SEND Round-up: Awareness & acceptance

It’s been a busy month for SEND Bloggers. If nothing else, we’ve had the Easter break and that can be challenging for many of us as routines are changed or we try to get out somewhere. Not that the weather has been on board much for that!

And in some cases, that’s down to a lack of awareness or acceptance of our kids. So perhaps it’s fitting that there have been a variety of awareness events in the last month, here’s a few.

In March was World Down Syndrome Week which is orientated around World Down Syndrome Day on 21st March. The significance of the date 21/3 is to signify the additional 21st chromosome. As Sharon says on her post on Mummy’s Gin Fund ‘My kid has more chromosomes than your kid.’ 

Down Right Joy talks about the changing landscape for her family and daughter with Down’s Syndrome. Down in Front is grateful for those at the forefront of this change.  As perhaps, Downs Side Up is one of those as she talks about what she brings to the community and why inclusion really matters.

When April hit so did autism awareness campaigns (various). There’s plenty of stats out there, people know autism exists – but they don’t always recognise it, know what to do or accept it.

To Aufinity and Beyond is fundraising for SPACE for WAAW and Starlight & Stories talks about her wish for the week too.   Steph’s Two Girls has been helping those with a specific type of autism called PDA with some book suggestions  and Starlightmckenzie produces a position statement on a well-known and often misunderstood therapy called ABA. 

It’s often the everyday actions of ASD kids that are misunderstood. Spitting Yarn talks about how her son is on a bus because as A Curious Journey says ‘Think you know autism? Think again.’ 

There are various opinions about the different campaigns and Spectrum Mum makes an interesting post about why she in fact is not joining in World Autism Awareness Week.  But ultimately, like me and many others, she feels that bloggers are raising awareness in an important way through what they (we) do. And hopefully the more people that see autism for what it is, and indeed Down Syndrome, the more acceptance we will all have.

If there’s an awareness day you’d like me to highlight, do drop it into the comments below.

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About Ann .

“Rainbows are too beautiful,” said Anthony. “I just can’t look at them.” Ann says her son’s statement characterizes so much about how her autistic and neurotypical family interacts and interprets the world in their own wonderful way.

Originally a PR and marketing professional for the third sector, Ann now does some lecturing in this topic but spends most of her time being a full time mum and sharing her experiences through her award nominated blog. Ann’s three kids attend different schools and have multiple diagnoses including Autism, ADHD, anxiety and more. Ann is a Trustee on a local disabled children’s charity and speaks at SEND conferences and consultations.


  1. 23 April 2018 / 11:52

    Thanks for including my post! Very busy in SEND blog world at the mo, which is great of course!

  2. StarlightMcKenzie
    23 April 2018 / 12:08

    Thank you for including my blog. Much appreciated. ABA is not at all controversial if you actually understand it and what it is and recognise it as a way to ensure good teaching.

  3. 23 April 2018 / 22:02

    Thank you for another inspiring round-up full of wonerful new blogs to read, but also for including Downs Side Up.

  4. 23 April 2018 / 22:53

    Thanks for including my post, among some of my favourite and inspirational bloggers!

  5. 26 April 2018 / 09:38

    Thank you so much for including my post. Looking forward to reading the others mentioned on here too.

  6. 03 May 2018 / 22:05

    Ann – could you highlight Undiagnosed Children’s Day next month do you think? It was 27th April and I know some of us wrote posts for it. Cheers xx