Another week, another dyslexia and SpLD professionals’ event!
Last week, the students in our house went back to school and university, but only one of my groups of students had started back after the Easter break. This meant that I had the luxury of time to attend the British Dyslexia Association’s 11th International Conference. Continue reading
The last week has seen a lot of autism-related reporting in the national press, on social media and on television and radio. And yet, we still need to raise awareness, we still need to ensure that acceptance is something that can be taken for granted and that accommodations and reasonable adjustments will happen as a matter of course. There are some amazing people out there campaigning publicly on the national and international stage, and yet you could go into a cafe, a library or even a school and find people who simply don’t realise that they have a part to play in this. Continue reading
I have to admit that after a fortnight including the Welsh Autism Show, ACAMH’s Dyslexia Conference and the TES SEN Show, I almost decided not to attend this one. I was busy working with university students in Bristol during the week and had an assessment booked for Saturday morning…
I’d previously attended the National Autism Show in Birmingham, at the NEC, so wasn’t sure what this nearby variant would bring to the table. I’m always keen to support local initiatives, and I had managed to keep the day free, so it made sense to make the effort and the 45 minute drive to see what was on offer for myself. Continue reading
In previous years I had attended the show with my school-based teacher’s hat on. For four or five years I had chosen seminars to develop my understanding to support existing pupils and fill the gaps between experience and INSET. This year I was returning without a school, and with a very different perspective. Continue reading
The last time I attended the show was 2014. Before that, I had been going regularly for a few years and had probably attended every year from 2010 or 2011. When you go to a show in the same venue every year, it gets to be a bit like visiting your regular supermarket, you know where certain stands will be, where the seminar rooms are, the best time to get served quickly and find a seat in the café, even the loo with the shortest queues… Continue reading