Five articles that caught our attention this week
As always we’ve been keeping track of articles in the press and social media which are relevant to our area of special needs and disabilities. Here are our favourite five for the week ending 23rd November – see what you think and let us know your views.
1. “I was nervous but I nailed it”: DJs with disabilities take to the air
Online Surrey radio station gives people with disabilities opportunities to develop skills in broadcasting and production.
2. Sorry, I won’t be watching Children In Need – I don’t get off on pity porn
An alternative take on Children in Need (this year with a focus on Disabled Children) asking whether pity and charity are the right way to support children.
3. Autism concern over home schooling rise in Wales
The numbers of children in Wales taken out of school and home-schooled has more than doubled since 2014. NAS Cymru said many of these children are on the Autistic Spectrum and they are worried about off-rolling.
4. Bercow: Ten Years On
Mandy Grist shares some preliminary findings from ”Ten Years On”, a review being conducted by I CAN and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, into the state of provision for children’s speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) 10 years after the Bercow report. Some positive points but much remains to be done.
5. Pupils feel they need to risk their lives to get mental health treatment, warns children’s commissioner
The children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield calls for improved mental health services for children and young people as she leans about children as young as 13 threatening or attempting suicide. She called for funding to be ring-fenced to ensure that money gets to frontline services within schools.