Forthcoming Events

 

World Alzheimer’s Day

Date: Tuesday 21st September 2021 to Sunday 26th September 2021

Time: 09.00 to 23.30

This year, we’re talking about the power of knowledge.

Learn more about dementia:  World Alzheimer's Month | Alzheimer's Society (alzheimers.org.uk)

By learning more about dementia and understanding changes in memory and behaviour, you and your loved ones can feel empowered to reach out for the help and support you need.

This month, we’re encouraging everyone to know the signs and symptoms of dementia so they can get the right diagnosis and support as quickly as possible.

ADHD Awareness Month

Date: Friday 01st October 2021 to Sunday 31st October 2021

Time: 09.00 to 23.30

ADHD Foundation

The ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity is an integrated health and education service offering a unique lifespan – strength based service, for the 1 in 5 people who live with ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Tourette’s syndrome.

We work in partnership with agencies across all public services and business sectors, to create a paradigm shift in health, education and employment. Working with Government, our partner agencies and service users, we aim influence policy and provision for the benefit of all; reduce dependency, empower and enable the neurodiverse population to achieve their potential and improve life opportunities.

The ADHD Foundation is asking for your support so we can improve access to public services for children and adults with ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Developmental coordination disorder, Tourette’s, and Sensory Integration Difficulties.

Dyspraxia Week

Date: Sunday 03rd October 2021 to Saturday 09th October 2021

Time: 09.00 to 23.30

Dyspraxia at a glance…  Dyspraxia Foundation

What is Dyspraxia?

Movement Matters, an umbrella organization representing major national groups in the UK that represent people with coordination difficulties offers the following definition:

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), also known as dyspraxia, is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. DCD is formally recognised by international organisations including the World Health Organisation. DCD is distinct from other motor disorders such as cerebral palsy and stroke, and occurs across the range of intellectual abilities. Individuals may vary in how their difficulties present: these may change over time depending on environmental demands and life experiences, and will persist into adulthood.

An individual’s coordination difficulties may affect participation and functioning of everyday life skills in education, work and employment. Children may present with difficulties with self-care, writing, typing, riding a bike and play as well as other educational and recreational activities. In adulthood many of these difficulties will continue, as well as learning new skills at home, in education and work, such as driving a car and DIY. There may be a range of co-occurring difficulties which can also have serious negative impacts on daily life. These include social and emotional difficulties as well as problems with time management, planning and personal organisation, and these may also affect an adult’s education or employment experiences.
http://www.movementmattersuk.org/default.aspx

The Dyspraxia Foundation adds to the Movement Matters description, recognising the many non-motor difficulties that may also be experienced by people with the condition and which can have a significant impact on daily life activities. These include memory, perception and processing as well as additional problems with planning, organising and carrying out movements in the right order in everyday situations. Although dyspraxia may occur in isolation, it frequently coexists with other conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, language disorders and social, emotional and behavioural impairments.

The Dyspraxia Foundation also provides support to people affected by verbal dyspraxia (also known as ‘childhood apraxia of speech’) which can occur alongside motor coordination difficulties, or as a separate condition. A definition and information about verbal dyspraxia is provided separately.
Dyspraxia Foundation ( 2015)

World Mental Health Day

Date: Friday 08th October 2021 to Tuesday 12th October 2021

Time: 09.00 to 23.30

10 October is World Mental Health Day

The overall objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health.

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

 

UK Disability History Month 2021

Date: Thursday 18th November 2021 to Saturday 18th December 2021

Time: 09.00 to 23.30

UK Disability History Month is now in its 12th Year.

UK Disability History Month 2021 is from 18th November till 18th December

There will be an online launch on evening 18th November

Our Joint themes in 2021 are:

  • Disability and Hidden Impairment
  • Disability Sex and Relationships

Our aim has always been to:

Celebrate our Lives as Disabled People now and in the past

Challenge Disabilism by exploring our oppression over time and now

Achieve Equality

Currently the Equality Act 2010 defines disability as “if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.”

  • ‘substantial’ is more than minor or trivial,
  • ‘long-term’ means 12 months or more or likely to last 12 months or more
  • a physical or mental impairment impacts on ability to do normal day to day activities and must be judged without the impact of assistive devices, medication or treatment.

UKDHM adheres to the social model of disability in which the barriers of attitude, environment and organisation cause most of the discrimination we face. Such thinking did not exist in most of the past with individuals and their impairments held responsible for the disadvantage and worse. Disabled people experienced being seen as bewitched, evil or punished by God. Disabled people were often viewed as perpetual children incapable of adult relationships.

However, in this era of Universal Human Rights we can look back and reinterpret the mistreatment, resulting from our systematic oppression caused by negative attitudes, ignorance and barriers. Such an examination of the past allows us to recognise what must actively change for disabled people to achieve equality.

International Day for Disabled People - 3rd December

Date: Thursday 02nd December 2021 to Sunday 05th December 2021

Time: 09.00 to 23.30

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWD) is a day which promotes equality for people with disabilities in all areas of society.

This day was first announced by the UN in 1992 with the aim of advancing disability rights and protecting the wellbeing of people with disabilities.

According to the World Health Organisation, around 15% of the world’s population are considered to have some form of disability. But all too often, the needs of people with disabilities are not catered for by the society they live in.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is intended to break down barriers to inclusion and fight for the rights of individuals with disabilities.


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