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Kidz up North 
Thursday, 20th November 2014 – 9.30am – 4.30pm
EventCity, Barton Dock Road, Manchester, M17 8AS,
(Near the Trafford Centre).
Free entry, free parking, fully accessible! 
•        Do you know or work with children/ young people with disabilities or special needs?
•        Are you a professional working in the same field?
•        Are you a parent or carers supporting a child or young adult with a disability or special need? 
 If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions then this FREE event is for you! 
Gain access to over 150+ exhibitors offering advice and information on funding for equipment etc, mobility, seating, bathing, transport, sensory, transition, education, communication, legal matters, sports & leisure, fun and features for the children and much more! See the A-Z exhibitors list to the rear of the guide and floor plan on the centre pages.
A programme of FREE CPD seminars will run alongside the exhibition – see the full time table on page 5 of the guide. Topics include; sleep issues, continence, sensory, moving and handling, transition, legal matters (including recent changes to SEN and the Families and Childrens ACT) and much more.         
See for more information.
Other dates for your diary:- 
Kidz in the Middle – 19th March 2015 – Jaguar Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry. 
Kidz South – 4th June 2015 – Rivermead Leisure Complex, Reading.  
Kidz Scotland – 17th September 2015 - Highland Hall, Royal Highland Exhibition Centre, Edinburgh.  
We do hope you will join us.

 I just wanted to let you all know that my Tactile Drawing Packs are now available for purchasing for Christmas 2014 at 20% discount.
I've developed them whilst working with visually impaired children and adults over the past decade. Children love the opportunity to draw independently and adults may have not been able to draw for some time and find the liberation exhilarating. 
The tactile Drawing Packs are great fun for everyone, You simply stitch into the paper/materials with a large eyed blunt sewing needle and quickly create a drawing you can feel. You design one side and also create a reverse drawing too!
I currently have for sale:
1. Basic Tactile Drawing Pack with examples: includes 5 differently textured and coloured papers, 5 differently coloured and textured yarns, a large eyed blunt sewing needle and instruction; two already drawn examples and a template sheet for you to sew into. This pack is discounted down to £9.60.
2. Jumbo Tactile Drawing Pack with Examples: is similar to the above but it gives you 10 of the papers and yarns, so you can make more drawings. The discounted price for this is £14.40.
3. Luxury Tactile Drawing Pack with Examples: contains 4 sheets of differently coloured and textured paper, a felt sheet, 2 differently coloured and textured yarns, 3 sparkling and satiny yarns, a large eyed blunt sewing needle and instructions plus the examples and template that are in the other packs too. This is ideal for the ultimate Christmas treat. The discount cost is £14.40.
I'm happy to take orders over the phone or email. The packs will also be available very soon on a number of websites at full cost.

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8544 9681
Mobile: +44 (0) 7818 437 651


Information regarding a computer game for the visually impaired due to be released next year:



 Countdown to Sight Village - a site promoting sight village including an interview with Julie Sales.



Help In Hand Project Feb 2012 to Jan 2015
The project promotes child Disability Living Allowance within York and North Yorkshire and takes referrals to assist families in the processes of claiming. The Project Worker will also provide one to one practical and emotional support, signpost parents and carers to other available support and help with claiming other relevant benefits and tax credits.

Website address is



Transport for London have launched a new ‘Turn up and Go’ assistance service for mobility and sight impaired customers at all London Overground stations. Staff will provide assistance without the need to book in advance. This gives greater choice and flexibility for making spontaneous journeys; the service is already in place on London Underground.

They are committed to continuing to improve accessible travel across their network. You can sign up at to receive their information via e-mail

For more information the web address is


Ciliopathy Alliance

Ciliopathy As one of the founder members of the Ciliopathy Alliance we are happy to link you to this informative site to gain more information regarding cillia, and the effects it has.

The Ciliopathy Alliance helps bring together patient support groups, researchers, doctors and health professionals, and families living with and affected by ciliopathies - diseases caused by defects in the function or structure of cilia.

