Sex education and the SEN student

This week is sexual health week and the theme is consent. Sexual abuse is more prevalent for those living with physical or learning disabilities so sex education is is even more important.  In 2015, after an investigation from the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme, figures revealed that there had been 4,748 reports of sexual abuse in England against adults with disabilities two years prior. This is a drop in […]

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ILF Scotland opens new fund for young disabled people!

Building on the successful transition from ILF UK to ILF Scotland, the organisation has opened an exciting new fund (totalling £5 million per year) for young people who need support in Scotland. The Transition Fund supports those aged between 16 and 21, offering short term grants to provide opportunities that facilitate their participation and inclusion within their communities. Opportunity Ryan […]

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Makaton: a safety net of symbols for non-verbal students

Imagine not being able to communicate with your friends, peers or colleagues about something important to you. Consider how frustrating it would be not being able to use words to explain a situation. This can be the daily emotions of non-verbal students. CONFIDENCE Makaton allows people of all ages to improve their communication levels in a simple, yet effective, way. […]

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Skoog: the disability-friendly musical instrument

Making music can be a form of self-expression or a way to relax, and musical therapy is a great way for anyone with a disability to communicate. Commended for its inclusivity, Skoog has been created as a musical instrument everyone can play. Once synced with the Skoog app on your phone or iPad, the device allows you to create music. […]

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Beat Bullying

With children with special educational needs and disabilities twice as likely to experience bullying, how can SEN schools tackle the issue? We found out  Bullying is a problem in schools across the UK. The 2017 Ditch the Label report, which surveyed 1,020 young Brits aged 12 to 20, found that 54% of young people had been bullied at some point. […]

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Understanding epilepsy

With the condition affecting one in 103 people in the UK, epilepsy is far more common than you might think – and it’s important that teachers and support staff get clued up on how best to support those affected. We find out more from Epilepsy Action Whether you work in a special education environment or not, the chances are that, as a teacher, you will teach […]

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