Thank you to everyone who came on Saturday to our AGM and London Conference. Over 100 delegates came to central London at our generous hosts Norton Rose Fulbright to spend a day with our expert speakers and each other!
New Adult Representative – We are excited to announce that your new adult representative, as voted by members of the Dyspraxia Foundation, was announced to be Alice Hewson. We will share a welcome message and details on how to contact her in the coming week!
Our annual national campaign ‘Dyspraxia Awareness Week’ – set to take place between the 6th – 12th October – shall focus on Further and Higher Education and Dyspraxia in Adulthood.
We are conducting a survey for adults (those aged 18+) for those who either have a formal diagnosis of dyspraxia (or developmental coordination disorder – DCD) and those who believe they have dyspraxia/DCD but who do not have a formal diagnosis.
Information from this survey will be used to create media stories during Dyspraxia Awareness Week (6-12th October 2019) and in other materials produced by the organisation to raise awareness of dyspraxia in adulthood.
I’m sure many of our visitors and supporters shop online, many of you probably use Amazon! We can now announce that we’ve been added to the Amazon Smile program! For every purchase you make on Amazon, they will donate a small amount direct to the Dyspraxia Foundation at no additional cost to your purchase!
You smashed it! You absolutely smashed our aim to raise £30,000 for 30 years! Huge thanks to all those who raised funds from cake sales, running, cycling, swimming, sky diving, hiking, fantasy football, giving up alcohol and even a rickshaw challenge from Goa to Mumbai and an ever increasing number of birthday donations on Facebook. We are delighted to announce that, with your help we reached an amazing £31,654.34 as we closed the appeal on 31st May.
This has been sent in from the SEND Implementation Team at the Department for Education.
In December 2018 the Secretary of State announced our intention to hold a call for evidence on the current funding arrangements for those with special educational needs, those with disabilities, and those who require alternative provision.
Sadly, Mark Robinson has decided to step down as our Adult Representative on the Board of Trustees for the time being due to his heavy workload. However, Mark is keen to continue to work with the charity to support adults with dyspraxia and will be giving the closing talk at our popular AGM and Annual Conference in London on Saturday, 22nd June.
All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Dyspraxia/DCD
In order to increase awareness of this condition within Government and Whitehall, the Dyspraxia Foundation will be launching an APPG. An APPG is an informal cross-party group run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords. An APPG offers smaller charities in particular a great way to engage and build relationships with MPs and peers. They work both as means of harnessing the energy and commitment of parliamentarians with a specific interest in an issue and as a focus to recruit new parliamentary supporters to a cause. It also gives the causes added credibility and validity, the fact Parliamentarians are speaking on a particular issue.
Update: 14th May.
Due to venue refurbishment we have smaller rooms for this years event, and as of 14th May we have to announce that there are no more places available for our London Conference.
If you have missed out this time, please be aware that we are hosting two events around the time of the October Awareness Week. A dedicated conference for Adults and a separate dedicated conference for youth – both taking place in Birmingham.
Details for both and how to secure your place will be made shortly.
An Introduction to Understanding and Managing Dyspraxia
Tuesday 18th June, 6.30 – 8.00pm
Penventon Park Hotel, West Road, Redruth, TR15 3AD
Are you a parent, carer or professional who supports a person with Dyspraxia? Perhaps you have Dyspraxia yourself?
… and no not the vase!
We asked everyone to get behind our 30th Anniversary Appeal, to celebrate our 30th anniversary we asked everyone to pull together to raise £30,000! We can announce today that we have made it, to date you have all raised an amazing £31,444! Which includes an generious donation from Morningside Healthcare following on from our recent conference in Leeds!