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Hi Everyone! There are lots going on with all the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Reforms due to happen soon. Members of the forum are busy working towards the changes, helping to influence what will be known as the "Local Offer", also Personal Budgets and Education, Health and Care Plans (EHC Plans). If you want to find out more about how you can be involved in their local development please contact Amanda by emailing parentsvoice@peoplematteriw.org or telephoning 01983 241494.

You can view a factsheet titled "What parent carers need to know & do" on the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) website about the SEND reforms.


The Isle of Wight Short Breaks Services Statement can be found via the News section of our website.



Consultations

You can find the Isle of Wight Council consultations by visiting their website. You can also view information about their previous consultations, including those which were SEN and disability related.
 
New
Short Breaks
now have their own website pages which you can visit here.

Activities
Visit the WightChYPS website for the latest Short Breaks activity updates.

New
Contact a Family have written a new parent guide The NHS & caring for a disabled child in England which you might find helpful.

Newsletter
KIDS National Inclusive Practice Network
e-bulletin newsletter: September 2013

New
The Isle of Wight branch of Carers UK
now has a new website. Visit the site to find out information and support that is available for local unpaid carers.

Volunteer Independent Parental Supporters
Do you have some free time to offer support to parents/carers who have children with special educational needs (SEN)?

Parent Partnership
provides information, advice and support to parents of children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities. They are currently looking for additional volunteers to join their current team of Independent Parental Supporters (IPS). (Please see here for more information.)

Please contact Parent Partnership Service on 01983 825548 for further details and an application pack. 

Support
For details of the next OCD Support IW meeting please see the Events section of our website.

Support
A new support group for those affected by Tourettes was launched on 8th September 2013. For more information please see the Events section of our website or contact
Emma on 07738772045 or emma@tourettes-action.org.uk.

Newsletter
The Contact a Family e-Newsletter (May 2013) is available to view here.

Support
A support group for adults with ADHD has been lanched. To find out more please visit the Support Groups section of our website.

Activity
Blue Sky Arts - Fun Club
will be held on the 4th Saturday of the month. For more information please see the flyer
 
Website
IW Mencap
have a new website which can be found at www.isleofwightmencap.org 
 
Newsletter
To view the Contact a Family Rare Disorders e-Newsletter (December 2012) can be viewed by visiting here.

News from LINk
You can view a copy of the last e-news from the Isle of Wight LINk by visiting their website here. (Healthwatch has now replaced LINk.)

Activity
A Youth Group (Short Break) based at Newport Youth Café in Lower James Street (ages 13 +), will run on Mondays from 4pm – 6.30pm.  Spaces are limited, so please contact Lesley Forde at FIZ 01983 821999 for further details.
 
Assistance
Ability Dogs 4 Young People
, a newly formed charity, is training assistance dogs for young disabled people here on the Island. To find out more please visit their website www.abilitydogs4yp.org.uk

Website
The Working Families website has a variety of information including rights at work, benefits and childcare for carers of disabled children and adults. You can also view copies of the Waving not drowning project newsletters and e-bulletins. Other publications are also available, including  From child to adult: a guide to disability, transition and family finances.
 
Newsletter
Bridges4Learning

To view their latest B4L newsletter please visit the Bridges for Learning website.

Report

Full results of the first national local authority self-assessment of services for people with autism is now available. You can view the Isle Of Wight 2011 Autism Self Assessment Framework Report by going to The Improving Health and Lives Learning Disabilities Observatory website here.

Activity
For details of the Horse Riding sessions from Short Breaks and Sally's Riding School, based at Nodes Point Holiday Park, St. Helens, please see the flyer.

Local Support
A local ADHD Facebook Support Group has been set up at http://www.facebook.com/groups/adhdsupportiow/ for parents and carers of someone with ADHD, and also anyone affected by ADHD/ADD is welcomed. You can also find out more by visiting the public info page here, or you can view their poster.

Activity
Nettlecombe Farm are holding Short Break Fishing Days during 2013. Please see the Short Break Activity Guide for more details (above).

Activity

Soft play activities are available through the Short Break Programme at JR Zone in Newport.  Please see the Short Break Activity Guide for more info (above).

Local Support
Face 2 Face IoW is a befriending scheme for parents discovering their child has additional needs. Please see here for more information about the scheme.

Activity
Goodleaf Tree Climbling - Special Branch
 offers woodland activities for disabled young people up to the age of 25 who live on the IW. For more information please visit their website.

