The Raising Disability Awareness Among Children project is part of our work on Early Intervention. Its aims, project updates and group members can be found below.
To ensure that disabled children have the opportunity to reach their potential by increasing disability awareness amongst children and those working with children.
To increase disability awareness amongst children, and those working with them, by sharing disability awareness strategies with schools and children’s groups. As a result of this we aim to:
- reduce disabled bullying in schools,
- developing friendships and mutual support systems within the classroom,
- increase opportunities for disabled children to reach their potential.
The project has concentrated thus far on pulling together existing resources that might be of benefit to adults working with children. An initial set of resources, pulled together by the group, is available on the resource pages.
The project is now looking to continue expanding this resource bank and seek out ways of promoting it.
23 March 2017 – The Centre for Resolution has provided information on the new education, care and health plans: https://www.centreforresolution.com/education-health-and-care-ehc-plans
September 2015 – A meeting was held this month with new members to discuss developing resource packs. This follows from work undertaken to identify gaps in teachers resource packs.
August 2015 – More members have joined the project group to support pulling together resources that can be published on the NASEN Gateway. Additionally there is scope to work with NASEN to deliver a combined SEN awareness week in November.
July 2015 – The DAA has now signed up as a publisher on the SEND network, (the DfE gateway for resources to schools) and we are currently awaiting approval as a publisher. Once we have this status, the group will be able to publish resources through this gateway.
February 2015 – The project has pulled together materials for use by schools and other clubs. These will be put on a resource page that will be available with the new website.
August 2014 – The project was officially announced.
Chair: Naomi Marek – Sky Badger
Anastasia Jenkins – Dimensions UK
Andy Rickell – ADWUK
Dr Carrie Hodges – Bournemouth University
Charlie Willis – Independent Lives
Chris Smith – Disability Golf Association
Coreen Kelday – Brittle Bones Society
Gillian Archibald – Kidz Aware
Julie Ryder – HearFirst
Mark Wood – Bid
Megan Alexander – Bid
Mick Dillon – The Disability Resource Centre
Parmi Dheensa – Include Me TOO
Patricia Osborne – Brittle Bones Society
Rosemary Frazer – Scope