Jase Mangoes does a Relaxed Performance

Interval time at my first ever 'Relaxed Performance' of anything! It's such a great idea. For those who don't know it's a performance specifically designed to welcome people on the autism spectrum, or those with sensory and communication difficulties, or a learning disability. The house lights are up and you can move and make as much noise as you like without any worries! It's certainly a different challenge but what I really love is how honest their responses are, none of this 'oh we best clap cos it's the end of a song' nonsense. Nope, you get all or nothing and so far they've given us their all and we've give it them back!

Interval time at my first ever ‘Relaxed Performance’ of anything! It’s such a great idea. For those who don’t know it’s a performance specifically designed to welcome people on the autism spectrum, or those with sensory and communication difficulties, or a learning disability.…

Carly’s Silence – from 2015

This was published a while back, so many details cited there have now changed. But still worthy a re-visit:     Carly’s Silence – BLOG  

Recent citation (In Spanish)

This is the most recent citation: Las personas con discapacidad intelectual como investigadoras. Debates, retos y posibilidades de la investigación inclusiva People with intellectual disabilities as researchers. Discussions, challenges and possibilities of inclusive research  

The world needs all kinds of mind

  Transcript: 00:11 I think I’ll start out and just talk a little bit about what exactly autism is. Autism is a very big continuum that goes from very severe — the child remains non-verbal — all the way up to brilliant scientists and…

No Arms No Legs No Worries

One of the most inspiring people I have heard of recently. Nick Vujicic Thank you very much. Guys, my name is Nick Vujicic, I was born in Australia in 1982, moved from Australia to California in the year 2006. And my life story…

Young Adults with Autism – PEERS Social Skills Help

“Our study offers encouraging findings that, through an evidence-based, caregiver-supported intervention, adults with autism can improve in ways that may help them be more successful in these aspects of their lives.” The study, the largest randomized controlled trial to show improved social functioning…

Jada Pinkett Smith suggests boycott of Oscars over lack of diversity [repost]

Jada Pinkett Smith has questioned whether Hollywood figures from ethnic minority backgrounds should boycott this year’s Oscars over diversity. Writing on Twitter, the star of The Matrix Reloaded, Collateral and Magic Mike XXL expressed her disappointment at the Academy’s failure to nominate non-whites…

Kind-hearted workers redecorate residents’ flat – repost

(For once this is close to home. This is a student I work with).  A HAMPSHIRE family have been celebrating in the comfort of their own home after being helped by kind-hearted workers at a Southampton college. Maureen Clarke and her stepson Tony’s…

Cerebral palsy triathlete, aged eight, wins Rollason award – by Kevin Rawlinson

  An eight-year-old boy with cerebral palsy who completed a triathlon unaided was given the Helen Rollason prize at Sunday night’s Sports Personality of the Year awards. Bailey Matthews completed the Castle Howard children’s event – which included a 100m swim, a 4km…

Downloadable resources

Valuing People

Nasen created a summary of the new code when it was still a draft which is helpful in providing a comprehensive overview of the new code. ethesis [PDF]