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Supported learning, training and working

Colleges Most colleges provide specialist courses and/or support to help people with disabilities. New Directions College 330 Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 8DF Call 0345 842 0012 or visit www.newdirectionsreading.ac.uk Reading College (Activate Learning) Reading Campus, Kings Road, Reading RG1 4HJ Call 0800 612 6008 or visit www.activatelearning.ac.uk/reading…

Free health checks for over-14s with a learning disability

Reading Mencap has run the 'Being as Healthy as We Can’ multi-disciplinary Learning Disability Health Working Group this year and is focusing on Annual Health Checks. They have designed this flyer to raise awareness that children and young people with Learning Disability, from age 14…

Tuberculosis Infection - what you need to know

What is Sleeping Tuberculosis?    Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious but treatable disease –TB incidence in Reading has doubled from 20 per 100,000 populations in 1999 to 41.4 per 100,000 in 2013 and has continued to increase.  Three-quarters of all cases occur in people born outside of…

Help with bills and paperwork

Some organisations can offer advice and support to help you with things like: managing money, paying bills, dealing with debt and claiming benefits understanding your rights and legal matters form filling Contact: Age UK Berkshire Reading Citizen's Advice Bureau Reading Deaf Centre Communicare Welfare Rights

Disabled Students' Allowance

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty and are studying in higher education, you may be eligible for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs). These allowances cover extra disability-related costs or expenses you have while studying. There are four allowances to cover different areas of need. Specialist…

What is ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)?

What is ADHD? ADHD is a common behavioral disorder that affects an estimated 8% to 10% of school-age children. Children with ADHD act without thinking, are hyperactive, and have trouble focusing. They may understand what's expected of them but have trouble following through because they…

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…

What is Dyspraxia?

What is Dyspraxia? Developmental dyspraxia is an impairment or immaturity of the organisation of movement that presents problems in coordinating movements. For example, people with dyspraxia may have difficulties with driving, cooking, riding a bicycle and sports involving  hand-eye co-ordination. It is an immaturity in…

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…

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…