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Dene Dunn

Dene Dunn

Hi my name is Dene and I work for Portsmouth Disability Forum maintaining and developing their websites. We are always looking to improve our website and welcome any feedback you may have as this helps us to create a website that is easy to navigate, understand and meets your information needs. If you have any suggestions please feel free to email me (denedunn@blueyonder.co.uk).

Person Centred 2Does your child have a Statement of Special Educational Needs?

Will you be changing to the new Education, Health and Care Plan?

What is a Person Centred Review? Who can help us through the new process?

To find out more on the new Education, Health and Care plan  process, come along on 22nd September from 10am to 12pm or 19th November from 5pm to 6.30pm at Frank Sorrell Centre, Prince Albert Road, Southsea PO4 9HR.

To book your place,  ring: 07825 185 608 or email: ppv@p-d-f.org 

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IOY September 2015 Page 01The September issue of 'Impacting on You' produced by Portsmouth Parent Voice is now available and includes lots of useful information. 

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pdfIOY_September_2015.pdf

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IOY August 2015 The August issue of 'Impacting on You' produced by Portsmouth Parent Voice is now available and includes lots of useful information. 

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pdfIOY_August_2015.pdf

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Did you know, if you the parent or carer of a disabled child there may be a grant you can apply for to help with mobility aids, short breaks, and housing etc. There is a designated website that gives helpful tips and has lots of useful information about grants and how to access and apply for them. Find out more by visiting their website Disability Grants

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July 2015 Impacting on You Page 01The July issue of 'Impacting on You' produced by Portsmouth Parent Voice is now available and includes lots of useful information. 

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pdfJuly_2015_Impacting_on_You.pdf

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May 2015 Impacting on You Page 01The May issue of 'Impacting on You' produced by Portsmouth Parent Voice is now available and includes lots of useful information. 

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April 2015 Impacting on You Page 01The April issue of 'Impacting on You' produced by Portsmouth Parent Voice is now available and includes lots of useful information. 

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February 2015 IOY Page 01The February issue of 'Impacting on You' produced by Portsmouth Parent Voice is now available and includes lots of useful information. 

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pdfFebruary_2015_IOY.pdf

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"Being inclusive and ensuring our children are part of the community is so important, but that doesn’t mean every one of our children will stay in mainstream education. It isn’t a one size fits all system, and to leave Georgia in her primary school would not have been inclusive practice. To be inclusive means to treat all children as individuals, and ensure we meet their needs to enable them to thrive and fulfill their amazing potential."

Reading regularly, as I do, the blog posts from the Special Needs Jungle I came across a guest post from a mother who was trying to make a decision whether to choose mainstream or a special school for her daughter. I found the article very moving and thought I would share it as it may be helpful to other parents facing similar decisions.

To read Michelle Bailey's full story please click on the link below:

http://www.specialneedsjungle.com/a-mums-tough-decision-mainstream-or-special-school-for-her-daughter-with-downs/

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On Monday Tania and Debs from the Special Needs Jungle went to London to meet the Minister to discuss SEND reforms. They raised many of the comments and issues they had received from their readers including:

  • Is it really going to happen? Will the Code of Practice be approved in time?
  • Communication.  So many parents are still being given inaccurate information or told things like “less statements, same needs”
  • Personal Budgets – how was it envisaged that these would be used?
  • How does the DfE foresee the health and care section of the EHC Plans working?
  • Personalisation.  The initial Green Paper was very focussed on person-centred but families feel this has become less apparent as the process has moved on.
  • Teacher Training – as the teacher now has the focus on delivering the outcomes for children and young people with SEN, how would this be achieved?  What training would be available?
  • Culture Change – not all Local Authorities, schools, practitioners are engaging with families and using person centred practices so how do parents approach this?

To read all about their visit and the Minister's response please click on the link below:

http://www.specialneedsjungle.com/meeting-minister/

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