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Behaviour Clinic  Oct 2015Ever wondered why your child behaves a certain way? Are you experiencing difficulties with sleep, potty training or behavioural issues?

Portsmouth Parent Voice have teamed up with the Specialist Health Visitor Service to enable parents and carers to share their experiences on these topics. Their first topic will be sleep and will be held at The Frank Sorrell Centre, Prince Albert Road, Southsea P04 9HR on Thursday 15th October from 9:30am to 12noon.

If you would like more information please email portsmouthparentvoice@hotmail.com or ring 07825 185608.

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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. 

Please click on the link below to view:

pdfIOY_September_2015.pdf

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Comedian John Williams appeared on Radio 4s Four Thought program where he talked about finding unexpected joy in his autistic son's view of life, despite the inevitable struggles.

"I have learnt far far more about the human condition, and what it truly means to be alive from just being with those with learning disabilities than I have from any eminent teacher or book."

John also writes a blog and has written a book entitled 'My Son's Not Rain Man'

Listen to John's Four Thought here. 

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Earlier this month I spoke to Richard Ingram, a young man with autism who owns his own successful dog treat business. Richard is a great example of a young person with a disability who has overcome adversity to get into work. Thank you to Richard for speaking to us.

To find out more about Richard's business, Charlie's Tasty Treats, go to:


http://www.charliestastytreats.co.uk/

or

https://www.facebook.com/charliestreats28

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Whizz Kids, a charity for children and young people who use wheelchairs, are doing a survey around transport. If you are a wheelchair user then please take a few minutes to complete the survey.

http://www.whizz-kidz.org.uk/get-our-help/young-people/take-our-travel-survey

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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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Last year Dynamite conducted a survey of 143 young people in Portsmouth to find out what they thought of services in Portsmouth for young people with disabilities (including special educational needs). The results are in and they give some really useful information about what it is like being a young person with a disability in Portsmouth.
First of all we wanted to find out how much young people knew about the new SEND reforms which the government brought in last year. We asked whether young people knew about the changes for young people with disabilities. A third of young people did.

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The changes for young people with disabilities are set out in the Children and Families Act, you can find out some more information about these changes here: http://www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/media/510942/yp-consultation-on-cop-16-25.pdf

One of the changes for young people with disabilities is the introduction of the new Education, Health and Care Plans, we asked young people if they had heard about these plans. Quite a lot of young people had heard of them but more than half hadn’t.

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You can find out more about Education Health and Care Plans on the local offer website:

http://www.portsmouthlocaloffer.org/local-offer-search/item/71

The Local Offer is the list of all of the special educational needs services available in Portsmouth. These services are available to everyone even if they don’t have an Education, Health and Care Plan. The Portsmouth Local Offer website can be found at www.portsmouthlocaloffer.org

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We then tried to find out what information was available out there for young people. The most significant thing which we found here was that generally it was very difficult to find information about employment whatever age young people were with less than 50% of young people saying that they were able to find out information about the choices, support and help available to them. We also found that how much young people felt they were able to access this information didn’t change that significantly as between different age groups.

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We then asked which of these areas were important to young people. This was where we saw a change between different age groups. As young people got older Education became less important to them but independence and leisure became more important. This has lead us to have some further conversations with young people about what independence means to them (See my previous blog http://tinyurl.com/q55qofs )

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Finally we asked young people how they preferred to find out about the choices and options available to them and overwhelmingly young people told us that the way in which they would like to find out information by talking to someone in person. Websites and Videos of young people were also popular.

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The results of this survey will be very useful to me in shaping the Young Persons Information, Advice and Support Service and should be useful to all services for young disabled people.

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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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