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What is Dyslexia?

What is dyslexia? The word 'dyslexia' comes from the Greek language and means 'difficulty with words'. It is a difference in the area of the brain that deals with language and affects the underlying skills that are needed for learning to read, write and spell.…

Report - Disability Awareness Day 2019 - Thursday 15th August!

The Oracle shopping Centre provided the venue for Reading’s third Disability Awareness Day.  The event, with the theme “Staying healthy - Mind and Body” was held to celebrate the diversity of Reading residents and visitors who may have a physical disability, sensory need or neurological…

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering opportunities Volunteering is a great way to gain skills, build up confidence, achieve goals and make new friendships. What is a Volunteer? A volunteer is someone who does unpaid work or activities within the community. Why volunteer? Volunteering is a great way to meet new…

Social care for the person you look after

Reading Borough Council and Brighter Futures for Children provide community based social care services for families with a disabled child and adults who are dependent on others for care and/or support because they are older, have a physical or learning disability, have a visual and/or…

Disability Access Fund (DAF)

From April 2017 the Disability Access Fund (DAF) came into effect.  Updated - May 2021

Health & Social Care

Health There are many Health Services available to support children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families. In Reading, some of these services are provided by the Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (BHFT) and some are provided by the Royal Berkshire Hospital Trust…

Attendance Allowance for people over 65

Attendance Allowance is a benefit for people aged 65 or over who have a physical disability (including sensory disability, e.g. blindness), a mental disability (including learning difficulties), or both and their disability is severe enough for them to need help caring for themselves or someone to…

Transport

There are various types of transport available to Reading residents who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.  This includes council run services as well as private and voluntary sector organisations. School Transport Statutory free transport may be available for Pupils with an Education, Health & Care…

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…

Help with travel and travel costs (plus accessible facilities)

There is a range of support to help you get out and about, including the following options: Travelling by bus Concessionary Travel Disabled parking Travelling to your workplace The Oracle Shopmobility Scheme RADAR National Key Scheme Accessible Facilities (Changing places) Other services available: Readibus ReadiBus…