BlueAssist UK is a new charity to the UK with the aim of promoting the use of the BlueAssist symbol to help people with disabilities to engage with those in the wider community and gain, or maintain their independence. The symbol, a man's head forming the bottom of a question mark above the words Dare to Connect is set on a blue background, just as the commonly seen wheelchair symbol. BlueAssist hope that this new symbol will become as widely accepted as the wheelchair symbol but in this case to mean I have difficulty communicating.

The symbol is used as part of a message system, either on a simple card, or as a smart phone application. The message can be written by the person who will use it or someone they trust, and there is space on the message for a picture or symbol to help the user recognise the message.

This system can be as flexible as the user wants, from holding just a single card with a message such as 'please face me I am lip reading' to the more complex message on a phone 'please can I have a train ticket to Brighton, return with a disabled rail card'; or just 'please can I have a cup of coffee'. Check out the new BlueAssist website at www.blueassistuk.org.uk to find out more, and get involved.

Cloudina

Cloudina is a new suite of applications designed to help people with disabilities to manage their day, make phone calls, organise events and remember actions, and to make requests of others through the BlueAssist Application.

Working closely with the BlueAssist charity they provide a secure cloud based system that allows information to be created on computers, stored securely and then synchronised with the user's smart phone. The system is totally flexible and can be adapted to suit each individual but includes a calendar that can give warnings, has a countdown and each activity is supported by an image to make the days events clearer. It has a simple photo phone list that also has the facility to block numbers at particular times of day, avoiding those inappropriate calls at 3 am.

There is simple photo album that can be used as a shopping list, recipe, what to take reminder list or just information sharing. Finally there is BlueAssist, but with more options than the free BlueAssist Light, or the cards. the bonus from this is that some of the money paid goes back to the charity to make sure the simple version can be free to all who need it.

The costs of Cloudina have been kept as low as possible. There is a central Cloud fee of £6:60 a month then each application is £1:08 a month, pay monthly,no minimum contract
and because we want to make sure it is right for you, try it free for the first month. Check out the webpage www.cloudinauk.co.uk for more details.

Christopher Woodward, of Asperger's Talks has launched a new product called the Social Life Formula - it could be particularly useful for people with high functioning autistic spectrum disorders as well as, in Christopher's words, if you're "shy, socially awkward, a geek or a nerd!"

For full details go sraight to the website at http://sociallifeformula.com/

Life Coach Directory: www.lifecoach-directory.org.uk

Life Coach Directory provides a huge support network of life coaches, allowing visitors to find a life coach in their area and appropriate for their needs. Coaching is the process of guiding a person from where they are to where they want to be, and can address a range of areas from career advice to family guidance.

Coaching can be of great benefit to people that live with ADHD, depression, stress and dyselxia. The website hosts a wealth of information on all four of these issues and where appropriate will recommend Life Coaches with specific experience in the field. To ensure the professionalism of our website, all listed coaches have provided us with qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body.

Please contact us for more information.

In the experience of Maxwell Grant most organisations in the statutory and voluntary sectors that carry out their own cost reduction exercise do not have the required specialist knowledge. Not only is the job time-consuming but it is also complex, requiring detailed up-to-date knowledge of the different suppliers to ensure quality goods and services at competitive prices.

Mark Shearring, Managing Director, personally oversees all contracts to ensure that continuity and a high level of professionalism is maintained. For more information please visit their website at http://www.maxwellgrant.co.uk/

"They saved the Trust over £150,000 annually which equated to a 53% cost saving... I would recommend Maxwell Grant to any organisation seeking to reduce their procurement costs" - Head of Facilities, Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust.

Inklusion Print is the newest and most exciting Print Shop and Internet Cafe in Seaford East Sussex.

2 Brooklyn Road Seaford BN25 2DX, 01323 873501 Email info@inklusionprint.com.

Visit http://www.inklusionprint.com/

Whatever your printing and copying needs, be it photocopying, large posters, promotional mugs and tee shirts, headed notepaper and business cards, Inklusion Print can do it all and more! It is a bright and comfortable airy space in which to catch up with your emails and internet activity using their state of the art Internet Cafe computers. And all of this at great prices too.

