A response to the following statement made by the Department of Education issued on Friday, 13th October 2017
A Department for Education spokesperson:
“We know how important it is that children with medical conditions are supported to enjoy a full education. That is why we introduced a new duty to require governing bodies to make arrangements to support pupils with medical conditions and have provided statutory guidance outlining schools’ responsibilities in this area.
Today we appeared on the Victoria Derbyshire Show! Raising awareness about dyspraxia and discussing our findings from our school survey.
Huge thanks to Trustee Sally Payne, Rosaline, Sarah, Mark and the stars of the show young Rueben and Lucas for your work on live TV this morning!
The Prime Minister has recognised Mikey Akers, aged sixteen, from Coventry, for founding ‘Mikey’s Wish’, an organisation that raises awareness of verbal dyspraxia as well as supporting those who also suffer from the speech disorder.
New Information Sheet: A child friendly definition of dyspraxia/DCD
Oliver 7 yrs: ‘I’m just the same as everyone else I just work harder at things everyone else can do quicker making me unique ‘
We are proud to be launching a brand new information sheet aimed at parents, teachers, SENCO’s and professionals working with children this Awareness Week on ‘A child friendly definition of Dyspraxia/DCD’.
Charity calls for greater understanding of issues faced by young people with dyspraxia at school.The Dyspraxia Foundation is spreading the word about a new survey which reveals the lack of awareness of dyspraxia – a form of developmental co-ordination disorder – in schools.
The nationwide poll of teachers1 highlighted that dyspraxia is ‘under the radar’ when it comes to awareness, training and support. 65% said that awareness of dyspraxia in their schools was poor or very poor with 71% saying that lack of awareness and understanding affected children’s opportunities and achievement.
After our successful first webinar we are proud to be hosting our second webinar during Dyspraxia Awareness Week!
Our awareness week focus for 2017 is primary aged children, and with this in mind our second webinar, titled ‘Dyspraxia, Feeling Bad and Getting Mad’ (the importance of healthy self-esteem in the management of behaviour issues) will again be hosted by Gill Dixon.
Due to outstanding demand we increased our capacity for this event, which has now completely sold out! Thank you for your overwhelming support, keep an eye on our website and #Dyspraxia17 for the latest from this event!
‘An Introduction to Dyspraxia/DCD’; a FREE event from 7 – 8.30pm, on 10th October, Solihull, West Midlands hosted by the Dyspraxia Foundation to mark Dyspraxia Awareness Week 8—14th October 2017 #dyspraxia17
Our webinars will be a way to listen, learn and chat with real experts in the field of dyspraxia/DCD . We will share our experience, our knowledge and our advice with you all in a friendly and informative way and host a Question and Answers session to involve you in the topic being discussed.
We are proud that so many people are taking part, spreading dyspraxia awareness, this Sunday in Parallel London. If you haven’t heard Parallel London is the first fully-inclusive mass participation event, taking place around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, with a variety of distances in the accessible fun run, 10km, 5km, 1km and 100m with an sensory 1km too!
Dyspraxia Awareness Week 8th – 14th October 2017
We are carrying out a survey to explore teachers’ and teaching assistants’ understanding of dyspraxia/developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and how this affects children’s learning opportunities at school. You can complete this survey if you are a teacher or teaching assistant at a school in the UK. We will share findings from this survey and will also be launching new resources to support primary-aged children with dyspraxia/DCD during Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2017. Thank you for completing this survey!