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NHS Dumfries and Galloway: Service Introduction

NHS Dumfries and Galloway: Service Introduction Health facilitators in Dumfries and Galloway have produced a short animated film to support adults with an Intellectual disability to access mainstream health services.  View the video below: 
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Blog: Dyslexia-friendly churches guide

Blog: Dyslexia-friendly churches guide I’ve written a guide to help churches include dyslexic adults.  It’s available to download here in Word (for reading electronically) and PDF(for printing). It’s for everyone in churches.  It is mostly on how to communicate in a dyslexia-friendly way (in a church context). It’s illustrated throughout, and includes several resources in the appendices. It is published under a Creative Commons License.  This lets you as the reader use any of the material you wish from it in your own resources e.g. on your church website.  You will find details of this on the front cover of
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News: Sainsbury’s and Argos announce national rollout of hidden disability sunflower lanyard scheme

News: Sainsbury’s and Argos announce national rollout of hidden disability sunflower lanyard scheme Hidden disability lanyards to be available in all stores nationwide from 7 October, following a successful trial earlier this year. Sainsbury’s and Argos have announced the nationwide rollout of sunflower lanyards in all stores, to help enhance the shopping experience for customers with hidden disabilities. Following a successful trial earlier this year, the initiative offers shoppers the option to pick up a sunflower lanyard in store, which has been purposely designed to act as a discreet sign for store colleagues that they may need to provide a
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News: Glasgow graphic novelist pens comic to help kids deal with hidden disabilities

News: Glasgow graphic novelist pens comic to help kids deal with hidden disabilities Gary Chudleigh has found a creative way to raise awareness of hidden disabilities. Read the full article on the Evening Times website: www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/17843599.glasgow-graphic-novelist-pens-comic-help-kids-deal-hidden-disabilities/
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Blog: The basic right for social inclusion and ‘moral parity’ through Intensive Interaction

Blog: The basic right for social inclusion and ‘moral parity’ through Intensive Interaction The latest post by Graham Firth’s Intensive Interaction Blog is built on three recent articles published in the journal PMLDLink. These articles all seem to point us to the purely moral arguments that support the use of Intensive Interaction with our learners, service users and family members.  To read the full blog post, visit: www.intensiveinteractionblog.blogspot.com/2019/08/the-basic-right-for-social-inclusion.html
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What’s deoxyribonucleotide in sign language?

In the News: What’s deoxyribonucleotide in sign language? A Dundee student has created more than 100 new signs to help deaf people express themselves when talking about science. To read the full article, visit the BBC News website: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-49057331 
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Minister Praises Inclusive Communication Hub at recent Access Panel Conference

Minister Praises Inclusive Communication Hub! This year’s Access Panel Conference was held on Friday 28 June, at TouchBase in Glasgow. The annual Conference is an opportunity for Access Panel members to come together to share experiences and learn new skills. The Minister for Older People and Equalities, Christina McKelvie MSP,  delivered the keynote speech, where she praised Access Panels for the positive contribution they make to communities across Scotland: “I would like to thank you all and everyone involved in the Access Panel Networks. The work you do as volunteers, working together to improve the physical access and wider social
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Blog: ‘Pablo’, the animated TV series promoting autism acceptance and understanding

‘Pablo’, the animated TV series promoting autism acceptance and understanding Voiced and co-written by amazing autistic talent, it is the first of its kind. 5 ½ year old Pablo uses his creativity and imagination to create an art world where his book animal friends come to life to help him figure out the world around him. First premiered on CBeebies and RTEJr in October 2017, Pablo has taken the world by storm and has been sold internationally to over 10 countries since its release. Creator Grainne McGuinness says, “Pablo is not just a TV show, it is a movement for
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News: New ‘Any Disability’ symbol launched at Commons debate

New ‘Any Disability’ symbol launched at Commons debate Building on the campaign by Grace Warnock, StudioLR (funded by Life Changes Trust) has designed a new ‘Any Disability’ symbol to encourage awareness of people with invisible disabilities. On Wednesday 5 June, Martin Whitfield, MP for East Lothian, led a Commons debate on invisible disabilities and accessibility challenges. The debate in the Commons’ Main Chamber also saw the formal launch a new Any Disability symbol to more accurately represent the full range of people with various disabilities who use accessible toilets and other facilities. The development of the new sign was inspired by the
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Blog: Sense Scotland

Sense Scotland Paul Hart from Sense Scotland spoke at the recent Communication for All conference organised by deafscotland and Disability Equality Scotland. He spoke about trust and relationships being at the heart of effective inclusive communication. He highlighted his belief that communication support needs always lie at the meeting place between people. It is not just one person who has a communication impairment but instead a communication support need can emerge when people meet together. And since as many as 1 in 5 of Scotland’s population described themselves in the 2011 census as having a disability or long-term health condition,
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