Inklusion Print is not just another new business, it is an exciting community based enterprise developed by Seaford Based St John's School and College. Inklusion Print provides new training opportunities for learners as a preparation for employment and supported employment. Whilst training, learners can additionally work towards a range of accredited vocational qualifications and recognition of the development of a range of social, emotional and independence skills.

So by visiting Inklusion Print you not only get a great print job done at a great price but you are helping and supporting this exciting project.


Can Do Courses

Can Do is a professional training organisation focused on meeting your training needs. They provide flexible, affordable training.

Can Do Courses provides businesses and individuals with a comprehensive portfolio of IT, Office and Management skills courses tailored to your needs. Of particular interest to SEEN visitors might be the sessions for teachers and LSAs to work more productively with learners with ADHD in the mainstream classroom.

Please visit www.can-do-courses.co.uk for full details. For the learners with ADHD courses click through to 'Behaviour'. Training dates are also listed here.

 

The Smart Enterprise

Training in disability awareness and specialist support skills

Their training helps you to recognise the potential and the abilities of disabled people, challenges your pre-conceived ideas and identifies the benefits of involving disabled people with your organisation.

The Smart Enterprise Trainers are a specialist Training provider that employs disabled people to provide training which focuses on disability awareness for you, your business and your employees.
• Specialist, practical and interactive training for social care professionals.
• Bespoke disability awareness and equality & diversity training to businesses.
• Mandatory courses pitched at employees with learning disabilities.
• Training and teaching resources for all.
Courses range from a few hours to a few days, and all can be delivered in the workplace or externally.

The P.A. Award
This award is given by disabled people to businesses, services and individuals for a positive attitude and provision towards disabled people and their families or carers within their local community.

Supporting People
The Smart Enterprise offers resourceful solutions to employment, leisure and social opportunities for people with disabilities including;
• Peer Support
• Social Outings and breaks for disabled people
• Training services pitched at accessible levels of learning
• Identifying employment solutions based on individual interests and abilities

Emphasising Abilities
The Smart Enterprise works with businesses, charities and other organisations within the community to increase awareness and opportunities for disabled people.

http://thesmartenterprise.arc-online.net/ Email – info@thesmartenterprise.co.uk Phone – 07989 500164
7, Queen Anne's Terrace, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7HR.

 

SUPPORTED HOLIDAYS IN ANTEQUERA

SUPPORTED HOLIDAYS IN ANTEQUERA offer, as the name suggests, supported holidays in the Antequera region of southern Spain. Every holiday is tailored to meet individual's needs. We can offer a fully inclusive holiday with 24 hour on site care or we can arrange for alternative accommodation for families or those who want to bring a carer along.

Their holidays are designed for learning disabled people of all ages and abilities. Every guest is different, the emotional and physical requirements of the guest is our primary concern and we will ensure that professional care is given. Activies and trips are discussed and an itinerary is made for each individual guest based on their likes and dislikes.

For full details please visit their website.

 

One Vision Life Coaching

Do the people you support have a clear vision of what they want from thier lives? Have they clear, specific goals to help them fulfil their potential and achieve their dreams? Do they have a rounded, balanced life?

Garry Lane and his organisation One Vision Life Coaching specialise in Business and Personal Life coaching, working with people in the Southampton area and the whole of Hampshire. Garry is particularly interested in working with ex-offenders, helping them gain direction in their life as well as assisting them into employment.

For more details please visit www.onevisionlifecoaching.co.uk
Telephone 023 80610836 or 07599 310437

 

Building Bridges Training are based in the West Midlands, and can deliver training anywhere in the UK.

They are an independent social enterprise aiming to make a positive difference to people’s lives by delivering training.  They demonstrate how everyone can contribute towards providing better support and improved services and true inclusion for all. As their name suggests, they want to build bridges so that people with learning disabilities can be more included in their communities.

Training is delivered by people with learning disabilities with support from people without learning disabilities on a variety of topics. They can deliver bespoke training and also put on their own pay per place events.

As well as training, Building Bridges carry out research projects, consultancy, facilitation, peer brokerage for people with self directed support, and user led monitoring and evaluations.

Please visit www.building-bridges-training.org
or telephone 0121 559 9197