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Our Helpline is now open

We are delighted to have our Helpline up and running again, offering help and advice to adults, parents, carers and families on and about Dyspraxia. The Helpline is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

call 01462 454986



Robert Farrow swims the English Channel to raise awareness of dyspraxia and funds for the Dyspraxia Foundation!

Congratulations to Robert Farrow who swam the English Channel today (02.09.14) to raise awareness of dyspraxia and funds for the Dyspraxia Foundation! Robert completed his marathon swim in just 12 hours and 57mins – what an achievement !!!

It’s not too late to donate to Roberts page on Justgiving  https://www.justgiving.com/RFarrowSoloChannelSwim/

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Dyspraxia Awareness Week 12th - 18th October 2014

 “There’s more to it than just motor skills”

Who?    The Dyspraxia Foundation –  the only charity in the UK dedicated to raising awareness of dyspraxia and championing the needs of those affected

What?  Nationwide awareness campaign set to “target teens”

When?  12th -18th October 2014

Frequently falling over, difficulty walking up and down stairs, poor hand-eye co-ordination,  short-term memory, lack of spatial awareness, difficulty getting dressed or applying make-up and illegible handwriting – these are just some of the familiar, physical symptoms for people affected by dyspraxia, whatever your age.

But – according to the Dyspraxia Foundation- it’s the emotional aspects that hit teenagers and young adults most hard. Especially when trying to navigate the already “tricky” aspects of growing up, such as the transition to secondary school, friendships, potential bullying, leaving home and generally learning to fend for yourself.

 That’s why the Dyspraxia Foundation will be focusing on teenagers for its 2014 Awareness Week during October.

Following the launch of a new website and full-time Information Officer, 2014 will also see the introduction of a new Youth Information Officer, who will be available to offer advice for young people experiencing any difficulties associated with dyspraxia – particularly via social media networks.

How can you help?   

We are calling out to all our teen–angels or parents of teens with dyspraxia to help the campaign by volunteering to tell your story. You can download a CASE STUDY FORM  or email dyspraxia@dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk for a copy to complete and return.   Our press team at Trinity PR will ensure your story is dealt with sensitively and never sensationally. 

Please complete our online Dyspraxia Teenage Survey – we are carrying out a survey to find out how teenagers with dyspraxia experience everyday life so that we can raise awareness of some of the ‘hidden’ challenges that teenagers face. If you are a teenager or a parent of  a teenager with dyspraxia, could you please take a few minutes to complete the survey to help us raise awareness of the difficulties of growing up with dyspraxia. 

To complete the survey please use the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/teenagesurvey

 

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Give your hero the chance to shine brightly and “Nominate a Star” for Dyspraxia Awareness Week

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Every year, Dyspraxia Awareness Week provides us with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of people living with dyspraxia.

Here, at the Dyspraxia Foundation, we also like to celebrate the ways in which we all have to overcome the hurdles life throws at us and most of all, we like to celebrate “difference” and the joys of being individual!

However, this year, we also want to celebrate the achievements of those people – whether a teacher, therapist, healthcare professional or friend – who have inspired you, a family member or someone you know who lives with dyspraxia and its many challenges.

We know that these people make a huge difference to lives of many children, teenagers and adults simply by recognising their condition and providing emotional and practical support – as well as believing in them and encouraging them to follow their dreams and ambitions.

So, now’s your chance to “Nominate a Star” this Autumn and let us give them a huge, and well deserved, “thank you” on your behalf!

Just drop us an email, by September 30th, with the name of the person you want to nominate – and why – your contact details and we will look forward to announcing the winners during Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2014 (12-18th October)

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Spread the Word Challenge 2014

Spread the Word  this summer and help raise awareness of dyspraxia on a fun day out or on your holiday in the UK or abroad.    Buy an ‘Anything is Possible’ wristband or lapel pin from our online shop (http://www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/shopping/)   for just £1 or send an SAE marked ‘Spread the Word’ to 8 West Alley, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1EG and we will send you a balloon and a Dyspraxia Explained Leaflet to help raise awareness wherever you are.

Use your imagination to take some fun photographs and email them to Lisa at  dyspraxia@dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk  or post on the Dyspraxia Foundation Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/dyspraxiafoundation)   by 31st August 2014 for a chance to win a £25 voucher and feature in our regular member’s newsletter.   Entries are welcome from toddlers to grandparents — please remember to include where the photograph was taken and the age group you would like to enter.

a)         12 years and under

b)         13 – 24 years

c)         25 and above years

Download our  spread the word poster as a reminder of the challenge – please feel free to share with family, friends and colleagues or copy for clubs and venues in your area.

We will be putting a flag in the map for every photo we receive and look forward to seeing where you all go this summer to ‘spread the word!’

 

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Dyslexia Action launches new guide to SEND provision

Dyslexia Action launches new online guide  to navigate the changes in special educational needs and disability (SEND) provision. For parents and carers supporting children affected by literacy difficulties including dyslexia.

Further details can be found on the Dyslexia Action website

http://www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk/

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Local Author raises awareness of dyspraxia and shows generous Business Heart to Bromsgrove art students

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.

Emma has decided to donate a percentage of the book profits to the Dyspraxia Foundation.

http://www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/local-author-raises-awareness-dyspraxia-shows-generous-business-heart-bromsgrove-art-students/

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The Guardian, Tuesday, 13th May 2014 ‘Swimmers with dyspraxia fall foul of Paralympics bureaucracy’

The Dyspraxia Foundation is appalled to learn that people with dyspraxia will be excluded from participating in the Paralympic Games and calls on the International Paralympic Committee to reconsider their decision to remove category S17.

