Snap News: August 2019
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The Children's TrustPhoto of book: Acquired Brain Injury in Children

Guide for teachers and school staff

This free booklet and pocket card pack covers acquired brain injury and its effects and how a child can be supported when they return to school. It includes strategies to use and common effects including fatigue, memory, movement difficulties and behavioural issues.

A pocket card provides facts, symptoms, and advice.

Order your free copy here

Blue Badge Parking Scheme

Extended for hidden disabilities

From 30 August 2019, people with hidden disabilities in England will be eligible to access the Blue Badge parking scheme - something which may greatly benefit brain injury survivors experiencing less visible effects of their injury. Disabled badge holders only parking sign

Read more from Headway

Cauda Equina syndrome

Greater awareness needed for this little-known spinal injury


Cauda equina syndrome requires surgery within hours to avoid damage to the bowel, bladder, sexual organs and legs.Photo of young woman lying in bed. Caption reads "I didn't know there was a ticking clock above my head"

And it can be triggered by the most seemingly innocuous of body movements...

Read the full article and hear Catrina's story:

Plastic Bottles Turned into Prosthetic Sockets

Now, this is what we call recycling!Two young men happily show their prosthetic legs with sockets made from recycled bottles


De Montfort University engineers ground plastic bottles down to makes polyester yarns, which were heated and moulded to create the sockets.

The sockets were tested at a rehabilitation charity in India.

The average cost of producing a socket is £5,000, but the university believes using recycled material could reduce the cost to as little as £10 and help tackle plastic pollution.

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Sophie Christiansen

8 times Paralympic gold medalist tells of appalling experience on public transport 

"I went home and I cried. It finally hit me that society is just not going to change to make services truly accessible. I will have to accept discrimination all my life."

2019. In the U.K. Just not good enough.

See video below on Twitter 

This is what happened when I got back last night after
@SW_Help said they told the guard I was on the train.

Sleeping Night RatesSleepining icon and text: National Minimum Wage and Sleeping Nights, an update

Another Update!

It's hard to keep up with sleeping night rates and the National Minimum Wage (NMW). Here's a quick overview of the changes we've seen so far:

Initially (for years): People agreed on a flat rate for sleeping nights. 
Then: Stated that NMW must be paid for all hours whether asleep or awake
After that: This was contested by MENCAP and withdrawn
So it was agreed... A Sleeping Allowance could be agreed, but if even one hour was worked, all shift hours to be paid at NMW
Currently (for now anyway!): A Sleeping Allowance can be agreed but only hours worked paid at NMW.

Read our blog here for full details

TV Alert IconRichard & Jaco Take on the World!

Photo of Jaco and his father Richard. Link to their documentary

Richard Mylan and his autistic son Jaco are going on a journey. Traveling from Wales to America and back again, they explore what it means to be autistic in our world today.

We love the documentaries from Richard and Jaco - giving such a brilliant insight into what it's like to be autistic and be the parent of an autistic child.

Watch on BBC iPlayer

Chris Hallam DocumentaryTV Alert Icon

Photo of Chris Hallam flexing his muscles in the 80'sThe 1980s was a decade of excess, where greed was said to be good - and the hair was even better. 

For Chris Hallam, a flamboyant wheelchair racer from south Wales, it was the perfect moment to shine a light on Paralympic sport. 

Living the life of celebrity brought recognition and the wrath of those blocking his bid to blaze a trail for athletes the world over...

Watch on BBC iPlayer

Jemma Garside - Boyes TurnerBoyes Turner Logo

Do I need to apply for a Health and Welfare Deputyship?

Where a person lacks the necessary capacity to make decisions about their health and welfare the Court of Protection has always preferred to make a one-off decision rather than appointing a personal welfare deputy. However, the recent case of Re Lawson, Mottram and Hopton has offered new guidance on the principles which should be applied when deciding whether it is appropriate to appoint a personal welfare deputy.

Read the full article here


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