National news & events

Here are the details of some national services and developments.  Don't forget to get the full picture of current events and news then sign up for our newsletter or join our facebook group.  Follow the links on the right hand side for further information.

Education Health and Care Plans
Linked with its contract with the Department of Education to provide specialist information, advice and support to improve outcomes for children with sensory impairments, the National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP) has produced some really excellent guidance on assessments of hearing impaired children for Education
Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) which wills tart to replace SEN statements from September this year.  It's meant to help everyone involved in the assessments supporting an EHCP and in the formulation of the plan itself, with a comprehensive set of questions and issues that should be covered.  NatSIP recommends that this framework is used in all assessments to ensure EHCPs are based on a full understanding of the child/young person's needs.

It could be a really useful framework for all parents/carers and professionals to sue even if their child doesn't, or isn't likely, to have a statement or EHCP.  If you have a few minutes to spare, do take a look and remember to use it/request that it is used when your child's educational needs are being assessed for any reason.  It's relevant to all ages 0-25 and all degrees of hearing loss.

You can find it on the NDCS website

Disability Grants
A new disability grants website has been launched to help disabled people and their carers save time finding grants.  It signpost people to charities and trusts providing funding towards the high cost of disability equipment, holidays, housing, days out or anything above and beyond the normal costs of everyday living.

Financial Advice for Families with a Disabled Child
Contact a Family is a national organisation supporting families with a disabled child.  You can now get an appointment with their welfare experts to discuss your situation.  They will take you through the latest relevant benefits advice and run through any other financial help you may be entitled to maximise your income.
Contact their team of experts Freephone 0808 808 3555  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

NDCS Events Calendar
The NDCS Events calendar is now available to order or download. There are a range of dates and activities, to see if anything interests you and your family visit the NDCS website.

BSL Counselling
SignHealth now provides BSL therapists for deaf people requiring emotional support through counselling.  The organisation can also assist deaf people to train as counsellors.  For more information visit their website

Meningitis Trust
They provide information about the disease, and support, counselling and a helpline for people affected by it.  The trust will also consider financial grants to cover the cost of expenses incurred by the sufferer.  For example, if the person becomes deaf as a result of the disease they could apply for a grant to travel to audiology clinics, enrol on sign language courses, buy environmental aids etc.. For more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it