We love the availability of more and more inclusive toys on the market, including the more mainstream manufacturers.
The latest representational doll is the new Sinéad Doll, apparently, the world's first doll with achondroplasia, created in collaboration with the rather fabulous Sinéad Burke.
You can buy the Sinéad Doll and other dolls through:
Toy Like Me on Amazon
Toy Like Me has a great range of toys, not just dolls, and campaigns for greater education and awareness of the importance of representation.
" #ToyLikeMe doesn’t advocate that toy companies should make disabled toys for disabled children per se. We believe ALL children will benefit from incidental disability being positively included in toys. Let’s normalise disability for what it really is, part of the natural spectrum of human life. "
Feedback below from our Snap News Giveaway winner below of Wheelchair Barbie is a great example of how important positive representation is for all children.
My name is Siena Castellon. I am a 17-year old neurodiversity advocate and the author of The Spectrum Girls’ Survival Guide: How to Grow Up Awesome and Autistic.
I recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise enough money so that I can give a copy of my book to the SENCO at every state girls’ school in the United Kingdom.
I hope that my book helps autistic girls to improve their understanding of themselves and their autism, and that it empowers them to see themselves in a positive light. I also hope that my book helps SENCOs and teachers to improve their understanding of what it is like to be an autistic teenage girl and that it enables them to be better able to identify and support their autistic students.
Here is a link to my Crowdfunding page.
We have not one, but two copies of Siena's book to give away!
Simply email your name and a contact number to enter into the Snap Newsletter Giveaway draw! Names will be put into a hat and one lucky winner will be selected. We'll ask the winner for a quick review for next month's newsletter. You must be based in the UK to enter, no cash alternatives.
Meet the double-amputee proving doubters wrong.
Three camps run over the following weekends:
31st July- 2nd August, August 7th-9th August 14th-16th
Click here for more details about Camp Jojo and how to apply
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See the video below for Camp Jojo 2019!
A profoundly deaf primary school teacher in north London has been awarded for her outstanding contribution to teaching.
Alysha Allen teaches pupils at Brimsdown Primary School in Enfield using sign language and lip-reading, and many of the students are now fluent in signing as a result.
She was presented with the Special Contribution Award by the Maths Hub, a national organisation that aims to recognise excellence in maths teaching.ext
S.A.M is a short, coming of age film with a powerful message. The film explores acceptance and how people living with a learning disability can feel about love and sexuality.
19-year-old George Webster, an actor with Down's syndrome, plays one of the main characters. He falls in love with Sam played by Sam Retford who's 20 and from Crewe, and is known to fans of the drama Ackley Bridge.
Sam's brother has Cerebral Palsy and he said the film is fun with an important message but not in a 'preaching' way.
It’s the start of a new year; there are some things you may want to look out for over the coming 12 months as they may have an impact on your day to day lives.
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When Markus was diagnosed with epilepsy and autism as a baby, his mother refused to put him into a care home, despite pressure from doctors.
Inspired by her love, Markus started painting - astonishing his mum with his artistic talent.
Now the 13-year-old's artwork is exhibited around the world, and sells for thousands of dollars.
Only 16% of autistic people are in full-time employment and this needs to change. With small adjustments and better understanding, it could be easier for autistic people to find employment, put their talents to good use and thrive in the workplace.
Download your free World Autism Awareness Week workplace pack full of information, tips, posters, and other resources to help create a better environment for autistic colleagues or yourself. It includes an awareness poster from our ambassador, Chris Packham, an unwritten rules poster and helpful communication cards for meetings.
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