SEND: Places and people

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The places and people me meet can have such an impact on our and our SEN kids lives. 

Often Called Cathy tells us about her experiences when she feels there is no place for disabled people even in the most obvious of places.  Making more places for disabled people is the discussion on the Inclusive Home. They are waiting for RAREfest to start and have set their own RARESolutions challenge for inclusive design.

This idea is something that’s missing for Ordinary Hopes.  She is trying out the ‘reasonable adjustments’ made by her local supermarket, with little success.  However, Brody Me and GDD is highlighting a great achievement.   Tesco are working with the blogger’s campaign to introduce larger size nappies.

Designing things to be inclusive is of course not only about buildings, but also systems and cultures.  First Time Valley Mam tells us of their first term at school.  Ms Advocate Parent however is struggling with the desire for their children to be included schools but it is going to be tough.

This highlights the poor inclusive attitudes which in some ways are echoed by Faith Mummy’s post. It’s listing offensive comments people have made about her autistic family.  Our Autism blog though shows  that this isn’t the case for everyone, everywhere. Indeed she’s finds that despite what she thought, people in school really do care for her daughter.  

And let’s face it, if everyone cared, then that would be the start of making things, places, buildings more inclusive.  With Christmas fast approaching some may find Starlight and Stories post on how to make large family gatherings easier for children on the spectrum.  We’ll certainly be having our iPad at hand!  

That’s all for now, hope to see you again next time for our SEND Round-up. Feel free to get in touch with me and let me know about posts you would like me to consider including.




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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.

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  1. 26 November 2018 / 13:29

    I just popped on for a catch up and realise you’ve included one of mine in this fab round up! Thank you so much!
    Such an exciting achievement by Brody Me and GDD!

    • 27 November 2018 / 14:54

      You are very welcome – we love your content! And yes great news from Brody, Me & GDD. Hope you come back next month to read the Round-up again 😉