|Mental Health – Introducing Toolbox
What is Toolbox? A self-empowering, emotional wellbeing signposting service .
It involves a 60-90 minute one off Toolbox appointment with a Toolbox worker and two follow up evaluations. Toolbox helps an individual become more aware of their emotional wellbeing, identify their own support network throughout the 4 identifiable stages of mental health experiences, Wellness, Illness, Distress and Crisis, and be signposted to helpful emotional wellbeing tools and services.
It is available by self-referral or by referral through an organisation. Toolbox is delivered in all 6 Districts of South Staffordshire:
- Stafford Borough
- South Staffs Distric
- Cannock Chase District
- Lichfield District
- Tamworth Borough & East Staffs (Burton)
Toolbox is not ongoing therapy or counselling, it’s about being encouraged to become more emotionally self-aware and more empowered to make use of every day wellbeing tools and key signposting information in order to gain and maintain good emotional wellbeing. Ideally Toolbox is a prevention service.
To find out more please: Email: email@example.com Or email: toolbox firstname.lastname@example.org Phone Sian West: 07494 273175 Phone Office: 01543 301139 Look at the website www.ssnmentalhealth.co.uk and click on Toolbox.
|Scientists offer autism test hope
Scientists have taken the first steps towards what they say could become a new blood and urine test for autism. Their study tested children with and without the condition and found higher levels of protein damage in those with the disorder. The researchers said the tests could lead ultimately to the earlier detection of the condition, which can be difficult to diagnose.
But experts expressed caution, saying such a test was still a long way off.
Autism affects behaviour and particularly social interaction but it is difficult to spot and is not usually diagnosed before the age of two, and often much later. Currently, there are no biological tests that can spot the condition, which is diagnosed through behavioural assessments by clinicians.
For this new study, published in the Molecular Autism journal, researchers looked for chemical differences in the blood and urine of 38 autistic children and 31 children without the condition, all aged between five and 12. In those with autism they found higher levels of protein damage – particularly in the blood plasma – which they said were associated with ill health.
Read the full article on the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43085023
|Deaf chief executive wins right to challenge Access to Work cap in court
A Deaf chief executive has won the right to question the government’s “discriminatory” cap on Access to Work (AtW) payments in the high court, in the latest legal challenge to the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) disability policy agenda.
David Buxton, chief executive of Action on Disability in London, is one of many British Sign Language (BSL)-users who have been hit by the imposition of the cap on payments made by the AtW scheme, which provides disabled people with funding to pay for some of the extra disability-related expenses they face at work.
Now the high court has ruled that Buxton’s legal challenge can go ahead, with his lawyers set to argue – under the Equality Act 2010 – that the cap breached the public sector equality duty and subjected him to indirect discrimination.
Read the full article on the Disability News Service website: https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/deaf-chief-executive-wins-right-to-challenge-access-to-work-cap-in-court/
|The PIP Files: Senior MP to write to minister over ‘devastating’ revelations
A senior opposition MP is to write to the minister for disabled people to ask how she plans to penalise government contractors Atos and Capita, following last week’s “devastating” revelations about their “shocking” failings in delivering disability benefit assessments.
Stephen Lloyd, the work and pensions spokesman for the Liberal Democrats, said last week’s revelations by Disability News Service (DNS) were “utterly devastating” and raised “serious questions” over the performance of the two outsourcing giants.
Last week, DNS ran three stories revealing fresh evidence of failings by Atos and Capita in how they deliver assessments for personal independence payment (PIP) across England, Wales and Scotland.
Read the full article on the Disability News Service website: https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/the-pip-files-senior-mp-to-write-to-minister-over-devastating-revelations/
|The Lower a Newborn’s Vital-signs Test, the Higher the Risk of CP, Study Reports
The lower a newborn’s score on a test used to assess their risk of developing a disorder, the greater the risk they will have cerebral palsy or epilepsy, a study reports.