Dyspraxia, a serious disorder that affects motor coordination, perception, language and thought is formally recognised by international organisations including the World Health Organisation (WHO 2003) where it is listed as a specific developmental disorder of motor function. People with dyspraxia, a form of developmental coordination disorder, experience coordination and organisational difficulties which mean that they have to work much harder than others to develop the skills necessary for even very basic motor tasks, such as carrying a drink without spilling it. The considerable effort required to master more complex physical activities such as swimming deters many people with dyspraxia from participating in sports, putting them at risk of poor physical health and fitness. People living with dyspraxia frequently experience discrimination at school and in the workplace because their difficulties are not recognised or understood. Removing the S17 category adds to their disadvantage by failing to acknowledge the often considerable impact of this hidden disability on their performance in sports and by inappropriately and unfairly judging their physical performance against ‘able-bodied’ standards.  Swimming is a physical activity which has many health and social benefits for people with dyspraxia and the Dyspraxia Foundation is extremely disappointed that the decision by the IPC will exclude its members from swimming competitively at a time when there is a national focus on inclusion in sports for people of all abilities. We therefore call on the IPC to reconsider its decision.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/may/13/swimmers-dyspraxia-fall-foul-paralympics-bureaucracy

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Dyspraxia Foundation Awareness

The Dyspraxia Foundation is pleased to launch a short information film thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund as part of the Dyspraxia Diffusion Project.

Dyspraxia Foundation Awareness has been produced by Golden Media Productions Ltd (www.goldenmedia.co.uk) with thanks to Gill Dixon for the voiceover and all those who appeared in the images or on film

http://youtu.be/fz6x9_E919M

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DON’T DELAY – JOIN TODAY!!

The Dyspraxia Foundation membership year runs from 1st April to 31st March each year.  Please do become a member and join us as we continue to raise awareness and understanding of Dyspraxia and support those affected by the condition. The Foundation depends entirely on membership subscriptions and donations to survive.

Download your Membership form here Membership Form 2014 – 15

Standard/Professional members paying by Standing Order receive a £2 discount download the Standing Order form here Membership Standing Order Form

Please complete your details and return the form to us for processing. We look forward to hearing from you.

Alternatively , membership can also be purchased from our webshop  http://www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/shopping/shop/search-products/?min_price=1&max_price=49

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Dyspraxia Foundation Spring Ball raises £22,976.00

 

With thanks to the Spring Ball organising committee led by Michele Lee, those who donated prizes, National Casino, Party XS, Del Boy (Maurice Canham), special guests Emma Lewell-Buck, Jools Holland and Saracens senior rugby player Jack Wilson, Auctioneer Martin Pope, Smartpics photography, our lovely guests, the Royal Garden Hotel and their staff and helpers and volunteers on the night; the Dyspraxia Foundation is delighted to announce its first fundraising ball raised awareness of dyspraxia and a staggering £22,976.00!!

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NEW WEBSITE HELPS EVERYTHING ‘CLICK’ INTO PLACE

Olympus KeyMed CommunityFollowing the hugely successful Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2013 (which ran from 13 – 19 October) and the launch of a much awaited UK-wide Helpline Service, the Dyspraxia Foundation is delighted to announce its new-look website, thanks to a grant from Olympus KeyMed.

The new, improved site – designed by tmorph digital design (a Cambridge-based web design company) – went live during the final weekend of the nationwide campaign and now features even more information, advice and “signposting for support” – as well as an exciting new online shop.

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Dyspraxia Foundation: Big Lottery Fund

The big lottery fund logoThe Dyspraxia Foundation are delighted to announce an award from the Big Lottery Fund for £166,265 which will be spread over 3 years. The grant will provide support to children and adults with Dyspraxia as well as their families, aiming to reduce educational exclusion and increase the employability of sufferers. The Dyspraxia Foundation will be able to reopen its helpline, and run a series of workshops which will take place in Manchester and Birmingham. These workshops will be aimed at parents, adults with Dyspraxia, teachers and medical professionals and will be run in association with local disability groups. The workshops will be filmed and highlights will be made available online to widen the reach of the project.

The project will engage with young people through social media, as well as the chance to speak to other sufferers who are experiencing similar problems. A text service for deaf people with Dyspraxia will also be developed, and adults with Dyspraxia who are struggling in the workplace will be given support and advice with regard to communicating effectively and social and co-ordination difficulties.

Michèle Lee ,Chair of the Dyspraxia Foundation said: “We are overjoyed with this funding which will mean we will be able to help the 12,000 people who come to us for urgent advice each year and provide a dramatically improved service over the next three years. As a result of the Big Lottery Fund grant we can relaunch our helpline and develop new advice leaflets and information materials. Although dyspraxia affects two children in every classroom very few people know much about the condition so this funding is crucial to continue our work to raise awareness and support those affected with Dyspraxia.”

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Robert Farrow swims the English Channel to raise awareness of dyspraxia and funds for the Dyspraxia Foundation!

Congratulations to Robert Farrow who swam the English Channel today (02.09.14) to raise awareness of dyspraxia and funds for the Dyspraxia Foundation! Robert completed his marathon swim in just 12 hours and 57mins – what an achievement !!! Why did Robert chose to support the Dyspraxia Foundation? “Because this condition personally affects me. I understand […]

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Local Author raises awareness of dyspraxia and shows generous Business Heart to Bromsgrove art students

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 […]

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NEW WEBSITE HELPS EVERYTHING ‘CLICK’ INTO PLACE AS PART OF OFFICIAL RELAUNCH OF THE DYSPRAXIA FOUNDATION

Following the hugely successful Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2013 (which ran from 13 – 19 October) and the launch of a much awaited UK-wide Helpline Service, the Dyspraxia Foundation is delighted to announce its new-look website, thanks to a grant from Olympus KeyMed. The new, improved site – designed by t-morph (a Cambridge-based web design company) […]

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