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New developments at learning-difference include:
- New EU-wide disability project starts with Learning-Difference support targeted at small to medium
businesses and higher education institutions in Iceland, Poland and Cyprus
- Polish Dyslexia Association conference book on dyslexia in adults published with chapter by
- International disability
conference success for Learning-Difference in Poland - the challenge facing employers and supporting disabled students
in higher education
- Buy Local, Eat Local food awareness
project, England - survey launched suported by Learning-Difference
- Fundraising support in Birmingham - Learning-Difference and DAB
- DARE Project presented to dyslexia/disability groups in EU
- DysLearning Adults - european-wide dyslexia network develops new projects and partnerships
- Learning-Difference helps dyslexia group win grant award
- Learning-Difference supports
Multi Disability Football Club to evaluate three-year project
post16years disability training package evaluations in Sofia and Krakow by Learning-Difference
- CPRE Northants FoodMiles Poster Competition judged a success!
- New awareness training course launched for youth workers who want to
know more about Autistic Spectrum Disorder and related impairments
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Learning-Difference is supporting the new DARE2 EU-wide project funded by the Leonardo Transfer of Innovation fund. Learning-DIfference
will create a new disability awareness training package for partners in the project aimed at small to medium enterprises in
the EU. This will be tested in Poland and Cyprus. Additionally, Learning-Difference will support the implementation of DARE1
disability awareness training package in Iceland for universities.
Polish Dyslexia Association conference
book on dyslexia in adults: 2009, Gdansk:
The second PDA national conference on adults with dyslexia in Poland was held in Gdansk University, 28 November 2009. Learning-Difference
wrote a keynote paper and a chapter for the conference publication on what happens to UK dyslexic graduate students when they
leave university. The conference and publication are part of the the PDAs effort to increase knowledge and understanding in
Poland about dyslexia in adulthood. This includes learning about the adult dyslexia situation in other countries.
International disability conference on the challenge facing employers: DARE
Learning-Difference was one of the guest speakers at a recent international conference on disability awareness for employers.
Held in Krakow, Poland at the end of October, there were 200 guests and speakers from the USA and Europe. The conference also
heard about the work of the DARE project.
Grant to support dyslexia charity in Birmingham:
The Dyslexia Association Birmingham (DAB) working with Learning-Difference has secured a grant from the Roughley Trust
to support their work in the city. News is eagerly awaited on other grant bids that have been submitted.
Buy Local, Eat Local food awareness project underway: CPRE
A new Northamptonshire CPRE awareness project to support local food growers and suppliers has started. Learning-Difference
helped secure funding and with the project planning. Awareness materials were created by learning-Difference to support
the project. A project survey is now underway to assess the market.
To see the leaflet and poster click this
Fundraising support in Birmingham - Learning-Difference and DAB
Learning-Difference is working with Dyslexia Association Birmingham (DAB) to raise funds for this key service provider. Funds raised will help DAB to consolidate its already
successful services and to develop these services further. Especially important is the advice and support DAB provide
free to people affected by Dyslexia in Birmingham and surrounding areas. More details later.
DARE Project presented to dyslexia/disability groups in EU
Learning-Difference presented information about the DARE Project to over 40 participants representing
many EU dyslexia/disability organisations and universities. The presentation was part of the DysLearning (Adults) seminar
in Antwerp and Brussels in May. The DARE Conference in October 2009 was of particular interest to participants.
Click on this link for more information about DARE and the DARE Conference.
DysLearning Adults - european-wide dyslexia network new project proposals
Learning-Difference attended a seminar in Antwerp in May led by the DysLearning (Adults) partnership. The event included a presentation to MEPs in EU Parliament
in Brussels calling for greater support for adults with dyslexia. MEPs said they would do all they could to support the call.
