’ve always been teachers!‘ I hear you cry. …
March 28 2020Read Blog
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 …
March 26 2020Read Blog
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 …
March 17 2020Read Blog
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 …
March 9 2020Read Blog
Rodney, the hare that didn’t care (but he did really)
by Gail Crampton It started with Crohns Rodney Meadow-Hopper, The Hare Who Didn’t Care (but he did really), was released at the end of 2019. My daughter, Isabelle, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. It was her illness and our experiences led me to write the book to raise awareness of invisible illnesses. Watching children struggle …
March 4 2020Read Blog
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.
March 2 2020Read Blog
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 …
February 24 2020Read Blog
Making World Book Day Inclusive
Emma Bara talks about why making world book day inclusive is so important and compiles a list to get you started! Recently, I attended a meeting at my daughter’s school, which has a special unit for hearing impaired children. On the agenda was World Book Day and how it could be made more engaging than …
February 20 2020Read Blog
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 …
February 16 2020Read Blog
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, …
February 12 2020Read Blog
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 …
February 6 2020Read Blog
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” 😂😂. …
February 3 2020Read Blog
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 …
January 28 2020Read Blog
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 …
January 22 2020Read Blog
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 …
January 11 2020Read Blog
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 …
January 8 2020Read Blog
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 …
December 30 2019Read Blog
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) …
December 21 2019Read Blog
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 …
December 18 2019Read Blog
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 …
December 14 2019Read Blog
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 …
November 27 2019Read Blog
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 …
November 24 2019Read Blog
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 …
November 21 2019Read Blog
What I wish I’d know 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 …
November 14 2019Read Blog
I am my mum’s carer by Alfie, aged 6.
My name is Alfie and I am 6 years old. When God made my Mummy he forgot to give her one of the bones in her back and taught the soldiers in her body to fight the good things in her body instead of the bad things in her body. This means that she is …
November 9 2019Read Blog
Relationships—the key to an inclusive education by Elizabeth Wright.
The moment that I was born my parents had to think about my education. They had to consider a multitude of aspects— what type of education they wanted for me, how to get the best education for me, and which school would be the best school to send me to. There was an urgency to …
October 13 2019Read Blog
We Can Access, where did it all start?
When did the magic moment for We Can Access come to my wife, Emma, and I? We were driving back from a family holiday in France, in early August in 2018. Our daughter is a brain tumour survivor with multiple access issues, she was 8 ½ at the time. Her older brother was and is …
September 26 2019Read Blog