Black and white head shot of Sally BrittonThe start of 2021 has seen the focus on the various COVID-19 vaccines. Clearly, there is still a long way to go, but we are hearing on a daily basis more and more people, including support workers and clients able to get the vaccine, which is welcome news. 

This newsletter includes the video, Learning Disabilities and the COVID-19 Vaccines. Deborah Gundle co-founder of www.jweb.org.uk asks Dr. Danny Douek, Chief of Human Immunology at the Vaccine Research Centre, audience questions. Well worth a watch. 


With all best wishes, Sally and the team at Snap 

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January saw the start of our Wednesday Webinars. 

Makaton Tutor Libby, from Hands Aloud has run two Makaton Moment demonstrations, one which focused on COVID-19 signs, symbols and concepts and one on the benefits and considerations when using Makaton with storytelling. 

Lydia Dunsford from Boyes Turner answered questions on Section F of an Education Health Care Plan.

We are delighted that both Libby and Boyes Turner will be joining us for future Wednesday Webinars, and we have some other exciting hosts and subjects planned throughout the year. 


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Learning Disabilities and the COVID-19 Vaccines - your questions answered. 
Your questions answered by Dr. Danny Douek, Chief of Human Immunology at the Vaccine Research Centre where the Moderna vaccine was invented (licensed by Pfizer).

Quad Gods:

The world-class gamers who play with their mouths

Chris Scott's quadstick allowed him to play video games with his mouth. Shows bearded Chris Scott blowing into quadstick

Chris Scott was falling towards the ground above Long Island, New York, when he realised that something was wrong.

When he woke up 11 days later it was early August 2014 and doctors told him he had broken his neck. He was paralysed from the shoulders down and lucky to be alive. "I was a light beam away from death," he said.
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Katie Price's candid BBC documentary Harvey and Me praised


A BBC documentary following reality TV star Katie Price and her disabled son Harvey has been positively received after airing.

Katie Price: Harvey and Me charts the difficulties the pair face as he enters adulthood - including crucial decisions over long-term care.

Price previously told the BBC the decision to move Harvey to a specialist college was "terrifying".

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Amanda Gorman

Youth Poet Laureate has speech and auditory processing issues

Amanda Gorman delivers her poem at President Biden's inauguration
Can you be a poet if you have speech and auditory processing issues? The nation’s first Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, is living proof that you can.

Gorman has always had a love for words. However, the path to becoming a poet wasn’t easy.

Both Gorman and her twin sister were born prematurely. Their mother, Joan Wicks, feared they might have physical and developmental issues because of their birth complications.

Gorman was diagnosed with an auditory processing disorder in kindergarten. She also has speech articulation issues that make it difficult for her to pronounce certain words and sounds.

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Charlene Hughes, Associate Solicitor


Mental capacity is the ability to make decisions for yourself.
The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 is a law in England and Wales designed to protect and empower people who may lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions. It applies to people aged 16 and over. There is a Code of Practice which provides additional information about how the MCA works in practice.
Examples of people who may lack capacity include those with:

  • A stroke or brain injury
  • A mental health illness
  • Dementia

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BBC Two, Silenced:

The hidden story of disabled BritainPhoto of Cerrie Burnell who uncovers the shocking story of how disabled people in Britain were shut out of society for decades – and how they fought back.

For more than a century, one group of people in Britain has been shut out of society, denied basic human rights and treated with fear and prejudice.

Now, in this shocking, moving film, writer, actor and presenter Cerrie Burnell is going to uncover the hidden story of how disabled people fought back – and won their freedom.

Watch now on iPlayer

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Is Little Bear ignoring his friends, or is something else going on?

The debut children's book from Ted Hughes award-winning poet Raymond Antrobus that tracks a father-and-son journey into the discovery and management of deafness.

Raymond draws on his own experience to show how isolating it can be for a deaf child in a hearing world. But through his lyrical and moving words, matched with Polly's stunning imagery, he also shows how many ways there are to communicate love.

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Paralysed Man Scales Hong Kong Skyscraper

Lai Chi-Wai raises HK$5.2 for spinal cord patientsLai Chi-Wai scaling the Hong Kong skyscraper in his wheelchair. Shot from above to show just how high he is!
 

Lai Chi-Wai, who became paralysed after a road accident ten years ago, climbed 250 metres (820ft) of the Nina Towers building.

Before his accident, Lai Chi-Wai was a rock-climbing champion in Asia and eighth best in the world.

He said that "knowing there was a possibility...that I could be a climber again, I found some direction in life".


Read more and watch Lai Chi-Wai in action!

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