Activity
Isle of Wight Inclusives Football Club
- all disabilities welcome.
Thursday evenings at Newport Football Club – 5 – 6.00 pm
(Term time only.) Cost £2 per session. Find out more here.

Activity
For information about courses at Bodster Equine Assisted Learning Centre please see their website.

The National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) has been commissioned to write a report by the end of July 2012 showing how to 'clarify and embed into practice reasonable adjustments for people with autism and people with learning disabilities in mainstream mental health services.’ To find out more please visit their website.
 
The Short Break Caravan is designed to offer families a short break and the opportunity for lots of fun at a fantastic holiday park at Lower Hyde, Shanklin.  Close to the beach and town centre, transport links and local entertainment. The caravan is large and wheelchair accessible. It can sleep up to six people. For more information please visit the WightChYPS website.

Symbols Making Sense. This unique reading scheme of more than 40 books is aimed at children and people who need additional support to develop their reading skills. All text is supported by Makaton symbols. Suitable for a wide range of key stages and learning needs. Please visit www.just-special-marketing.co.uk for more information.

Activity Advice
If you would like help to find an appropriate group or activity for your child or young person to attend, please contact Lesley Forde, Information Officer Learning Difficulties & Disabilities, Family Information Zone, 11 Orchard Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1JZ. Tel: 01983 821999, Fax: 01983 530308, Email: Lesley.Forde@iow.gov.uk

Activity

Dance with A Difference Various classes are now available around the Island, please visit www.theislanddance.co.uk and go onto the Dance with A Difference page for all the up to date information.

IPSEA's new On-line Information Service is launched.
Please see News for more information.

Bournemouth AFC and The Rainbow Club would like to invite you to the inclusive sports club for all children with a disability/additional needs, their parents/carers and siblings. Please see Clubs for more details.
 
The Department of Education responds to the consultation on changes to the School Admissions Framework. To find out more please visit the Department of Education website.

As part of their work with Special Educational Consortium (SEC), the National Autistic Society has successfully persuaded the Government to revise an amendment to the Education Bill relating to direct payments. To find out more please visit NAS Education Update.

The first of three NICE guidelines has been published. "Autism spectrum disorders in children and young people: recognition, referral and diagnosis". You can download a copy of the guidelines at www.nice.org.uk/CG128 .

IW Assn for Cricketers with Disabilities are holding sessions for young people with all physical and learning disabilities. Find out more in our Activities section.

IPSEA has launched a survey to find out more about what is happening as schools become academies. To find out more please visit our National Consultations section or visit www.ipsea.org.uk.



Welcome to the Isle of Wight Parents Voice website, run by parents for parents.

Through this website we hope to reach many more parents of children with special educational needs;
 

•providing an opportunity for parents to have their voice heard and influence decisions that directly affect them and their children by informing parents when their ideas and input are needed, by who and how to get involved.

•providing information on a wide variety of subjects, related to special educational needs, from local support groups and activities to national consultations and events.

•providing parents with the latest news on activities and services for special needs children on the Isle of Wight that may affect or be of interest to them and their family.

We aren't professionals and all our time is given voluntarily but we will do our best to provide as much information as possible in a timely fashion.

If you find any problems with the website i.e broken links or inaccurate information please don't hesitate to contact us at parentsvoice@hotmail.co.uk.

Please also let us know if there is anything you would like to see on these pages that would be of help to you as a parent. We can't promise to cover everything but if we can we will.

We hope you enjoy our website but above all we hope you find it useful and informative.

If you would like the opportunity to become more involved with Parents Voice and help us in influencing the future of services for children and young people with additional needs on the Isle of Wight, please Contact Us.

We aim to encourage parents/carers to "have a voice" and play an active role in ensuring their children are provided with the care that they need, are entitled to and deserve.

By getting involved with Parent Voice IW, you can have a voice and influence decisions that affect you and your family on the Isle of Wight.

Gallery Latest News
"The Children and Families Act 2014 is the culmination of over two years work with the views of parent carers at the heart. The new law will introduce a number of changes including a move from special educational needs statements to education, health and care plans."
The government has released a draft version of both the 0 to 25 Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice and regulations for consultation. These set out the detail of the proposed new SEN legal framework within the Children and Families Bill that is currently in Parliament.
Hampshire County Council have put forward proposals to redesign Children's Services on the Island.
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