Dysfunctional cilia affects a number of often chronically disabling and sometimes life-threatening genetic conditions. They affect multiple systems, causing blindness, deafness, chronic respiratory infections, kidney disease, heart disease, infertility, obesity and diabetes.

Contact a FamilyContact a Family - Contact a Family is a UK charity for families with disabled children.  They offer information on specific conditions and rare disorders.


Disability Rights UK Disability Rights UK -


Action for blindAction for Blind -


NBCSNational Blind Children's Society - NBCS is a charity providing information, advise, support and services for Blind and partially sighted children.


 Yahoo Groups
PVIC · Parents of Visually Impaired Children

A parent of a visually impaired child  has set up a yahoo private members email support group for parents in the UK. With over 30 members now, parents of visually impaired children and blind adults wishing to support parents. It is friendly and lively and very informative and most parents feel it is the best support network they have because they feel empowered and can talk to people 24hrs a day through emails and someone always replies. It is a real community. They are happy to welcome new members and are trying to let organisations know, so they can pass on the details to parents.


rnc The Royal National College for the Blind is the largest college of further education for people with sight loss in the UK.

Betty WestE- Access Bulletin is a free, independent monthly e-mail newsletter on information technology issues for people with visual impairment and blindness. The Bulletin covers everything from consumer electronics to the internet, examining design and access issues and technical developments. E-access Bulletin is produced by Headstar, with support from the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) and the National Library for the Blind. Follow on Twitter or  view Blog


GIG The Genetic Interest Group(GIG) is a national alliance of organisations with a membership of over 120 charities which support children, families and individuals affected by genetic disorders. Its primary goal is to promote awareness and understanding of genetic disorders so that high quality services for people affected by genetic conditions are developed and made available to all who need them. It also hosts a guest book or forum so genetic questions can be asked and answered.

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is the UK's leading
charity offering information, support and advice to almost two million
people with sight loss.

Guide Dogs for the Blind is the web site providing information regarding training dogs and handlers in the UK.  Guide Dogs For the Blind offer a service for adults, children and young people.  For more information please visit


Swan UK is a project recently launched by Genetic Alliance UK, which offers support and information to families of children with undiagnosed conditions. Swan have set up a blog where families can share information and experiences. Some examples of stories, and to submit your own story, can be accessed on the Swan blog -


A web site dedicated to Dr. Sarah Morley's Windows books & training materials for blind and visually impaired users and their trainers.


SPECIAL ABILITIES LTD Provide training programmes that enable parents/carers and professionals to have a greater insight and understanding of disability issues. For details of training courses and costs, contact them by email or by post at:

Special Abilities Ltd
PO Box 360
Telephone 07796 038291


VICTA a website for children with Visually Impairement.  VICTA support Visually Impaired children and young people by providing funding for equipment and for vacation schemes


RNIB Rushton School and Children's Home Established in 1957, RNIB Rushton School and Children’s Home offers specialist education, 52-week residential care, therapies and healthcare for young people up to the age of 19. Our on-site school also offers education and therapies to a small number of pupils who attend on a daily basis. We support young people who are blind or partially sighted and have learning difficulties and disabilities (*P Levels 1 to 8).


HumanWare supply various products for visually Impaired people, helping to give them independence in a global information age.

Moor House School

Moor House School is a co-educational, non maintained special school.  Specialising in speech and language.

Want to know about the Disabled Living Allowance? Try this site, which also includes strategies to get DLA, or call into your local branch of Action For Blind People.

Scottish People with disabilities have a web site with their news and a place to find audio versions of magazines and newspapers.

Wales Council for the Blind / Cyngor Cymru i'r Deillion - enabling and empowering visually impaired people / i alluogi a rhoddi awdurdod i rhai a nam weledol. As you can see this site is dual language for those in Wales and for Welsh speakers everywhere.
The Small Web Shop has been developed specifically to deliver great websites at an affordable cost for the small business.
Lance French offers a complete service to deliver good looking, functional websites for organisations of all sizes.


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