Most people take for granted the fact that they can do simple tasks such as walking up and down stairs, getting dressed, throwing a ball or even mastering the art of handwriting! However, for the thousands of adults and children in the UK living with Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder, day-to-day life can be a real struggle.
New findings released today [Monday 12 October 2015] have revealed a significant gap in the diagnosis – and therefore, treatment – of dyspraxia, otherwise known as developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD), amongst young women and girls.
Wednesday 14th October
1pm – 4.30pm Exploring Neuro-diverse natures
The talk will be delivered by Monique Craine, a short-listed ‘Positive Role Model’ (disability) nominee for the National Diversity Awards UK, the Vice Chair of Autistic UK, member of the Powys Dyslexia Support Group and a popular blogger on neuro-diverse matters.
Friday the 16th October (2015) will see the Dyspraxia Foundation – the only charity in the UK dedicated to raising awareness of dyspraxia and championing the needs of people living with the condition – once again pulling together with schools and workplaces across the country to help raise funds and awareness.
We are fast approaching the end of year 2 of our 3 year project. ‘Dyspraxia Diffusion’ funded by the Big Lottery Fund to employ a full time Information Officer and offer a vital Helpline Service. Lisa McCarthy and trained volunteers are busy answering calls and emails from 9 -5, Monday to Friday but there are still parents, adults with dyspraxia, health and education professionals and employers who do not know we are here ready to help. You can help by downloading an A4 poster or A3 poster and putting up in your local school, surgeries, hospitals, parent groups, places of work, or anywhere people will see it.
Keep the 14th May 2016 free!
Following our very successful Spring Ball in 2014 we are holding another glittering evening at the Royal Garden Hotel, South Kensington, London.
Tickets are £130 and can be purchased from the Hitchin office (Tel: 01462 455016 ) or download your booking form here
There are a number of new factsheets available exclusively in our Members Only section, if you’re a member login, or join us now to see them. Topics include, Helping children with dyspraxia to stay calm, Helping students with exams and more…..
The Dyspraxia Foundation teams up with local Rotary Club to distribute specialist book to promote awareness of the condition
Hitchin-based charity, the Dyspraxia Foundation is delighted to announce that over 200 schools in the Hertfordshire area will be receiving a free, educational resource for the start of next term!
Jamie Lambert from award winning “classical boy band” unveiled as a new patron for the Dyspraxia Foundation
The Dyspraxia Foundation – the only national charity in the UK dedicated to raising awareness of dyspraxia and championing the needs of people living with the condition – is hitting the high notes this week with the news that it has recruited its first ever celebrity ambassador!
Emma Austin-Jones, already a published poet, has written a series of children’s books; they are both gentle and informative. They convey a simple and subtle message about friendship overcoming differences, without forcing the issue. Emma has also created a life-changing opportunity for art students at Bromsgrove College who have been invited to enter a competition to illustrate them.
The books have been inspired by her teenage daughter’s struggle with dyspraxia since primary school age, her Daughter (Cat) has been helping her Mom with the story outlines and the development of the characters to ensure that the issues of Dyspraxia were highlighted in an unobtrusive way.
Emma has decided to donate a percentage of the book profits to the Dyspraxia Foundation. Www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk
A further exciting thing about this project is that the winning student will gain the opportunity to illustrate her books, and will be included in royalties’ distribution. After costs any royalties earned will be divided between the ‘team’ as follows: 20% to Dyspraxia Foundation and 40% each to artist and author.
Emma has gathered together a team of judges, who will decide which students illustrations are the most suited to her book, among them are: Sharon Vass from Bromsgrove School of Music, Cat (her youngest daughter), Peter Collins from Ormerod Rutter Chartered Accountants, and Denise, Charmaine, Stephen and Sharon, all fellow writers from the group Emma has been a part of. The award is planned to become an annual tradition at Bromsgrove College as Emma strongly feels that it is important to recognize, encourage and fairly reward artists, she firmly believes the creative talent they can contribute to our society is superb.
The Art Course Tutor at Bromsgrove College, Kerry Sherlock has stated:
” The chance for students to apply their talents to a real life vocational context is always exciting, and knowing that the work being developed could benefit both students in the future and a charity makes it all the more meaningful.”
Pete Colins, from local Accountancy firm Ormerod Rutter, who are supporting this project, stated: “This opportunity gives young people the ability to showcase their skills and it can open a lot of doors for them, as it is very different to a traditional route, so it is great to be able to contribute to both the students future prospects and to the charity, which is very rewarding.
Sharon Vass, from Bromsgrove School of Music said: Emma and I talk a lot about art, because we both have a passion for it. When she told me about the project I thought it was such a wonderful way to give back to the community. It’s not often that the young people of Bromsgrove get such a great opportunity. When Emma asked me to be a judge for the project I was really excited. I’m really looking forward to seeing the student’s artwork and the creative new ideas that they come up with. The illustrations in a children’s book are always memorable and really help to tell the story so this really is great!
Local Representative and Vice Chair of the Dyspraxia Foundation, Sally Payne, said that this project gives the organisation the opportunity to raise awareness of this surprisingly common condition and raise much-needed funds for them to be able to sustain themselves. Importantly the book will include a page of information supplied by Sally Payne, of the Dyspraxia Foundation, which gives primary information about it. Dyspraxia affects children and adults and help is available for people with the condition. This information is also available at Emma’s blog. www.hebentref.wordpress.com