Disability - working with children with a disability

Disability -working with children with a disability

Free disability e-bulletin available

The Council for Disabled Children, hosted by NCB, has just released its latest edition of its e-bulletin the CDC Digest. It features the latest in policy and practice relating to disabled children including Q and A on the Children and Families Bill and an analysis of the Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Forum report. To sign up for your free copy e-mail jcrangle@ncb.org.uk  with 'subscribe' in the subject line.  

Look, Smile, Chat

The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) is launching a campaign called Look, Smile, Chat to help deaf and hearing teenagers communicate with each other. The campaign aims to reduce the social isolation experienced by some deaf teenagers by putting hearing teenagers in the shoes of their deaf classmates and giving them simple steps to make communicating easy. Deaf children and young us to take action.

Free resources, including short films, lesson plans and posters have been created to help spread the simple steps that can make a big difference to the lives of deaf teenagers. NDCS is asking organisations to show their support. All the resources and information can be found here: www.buzz.org.uk/looksmilechat  

Network Autism

NAS had recently launched a brand new online community that will connect autism professionals across a host of disciplines, including the research sector. It is the first UK network to provide an online space where autism professionals can engage and communicate directly and access constantly updated and exclusive content. Network Autism is free to join and is open to all professionals who work in an autism-related field. You can register for the network now by visiting

'Managing my way' - a free healthcare toolkit for young disabled people

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) has published some new resources as part of its 'Managing My Way' project. This aims to help disabled young people take responsibility for managing their own health conditions. Managing My Way was an innovative project which aimed to increase the responsibility disabled children and young people are able to take for managing their own health conditions. It was funded by the Department of Health. CDC used the funding to carry out research with disabled young people and health care professionals which looked at the barriers to young people's involvement and the kinds of tools which help to overcome those barriers. It also funded us to develop some new tools. Visit the website to download some of the resources available:

Disabled children to have their say on how their health should be measured by the NHS

National Institute for Health Research
A new project, The Children's Outcome Measurement Study (CHUMS) has received funding of £250,000. The project will help place children with neurodisabilites at the centre of evaluating the NHS care they receive and will also look at how disabled children and young people can report their own opinions, particularly exploring how technology can be used to support this. Click on the link below for more information - the links at the bottom of this page take you to more useful information:

Council for Disabled Chidren

The Council for Disabled Children, the umbrella body for disabled children's sector, has launched a new website. Visit the website to find lots of information and resources.

Guide to help disabled people find adequate transport

This guide from Radar is written by and for disabled people using their real experiences of using public transport. It is the newest in a series of guides. ‘Doing Transport Differently - How to access public transport - a guide for everyone with lived experience of disability or health conditions' has information and travellers' tales to inspire people with lived experience of disability or health conditions to use all types of public transport. You can download the report from:
There is also a series of other useful guides.

Disability Toolkit

The Children's Society have developed a website that includes a toolkit with resources, information and support to help you ensure that young people's voices are heard.

KIDS; WeSail

Provides advice, information and liaison to families caring for a disabled child or a child with additional needs living within the Wakefield district. WeSail provides a range of services to families including transition support.

Jan Bray, Connexions Complex Medical Needs Personal Adviser is based with WeSail two days a week (Mondays and Wednesdays) she provides the key role in terms of transition. The role of Connexions is to provide information, advice, guidance and support for young people aged 13-19 (or up to 25 with learning difficulties or disabilities). As well as help with career choices, support with issues such as health, relationships and housing is also available.

Jan is able to provide support to young people with a disability or additional needs, particularly in relation to transition at 16 or 18 or to those at risk of disengagement from education or employment. Jan can provide information about transition and future options including advice about education, training or employment or adult services. Information about leisure and social activities is also available. Jan is able to link with schools and colleges to advocate on behalf of a young person and to facilitate support from agencies and services where required.
Contact details:
Phone 01924 379015 Fax 01924 377323 Email wesail@kids.org.uk 

Disability Services: An A-Z Guide of What Works

If you manage or commission services for disabled children and young people this guide is for you. It will help you find the evidence that has been gathered by the Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People's Services (C4EO).
This tool will be helpful whichever agency you work in - universal or specialist, third sector or statutory. Your services for disabled children may be multi-agency or delivered through inter-agency arrangements. Now, more then ever you will want to know more about ‘what works' for disabled children and young people so that you can make the most effective use of limited resources. Visit the website for more information:

Speech Bubble

Speech Bubble - technology that gives you a voice. If you need help with spoken communication because of a disability, this website can give you an idea of what's on offer, with details of nearly every communication aid available in the UK - and it's all searchable! Communication aids, software, vocabularies - lots of technology for all ages and abilities both physical and cognitive. Visit the website to find out more.

C4EO Interactive Learning Modules

C4EO have launched three new interactive e-learning modules, focusing on Disability, Schools & Communities and Vulnerable Children. These have been developed to help all professionals working in the children's social services, education and health sectors achieve better outcomes for children and young people. You can view these modules and others at:

Other information regarding children with disabilities can be found here