Snap team out on their Christmas night out under a giant baubleSeason's Greetings! 

The team at Snap would like to wish you and your family all the very best at this festive time, and for a very Happy, healthy 2020!

Opening Hours over the festive period:

Monday 23rd, 9.00am to 5.30pm
Tuesday 24th, 9.00am to 3.00pm
Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th, closed
Friday 27th, Monday 30th, Tuesday 31st skeleton cover, email communication only
Wednesday 1st January, closed
Thursday 2nd, usual service resumes!

Wheelchair Barbie Samantha Renke holds up the new wheelchair Barbie

Finally, Samantha Renke gets her Barbie!

At last, the mainstream toy industry is joining in and producing toys which are relevant to disabled children, as Samantha says, authentic representation is key!

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Wheelchair Barbie available on Amazon

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Win a Wheelchair Barbie!

Snap has one Wheelchair Barbie (Blonde in Samantha's honour!) tor a Snap News reader to win! 

Simply email your name and a contact number to enter into the 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 

BBC Pledge 

More "authentic and distinctive" representation of disabled people on screen

Photo of a group of disabled actorsThe corporation has announced a string of new shows and said there will be an "enhanced portrayal in existing programmes".

New commissions include a "deeply personal film" from BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner.The Last Leg's Alex Brooker will tackle "the true nature of his disability for the first time" in Disability And Me

Read More Here

(This month's Motability magazine has an interesting article about disabled actors. (As Sally from Snap read all about while waiting for a tyre change in Kwik Fit!)

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Fire Songs 

Frozen Light create an immersive sensory sound experience for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), performed in collaboration with a local choir. 

In the embrace of choral harmonies, the audience join Frozen Light on their latest sensory exploration. From a soulful connection around a campfire, travelling into the celestial music of the cosmos itself, audiences will experience a whole new world of awe and wonder.

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Stephen Wiltshire Calendars

Autistic artist's amazing city scenesRachael holds up the new Stephen Wiltshire calendar for the Snap office

Stephen Wiltshire is a talented artist who has an amazing ability to create lifelike, accurate and incredibly detailed drawings of cities.

Stephen has produced some wonderful cityscapes which are often drawn after only having briefly observed them. He studied Fine Art at City & Guilds Art College and was awarded an MBE for services to the art world in 2006. 

We love Stephen's drawings - here's Rachael with our Snap office copy!


Read More And Order Your Copy Here

National Autistic Society Christmas Tips!

For individuals, family members and professionalsCartoon character reading National Autistic Society's Christmas Tips

Christmas can be an exciting and fun time for many of us, but new activity can be overwhelming - particularly for some autistic people. However, with good planning and communication, Christmas can be enjoyed by all.

With the help of autistic people and their friends and families, the National Autistic Society have put together a list of tips for the festive period. 

Download The Tips Here

BABICM Manchester

Case Managing with Curiosity and Creativity 

At the beginning of the month, Jade and Sally from Snap had a really interesting time at the BABICM conference. The speakers were all excellent and so informative and engaging. Very interesting points were discussed around how creativity and 'thinking outside the box' could enhance and enrich the client's situation. Photo taken at BABICM conference quoting the balance between risk and regaining activity

Examples ranged from trying alternative therapies such as reflexology, joining a client in mucking out horses to demonstrate she wasn't being asked to do something the case manager wouldn't do, or taking a client outside for a walk when a tricky situation needed to be discussed (reducing the intensity). 

Creative ideas have to be weighed up against the potential risks, but it was very thought-provoking to think about how different approaches can create much more personalised support.

There was so much fascinating information provided that day it would be impossible to write about it all - but a theme than ran through the day (which we were very pleased to hear acknowledged), was about the important job support workers do, the 'hidden glue' in a care team, and how beneficial it was for a case manager to also have previous experience as a support worker. Tweet about valuing support workers

A truly informative day, we had the opportunity to meet new professionals in the industry and wonderful to catch up with case managers we know very well - including the first case manager Snap ever worked with back in 2002 (Hello Carol!). 

Read More Including Speakers List

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More to come in 2020!

Boyes Turner will be back in 2020 with more articles on disability-related issues.

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
Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!


Share Your Top Xmas Tips!

Christmas image with a smiling snowmanChristmas is just around the corner and before we all know it, it'll be THAT day again, so do you have any pearls of wisdom or top tips on how to survive all aspects of Christmas this year?

From dealing with the change in schedule for your children and keeping up with their expectations, to coping with countless visits to and from relatives - Contact would love you to share your Xmas survival tips to help other families keep it together over the festive break.

Join the contact online community here

Bee Cafe - Abu Dhabi

Only Employing People of Determination!

Photo of staff at Bee Cafe who are all disabled
There’s a lot to love about The Bee Cafe, a breezy space located within Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination in Abu Dhabi – from the mod-con interiors to its coffee. But it is undoubtedly the candour of its staff that makes this cafe truly special.

The Bee Cafe, which had its soft launch earlier this month, is the first cafe in the UAE to be run entirely by people of determination.

The establishment currently employs six members of staff who have gone through barista, customer service, and hospitality training since the start of the year, enabling them to do everything from taking orders and making and serving a range of speciality coffees, to socialising with guests.

Read More Here

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Autism Professionals Conference 2020

27-28 February 2020, Birmingham

This annual two-day conference is a unique opportunity for professionals to share knowledge and experience. Join us to hear the latest information from autism experts and gain insight from case studies.

Prof Emily Simonoff, Dr Felicity Sedgewick, Dr Jacqui Shepherd, and other leading experts will discuss key topics, including these fantastic specialist sessions:

  • “The presentation of mental health in autistic people”
  • “Children at risk of social exclusion: building capacity in local schools or support services through a system of mentoring and support”
  • “Autistic women’s friendships through life: how the research supports lived experience”
  • “Supporting LGBTQIA+ autistic people”.

Read More Here

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