1Voice - Applications are now open for the 1Voice autumn 2012 event ‘Media Madness’
The event will take place on Friday 21st September to Sunday 23rd September and welcomes children and young people (aged 25 and under) who use AAC, their family and friends to the annual 1Voice Autumn Weekend and take part in ‘Media Madness’ themed activities.
All places are heavily subsidised thanks to the generosity of 1Voice funders. Guests will meet and chat with 1Voice adult Role Models and enjoy an inspiring weekend. Places for both adults and children who are members of 1Voice and use AAC are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
1Voice are looking for volunteers to help plan the activities and help young people enjoy the event. It will take place in Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire.
If you would be interested in volunteering, want to book your place on the Autumn Weekend or would like further information on the event please click here. Or for an application form please email
Action for Children, The Children’s Society and the NSPCC publish research into the impact of the recession on vulnerable families and children
The research repor t- In the Eye of the Storm: Britain’s forgotten children and families - reveals that the most vulnerable children and families are being hardest hit by tax and benefit changes and are also being hit by other public spending cuts. By 2015, the impact of these measures will mean vulnerable families will be £3000 worse off each year. It estimates that by 2015, the number of children living in vulnerable families will increase to over one million with the number of children living in exceptionally vulnerable families set to double by 2015 to 96,000.
To read the full report please click here.
The report calls on the Government to protect children better from the effects of the recession, sharp cuts to public services, and major changes to the tax and benefits system, so children are not put at further risk. Some specific asks the report makes include:
- Integrated policies across government, in particular housing, health, employment, education and welfare, to make sure vulnerable children are better protected
- An urgent assessment of how any further spending cuts, or tax and benefit reform, could impact on children
- A commitment to track and report back on the number of children living in vulnerable families.
Auditory VerbalUK - Recruiting Fundraising and Communications Assistant
Auditory VerbalUK - the national charity which helps deaf children to develop listening and spoken language – is seeking a Fundraising & Communications Assistant to join our growing team. The role is suitable for an enthusiastic graduate. Previous relevant experience is desirable, but we will also consider fast learners looking to start their fundraising and/or charity communications career.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday 8th August 2012.
To find out more or apply for the role please click here.
Communication Matters - Call for Action! Parliamentary Briefing Event to discuss future commissioning arrangements for children and adults who require AAC services and communication aids
Communication Matters are asking supporters to get in touch with their local Member of Parliament (MP) to promote an event they are organising in Parliament in September.
Please click here for a template email ready for you to use. You can find out your local MP and their contact details by accessing the following link and typing in your postcode: findyourmp.parliament.uk
Communication Matters would specifically like to brief MPs on the future commissioning arrangements for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) services and communication aids. Considering that around 0.5% of the UK population may need AAC at some point in their lives (approx. 260,000 children and adults) there is a good chance that this issue will directly impact on the MP’s constituents so they will be willing to support.
Communication Matters is working with supportive MP Virendra Sharma to organise a Parliamentary Briefing Event to discuss future commissioning arrangements for children and adults who require AAC services and communication aids. This meeting takes place from 12.45pm- 2.00pm on Wednesday 12th September 2012 in Committee Room 17 within the Palace of Westminster.
Communication Matters would appreciate your support to get as many MPs as possible at the event to put more pressure on the Government to prioritise this issue!
Contact a Family - Free resource packs for parent groups
Contact a Family’s Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Information Project has produced free resource packs for parent groups. These packs are designed to support parent groups in the work they do around providing information to families. In the pack is a checklist of services that parents may need to know about at different stages in their child’s development.
If your support group would like one of these packs or you would like to find out more about the project, please contact the SEND Information team at firstname.lastname@example.org
I CAN - Secondary Talk – free poster
Secondary Talk is an evidence-based programme that embeds communication in schools.
It supports schools to develop communication approaches responding to their own priorities, unlike top-down school improvement initiatives.
Whether schools have identified issues with behaviour, engagement in learning or attainment amongst its vulnerable groups, Secondary Talk can provide flexible, practical solutions.
Delivered by experienced specialist I CAN consultants, Secondary Talk includes a combination of practical resources and short training modules together with tailored consultancy.
To register for the Secondary Talk newsletter please click here and receive a free copy of What’s Typical Talk at Secondary poster.
You can also find out how schools could save £1,000 on this year’s upcoming Secondary Talk package here.
Signalong - 20 Years of Communicating Choices Conference
The conference will take place on Thursday 20th September and will be held at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. The event celebrates 20 years of work dedicated to opening up opportunities and achievement for children and adults with speech, language and communication difficulties.
The conference will also see Signalong launch its new early language resource. Speakers on the day are set to include Rt Hon John Bercow MP and Anna Reeves CEO of the ACE centres.
The closing date for applications to attend the conference will be 7th September. For more information please click here.