Inclusive Toys 

We love the availability of more and more inclusive toys on the market, including the more mainstream manufacturers. Sinead Burke shows the new Sinead Doll to celebrate Dwarfism Awareness Day

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.
@TheSineadBurke

Prosthetic BarbieYou 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. 
 

The Spectrum Girl’s Survival Guide: Book cover image the spectrum girl's survival guide

How to Grow Up Awesome and Autistic

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.

Siena Castellon
Here is a link to my Crowdfunding page.

Enter to win button, red

Win your own copy of Siena's book!

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. 

The Snap Newsletter Giveaway Review 

Joanna H wins Wheelchair Barbie, now known as Grace!Kirstie plays with Wheelchiar Barbie
 

The wheelchair Barbie Doll I won through the Snap Newsletter draw, was given to my 8-year-old granddaughter Kirsty, she absolutely loves it! Kirsty herself has no disabilities but has a stepbrother who’s 5 years old and has spina bifida, and will always be in a wheelchair.

It's great a mainstream child wants to play with dolls like this Barbie, it helps them know about disabilities. I myself grew up with my mum in a wheelchair with MS. Kirsty continues to play with Barbie along with her other dolls each weekend when she comes here, although she's renamed her Grace!  

Here's a photo of a rather camera-shy Kirsty!
Joanna H                   See the live draw on Twitter!

Darren 'Swifty' Swift

'You can't snowboard without legs' 

Meet the double-amputee proving doubters wrong.

Volunteer with Camp Jojo!Camp Jojo Logo with tree

Applications now open for 2020!

Camp Jojo gives 6-7 families with children with complex needs, the opportunity to camp for 3 days under canvas on a specially adapted campsite on Ivy Farm, East Mersea, in Essex, with whatever accessible equipment they require.

Camp Jojo is named after a very special little boy who loved nature and who we had the good fortune to know very well. Jojo's memory lives on through this wonderful annual event.

If you'd like to volunteer this year, applications are now open!

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
(Make sure you download the form first, then complete and save)

See the video below for Camp Jojo 2019!

Camp Jojo. Accessible camping for families of children with complex needs. A magical place with specialist support where everyone is valued, memories are made, friendships forged, new experiences tried and 'Everybody Can'.

Special Contribution Award

Enfield deaf teacher Alysha Allen's outstanding contribution award

Photo of teacher and child
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
 

Hear Alysha's interview

ITV News - S.A.M

A new coming of age film S.A.M explores love and acceptance

Photo of two of the film's characters by swings in a playground
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.
 

Find out more here on ITV
Follow the film's progress on Instagram

Charlene Hughes - Boyes TurnerBoyes Turner Logo

Things to look out for in 2020!

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.

Including:

  • Universal Credit
  • Hospital parking
  • Council tax
  • National wage increases
  • National insurance
  • Inheritance tax
  • Liberty Protection Safeguards

If there is a particular area you would like to know more about or if you would like to speak to one of our  specialist team then please contact us at cop@boyesturner.com
 
Read the Full Article Here

BBC News

The autistic Russian teenager amazing the art world!

Photo of staff at Bee Cafe who are all disabled
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.
 

Find Out More Here

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Free Workplace Pack

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.NAS Workplace Pack Images

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.

Sign up for your Free Pack Here

Something to share in Snap News? 

We'd love to hear from you! 

If you have a favourite video clip, app, website, book, local SEN provision, inclusive activity, new technology or equipment.. why not send us the details so we can share in Snap News! 

Send your nuggets to jackie@snapcare.co.uk or call Jackie on 020 7729 2200 
 


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