The seminar also enabled partners to develop new project proposals around dyslexia across the EU. Four projects are likely
to be developed with funding applications to Grundtvig and Leonardo. Learning-Difference hopes to be in one project and made
valuable new contacts across EU.
helps local dyslexia group win grant award
The local Dyslexia Association in Northamptonshire has been awarded a Community Foundation Grassroots Grant to maintain its office space, to review its strategy
and to develop its marketing.
Learning-Difference drafted the bid and will facilitate the strategic review. The
award is nearly £5,000.
Learning-Difference helps disability football club win three years of
Learning-Difference successfully supported Northampton Town Football in the Community to win a three-year grant
from the Football League Trust. The grant is worth £60,000 spread over three years. Learning-Difference wrote
the bid for the project totalling nearly £139,000. Called "Kick-Off!" the project is funded under the Trust's
"Every Player Counts" initiative. The project aims to make and sustain Northamptonshire as one of the best disability
equality football places in the country.
Learning-Difference will support the project with project evaluations each year starting in 2010.
fundraising training workshop by Learning-Difference boosts local environmental charity
CPRE Northamptonshire undertook a Learning-Difference Ltd Grant Fundraising training workshop to help them build their capacity to raise
funds themselves by training a number of volunteers in grant fundraising. The workshop covered all apsects of
grants funding including planning, funding research and bid writing and how to achieve a good relationship with grant givers.
Follow-up advice and training is available once they have put their new skills to the test!
package testing positive in EU
New post16years disability training package evaluations in Sofia and Krakow by Learning-Difference were successfully conducted
in March 2009. The package will be aimed at employer and learning provider organisations in the EU. The evaluations
looked at all aspects of the package and the experience of the learners. See DARE page on this website for further details.
Learning-Difference worked with CPRE Northamptonshire on its FoodMiles project last year. Part of the project involved all schools in the county entering a poster competition.
Dozens of entries from the county's primary schools that took part showed many creative ideas. They clearly demonstrated
that the message was getting through to children and families. Pictured here are, left to right: Bernard Quinn, Director Learning-Difference,
Sue Baylis, Events Co-ordinator CPRE, and Sir Paul Hayter, Chair CPRE Northamptonshire.
CPRE FoodMiles Poster Competition judged a success!
International conference on disability awareness in higher education
Learning-Difference is a partner in DARE - an EU funded project to raise disability awareness in higher education
The project will host an international conference in Krakow in October this year. Prestiguous guest speakers
will be presenting at the conference which will be held in Europe's second oldest university. The conference will be of
interest to anyone working in higher education and disability support for learners. For further information visit the DARE page in this website where you will find a link to the project web site. Picture shows an awareness training
session during the testing of the materials being devised by the project consortium.
St John Ambulance gets all clued up on dyslexia
Learning-Difference is training St John Ambulance training teams in dyslexia awareness and communication. Teams
from Leicestershire, East Midlands and Nottinghamshire have so far been on the course. They will be followed by their peers
in Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire in the coming months. Responses have been very positive to the course: "Definitely
helped me to understand about my own actions" "Very useful handouts and interesting course. Thank you!".
Football In The Community anti-racism project tipped for award
Learning-Difference has been working with Northampton Town Football In The Community on the successful project N'TRAIN
(Say No To Racism In Northamptonshire).The project was recently evaluated and has been included for consideration
by the English Football League for an award for its contribution to anti-racism in football and the way it engaged
the local community. See our News Archive pages for more information on the project.
New disability awareness course launched: understanding ASD
Learning-Difference has been working with Staffordshire Youth Services to launch our new Understanding Autistic Spectrum Disorder
(ASD) awareness course.Teams from discreet outreach projects and youth workers and related professionals from
across the county have been attending the new courses in December 2008 and January 2009. The response has been positive: "I
feel more confident in working with young people with ASD and how to support them" "My understanding of challenging
behaviour is now far greater" "This course will enable me to develop strategies to deal with young people on varying
levels of ASD". This new course follows the popular dyslexia and dyspraxia awareness courses run for the county youth
service last year - see our News Archive page for more information.