Researchers said the findings held true whether infants’ scores were in the low or high range of the 10-point test scale. In other words, newborns with slightly lower scores at the low end of the scale were at higher risk of having the disorders than infants with slightly higher scores. And researchers found the same pattern on the high end of the score range.
The research dealt with the Apgar test, which covers five newborn vital signs. The five should not be confused with the four vital signs doctors usually check in adults — pulse rate, temperature, breathing rate and blood pressure.
Medical professionals perform the Apgar test one, five and 10 minutes after a child is born. It includes their heart rate, breathing ability, skin color, muscle tone, and reflex response. The scores range from 0 to 10, with 7-10 considered normal and 0-6 suggesting a child is displaying less vitality than they should.
Changes in scores between one and five minutes indicate a newborn could be at risk of cerebral palsy or epilepsy.
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|Dates for your Diary…
The Education Show 2018 NEC Birmingham, B40 1NT, United Kingdom
Thu 15 Mar: 09:00 – 17:00 Fri 16 Mar : 09:00 – 17:00 Sat 17 Mar: 09:00 – 16:00
This year we’re bringing the classroom to life! We’ll be sharing the latest practical resources and innovative solutions to make a real impact in your classroom for the school year ahead.
Be prepared to get hands-on… With brand new workshops, demonstration areas and interactive zones, the Education Show is set to be a fun-filled celebration. We’ve got over 225+ exhibitors on hand to walk you through their latest products, along with exclusive (and budget friendly) show discounts. This will be your chance to try new things, challenge students and bring creativity to your classroom.
Over three days you’ll hear from a range of speakers you simply wouldn’t meet on a regular training day. We’re buzzing with excitement at welcoming back Michael Rosen and Darcey Bussell, who’ll give us their artistic take on education. And with practical content galore across the show, you won’t be short of inspiration (or valuable lessons for your lesson plan).
https://www.education-show.com/visiting-the-education-showDisability and attendance management – Hosted by Accenture.
Event details Date: Wednesday 21 March 2018, Time: 9:30am – 2:00pm Address: Accenture, 30 Fenchurch Street London EC3M 3BD
Prices and booking Members and Partners: £200, Non-Members: £300
Price includes a networking lunch and is exclusive of VAT at 20%.
This workshop will provide you with the skills to use reasonable adjustments to minimise the cost of sickness absence and maximise opportunities for disabled employees.
http://businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/networking-and-events/our-latest-events/disability-and-attendance-management/Business Disability Forum Conference 2018
This year’s conference will look at all aspects of disability in the modern workplace, generously sponsored by HSBC.
Event details Date: Wednesday 18 April 2018, Time: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Address: Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0RN
Prices and booking: Members and Partners: £249, Non-Members: £311
25th & 26th April 2018, NEC, Birmingham
Naidex is Europe’s most established trade, professional and public event dedicated to the care, rehabilitation and lifestyle of people with a disability or impairment. This esteemed event returns for an unprecedented 44th year, and will propel the industry into the future of inclusion, accessibility, empowerment and efficiency.
Showcasing 300 cutting-edge exhibitors, live demos, 1-2-1 advice, world-class CPD accredited seminars and unparalleled networking opportunities, Naidex is a hub of innovation in the disability community, bringing the entire industry together under one roof for two unforgettable days.
Naidex is completely free to attend and welcomes groups, families, colleagues and friends. If you are looking to further your knowledge of disability and the wider sector, buy the most innovative products available in the global market, and network with over 12,000 like-minded individuals, register now for your free ticket on the Naidex website: http://www.naidex.co.uk/
Dave Pollot is a US painter who brings new life to old and forgotten art. He buys thrift store paintings and perfectly “enhances” them with pop culture symbols, giving a cool, nerdy spin to what’s dusting away inside cracked frames.
Before focusing on repurposing discarded thrift art, Dave painted more ‘serious’ architectural paintings and landscapes. Now, however, he’s completely devoted to his new passion.
“Concepts range from pop culture to dada themes. What was once destined for a landfill is now an appreciated piece of art and conversation piece.” Luckily, it’s still an ongoing series so there should be more of these to come!
See you next month!