Local Government Chronicle: Ofsted: Special educational needs support ‘disjointed and variable’

5 December 2018
Source: Local Government Chronicle

Ofsted has criticised the numbers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) not receiving adequate support and raised serious concerns over the number of vulnerable children being excluded from school. In her annual report today, Ofsted’s chief inspector of education and children’s services Amanda Spielman said the quality of support for children with SEND is “disjointed and variable”

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The Guardian: What would a truly disabled-accessible city look like?

15 February 2018
Source: The Guardian

Most cities are utterly unfriendly to people with disabilities – but with almost one billion estimated to be urban-dwellers by 2050, a few cities are undergoing a remarkable shift. To David Meere, a visually impaired man from Melbourne, among the various obstacles to life in cities is another that is less frequently discussed: fear. “The fear of not being able to

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Guardian: Disabled people worry about telling employers of their condition

7 November 2017
Source: The Guardian

UK charity’s survey finds almost half of disabled people have worried about making employers aware of their disability. Almost half of disabled people have worried about making employers aware of their impairment or condition, research by the disability charity Scope has found. This has prompted calls for employers to create environments where disabled people are more comfortable “coming out”. The

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Guardian: Cheap blindness drug should be made widely available, says WHO

1 June 2016
Source: Guardian

World Health Organisation rejects expensive licensed drug Lucentis to be added to list for all countries in favour of much cheaper Avastin, not yet available in UK. All countries should make available a cheap, unlicensed drug to prevent blindness in older people – one in preference to the expensive licensed version promoted by pharmaceutical companies, a World Health Organisation committee

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