News from CDA

April 2017

Children Will Shine dates for the Summer term

Children Will Shine, the Literacy Support Workshops provided by the Croydon Dyslexia Association will be starting back on Saturday 22nd April, with Key Stage 3 session running from 9.30 am to 10.45am, and the Key Stage 2 session running from 11.15am to 12.30pm.  For full details go to What Does CDA Do?

Croydon Dyslexia Association Newsletter

The January edition of the CDA Newsletter is available here.

The April edition to follow shortly.

 

January 2017

Children Will Shine dates now available for the Spring term

Children Will Shine, the Literacy Support Workshops provided by the Croydon Dyslexia Association will be starting back on Saturday 14th January, with Key Stage 3 session running from 9.30 am to 10.45am, and the KS2 session running from 11.15am to 12.30pm.  For full details go to What Does CDA Do?

August 2016

Special needs pupils lack crucial support, poll suggests

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-37047055

  • Too many pupils with special educational needs and disabilities in England lack crucial support, a poll of education staff suggests.

  • More than 80% of almost 600 staff, who responded to an ATL – Association of Teachers and Lecturers – poll, said some pupils were being failed.

  • Ministers should provide “significant and immediate” extra cash, said ATL General Secretary Dr Mary Bousted.

  • The government said it wanted all children to reach their potential.

The statements above introduce a BBC News item on a recent survey carried out by the ATL union. For many years the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) has been campaigning for dyslexia training to be made compulsory on all Initial Teacher Training courses. If those with mild-moderate dyslexic difficulties had their needs met in mainstream classrooms by such trained teachers, then maybe funding could be found for those with more severe difficulties.

Free Training IS available!

There are a series of free Train the Trainer events funded by the Department for Education in England, running from September 2016 until January 2017. Together with Dyslexia Action, Helen Arkell and Patoss, the BDA are delivering ‘Teaching to Neurodiversity, engaging learners with SEND’ training for primary, secondary and post 16 education.

To learn more http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/common/ckeditor/filemanager/userfiles/TeachingforNeurodiversityflier_August_2016.pdf

To book please go to http://neurodiversitytraining.eventbrite.com

 

 

Help us to improve Home Office online services

Our helpline has been contacted  by Home Office Digital, which builds online services such as renew your passport and registered traveller.
The team focuses on provision of accessible and inclusive services and technology to customers. To fulfil this aim, it is important for them to understand the needs of people in the community in order to build online services that work for them.To be able to do this, they conduct research with various participants, including people with dyslexia.
 
Ideally, Home Office Digital would like to build a bank of people to contact whenever they want to check the accessibility of a new online service.
 
Below is some information to explain how interested participants can contact the Home Office Digital team.

 

Would you be interested in being a part of a user research panel, to help us make sure that people with access needs/disabilities can use our services? This is a chance to help improve government services.
 
Who we are and what we do
The User Research & Design Team is here to improve Home Office services, but we need your assistance to make that possible.
 
Our work involves talking to users of Home Office online services so that we can find ways to make those services better for them. We usually do this by asking people to try out a new website or service we are building. We use their feedback to help us make improvements as we go along and we typically provide £40 in shopping vouchers for an hour’s research, or £20 for half an hour.
 
Your details will be stored securely and reviewed after 2 years and everything we cover in our research is confidential and anonymous. It will only ever be used to inform the redesign of our services, and never for any other purpose. All our research is carried out in accordance with the Market Research Society’s Code of Conduct and you can opt out at any time.
 
We really want to talk to people who have:
* access needs, including: dyslexia, deafness, impairments or mental health conditions
* difficulty with or do not like, using the internet.
 
How you can help
If you are interested in taking part in future research, please send an email to   access@digital.homeoffice.gov.uk  and tell us:
 Yes, I want to help
 My access needs are…. (if any)
 I use……..special software or equipment (if any)
 I prefer to be contacted by…… (telephone/ email/ text message)
 My preferred contact details are…..
We will then contact you at some point when we have research coming up.
 
We hope to talk to you soon.

 

June 2016

Petition to reinstate allowances regarding spelling for pupils with dyslexia

A petition has been launched to reinstate allowances regarding spelling for pupils with dyslexia and the British Dyslexia Association welcomes and encourages all of our members and supporters to sign it. Thousands of children with dyslexia will be marked as failures under the government’s controversial new primary writing assessments. Pupils will be expected to spell almost 200 words on government wordlists if they are to reach the ‘expected standard’ for writing at the end of Year 6. No allowance will be made for the tens of thousands of pupils with dyslexia.     Please visit the site to show your support and add your name to the petition  https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/124352

 

Awards for Dyslexia Champions in the 2016 Birthday Honours

 CDA sends its congratulations to:
  • Margaret Malpas, Joint Chair of the British Dyslexia Association (BDA).  Margaret has been awarded a MBE for Services to Education
  • Professor Maggie Snowling, former BDA Vice President.  Maggie has been awarded a CBE for services to science and the understanding of dyslexia
  • Margaret Rooms, Head of Units of Sound Development for Dyslexia Action.  Margaret has been awarded a MBE for Services to Education
  • Professor Susan Gathercole, BDA International Conference contributor and research psychologist into working memory deficits in children. Susan has been awarded an OBE for services to science and the understanding of dyslexia

 


More information about CDA?

Email: CDAhelpline@hotmail.co.uk

Phone: 0333 111 00 66 (evenings and weekends until 9pm)

Website: https://croydondyslexia.wordpress.com

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