Resources – December 2014

Our monthly roundup of links to resources of interest to our members.

Carers UK Discount
Carers UK have arranged a discount of 20% on a range of daily living aids from a high street pharmacy, until 31 December 2014.

Christmas themed activities
Ideas and resources for children and parents, including a prize draw (closing date:  17 December) to win a children’s book, (National Literacy Trust).

Help with fuel bills and keeping warm
A new factsheet, including information on benefits and grants, sources of advice, home improvements and how to avoid disconnection of energy supplies, (Contact a Family).

Early intervention for children with learning disabilities whose behaviours challenge
Recommendations and data from a project carried out by the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, describing what can be done for this group of children.

Babies and Wireless Radiation
Booklet about shielding unborn babies against possible effects from wireless radiation (e.g. from cellphones),  (Grassroots Environmental Education and Environmental Health Trust, New York).

How can new fathers get involved?
Tips for fathers wanting to help care for their babies, (Institute of Health Visiting).

“They still need to listen more”
A report about the rights and concerns of children with disabilities, with recommendations on addressing these concerns,  (Children’s Commissioner, England).

How three young people with disabilities deal with getting bullied (BBC).

Carer’s Rights Guides
Four guides to carers’ rights for 2014/15, one for each part of the UK (Carers UK).

The Puzzle Centre
Charity providing a nursery and outreach service for very young children on the autism spectrum.

“Wait and See” Advice
A recent article in SEN Magazine by the Principal of the Puzzle Centre highlights the prevalence of “wait and see” advice to parents of children who might have ASD, and what she believes this approach leads to (Autism:  rhetoric and reality, by Alexandra Stanyer.

Accessible Britain Challenge toolkits
for organisations and people in local communities to remove barriers to full participation by people with disabilities. (Office for Disability Issues et al.)

University Technology Colleges
List of open or nearly open UTCs (University Technology Colleges), with their locations and the subjects they will specialise in (Dept for Education).

GCSE, AS and A Levels
Timeline of changes to subjects that can be taken by children in England at GCSE, AS and A level between now and 2018.