Articles on Family Information Services (178)

  1. Have you thought of Appointeeship?

    An appointee is someone who has been given authority by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) / JobCentre Plus to receive a person's benefits on their behalf. There is no need to submit any medical evidence to prove that the person has lost capacity.…
  2. What is Cerebral Palsy?

    What is Cerebral palsy? Cerebral palsy is the name for a group of lifelong conditions that affect movement and co-ordination. It's caused by a problem with the brain that develops before, during or soon after birth. Causes of cerebral palsy include: an infection caught by…
  3. What is Down's Syndrome?

    What is Downs Syndrome? Down's syndrome, is a genetic condition that typically causes some level of learning disability and a characteristic range of physical features. Most babies born with Down's syndrome are diagnosed with the condition after birth and are likely to have: reduced muscle tone…
  4. What is Hearing Impairment?

    What is Hearing Impairment? Hearing loss is a common problem that often develops with age or is caused by repeated exposure to loud noises. Action on hearing loss estimates that more than 10 million (about 1 in 6) people in the UK have some degree of hearing…
  5. What is Vision Impairment?

    What is Vision Impairment? Many people have some type of visual problem at some point in their lives. Some can no longer see objects far away. Others have problems reading small print. These types of conditions are often easily treated with eyeglasses or contact lenses.…
  6. What is Global Development Delay?

    What is Global Development Delay? Global Developmental Delay (GDD) is the general term used to describe a condition that occurs during the developmental period of a child between birth and 18 years. It is usually defined by the child being diagnosed with having a lower…
  7. SWAN UK (Syndrome Without A Name)

    SWAN creating awareness of undiagnosed conditions A project offering support and information to families of children with undiagnosed genetic conditions SWAN UK (Syndrome Without A Name) estimate that 30-50% of children with severe learning disabilities and 50% of children in contact with NHS Regional Genetics…
  8. What are shared lives schemes?

    ‘Shared lives’ schemes are designed to support adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems, or other support needs. In shared lives, an adult with care needs is matched with an approved ‘shared lives carer’; the adult and the shared lives carer will share family and…
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