Stars of ITV’s Doc Martin gather for charity Christmas concert

Popular television couple reunite for longstanding festive celebration to raise money for people with learning disabilities.
Actors Martin Clunes, OBE, and Caroline Catz, who portray on-screen couple Martin Ellingham and Louisa Glasson in ITV’s Doc Martin, will be coming together for a candlelit evening of seasonal music and readings at Dorchester Abbey on December 8th 2016.
Now in its 22nd year, The Coming of Christmas is a much-loved annual concert organised by Hft, a national charity for people with learning disabilities, of which Martin is a patron.

Can robotics boost engagement of pupils with learning disabilities?

Interactive Technologies and Game Conference

The Interactive Technologies And Games Conference (ITAG) is now in its 9th consecutive year and will be held on Wednesday 26 – Thursday 27 October 2016.


Hosted annually by Nottingham Trent University the conference will showcase and disseminate research outcomes, freely available games and interactive resources for educational and clinical applications.


The conference has a particular focus on the use of gaming hardware and software to implement accessible solutions, and the increasing impact of ubiquitous computing on our everyday well-being.

Events at ACE Centre Local AAC Services Day

ACE Centre Local AAC Services Day (Basingstoke & Oldham)
Date: 13th and 20th October 2016 
Time: 9.30am - 3.30pm

ACE Centre is hosting a Local AAC Services Day on 13th October 2016 in Oldham and 20th October in Basingstoke. 

The informative Local AAC Services Day will bring together teachers, speech & language therapists, occupational therapists and other AAC and AT professionals from across the North West and South region to explore existing and emerging local AAC provision with local commissioners.  

Shiver me timbers they're all talking like pirates at highdowns


Buccaneers and scallywags waved the Jolly Roger and had fun walking the plank during ‘Talk Like A Pirate’ day at Highdowns, a rural service for people with learning disabilities near Camborne, Cornwall.

Service manager, Jenna Betts, said: “Today is ‘International Talk Like A Pirate Day’ so we’ve all given it a bit of the old heave-ho to plan a fun-filled pirate-themed day as a fundraiser in aid of MIND.

“We were ho-ho-hoping for a good turn-out, having invited quite a number of landlubbers – friends and family – to join us for the day, and we weren’t disappointed.

“Fancy dress was optional, but our service users love the excuse to dress up, so there have been a lot of eye-patches, pirate hats and skulls and cross-bones around today.

Royal Highland Centre to host Kidz to Adultz Scotland


Edinburgh’s Highland Hall at the Royal Highland Centre is to host Kidz to Adultz Scotland – one of the largest, free Scottish events dedicated to children and young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their families and the professionals who work with them in Scotland.

Approximately 120,000 children and adults in Scotland are living with a learning disability[1], and over one million are living with a sensory impairment.[2]

Over 80 exhibitors will assemble at Highland Hall on Thursday 15th September to offer advice, support and information on mobility, communication, equipment and technology, education, toys and learning aids, transport, beds and seating, service, funding, sports and leisure and much more. 

‘Autism’s got Talent Roadshow’ heads to Stockton-on-Tees

‘Autism’s got Talent Roadshow’ heads to Stockton-on-Tees

This year’s ‘Autism’s got Talent Roadshow’ takes place on 16 September at ARC, Stockton Arts Centre, in Stockton-on-Tees.

Showcasing the diverse talents of individuals on the autistic spectrum, the roadshow is a spin-off from Autism’s Got Talent – launched by the autism charity Anna Kennedy Online and created by Anna Kennedy OBE.

AnnaKennedyonline and Daisy Chain Charities are working together again to stage the event, after a successful roadshow last year at Teesside University. Anna Kennedy is patron of Daisy Chain and several key autism charities and support groups.

She said ‘Autism’s Got Talent’ is a special event that is “one of a kind, and is extremely poignant to those with autism and their families. 

Exhibition, Conference, Dinner & Awards

Join your peers at the UK’s leading Education Buildings Exhibition & Conference

Whether your school, college or university is planning to add new buildings, considering refurbishing existing buildings or carrying out ongoing maintenance work, Education Estates is here to help you source the information, solutions, and ideas that you need.

The two day conference programme will provide you with advice, inspiration and guidance, while the exhibition will help you to source the organisations, products, and services that can help you achieve your objectives.

Education Estates is the only event of its kind in the UK, covering the primary, secondary, further, and higher education sectors (the entire education sector under one roof for two days).

Inspiring Women, Inspiring Change

A new video, released by leading autism charity Anna Kennedy Online in conjunction with International Women’s Day, is showcasing the lives of five mums living with autism.

Adeptly titled ‘Inspiring Women, Inspiring Change’, the video showcases exclusive interviews, that are honest, emotional and inspiring, with each woman discusses their experiences.

The video celebrates women who have daily family struggles and focus on them as individuals and what they have achieved.

Share best practice advice and innovative resources at Education Show 2016

The Education Show 2016, the go-to event for CPD and learning resources, will be returning to NEC, Birmingham from 17 to 19 March.

A jam-packed programme of new content, inspiring training and development, and pioneering educational suppliers will be available throughout the show. The Education Show 2016 will provide all of the insight you need for a successful career in the world of education, from innovative teaching resources and technologies, to educational charities and organisations. Each year, the show attracts over 10,000 visitors, from primary, secondary and higher education backgrounds, all offering a wealth of knowledge and experience in their field.

Sight Village


Sight Village events are the UK’s leading exhibitions of technology, equipment and services for people with a visual impairment and for people experiencing age related sight problems. Each event offers visitors the opportunity to compare the latest, often, life changing products under one roof.  The events attract exhibitors from across the UK and Europe, including industry leaders Sight and Sound Technology, HumanWare & Optelec.  Whatever you are looking for, visitors are guaranteed an informative day at all the events.

Orchard Hill's Recruitment Day

28th January 4 to 7pm at Vocational Progression Centre, Carshalton Colleg Campus, Nightingale Road, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 2EJ.

There are a number of vacancies available at Orchard Hill's recruitment event: full time, part time, bank staff, Lecturers, Learning Support Assistants, Administrators, Apprenticeships, Nurses, and Therapists.

For details please contact Kayleigh on or call 0345 402 0453.

Kidz to Adultz in the Middle

Kidz to Adultz in the Middle’ Thursday, 10th March 2016 Jaguar Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry, CV6 6GE 9.30am – 4.30pm  Free Entry – Free Parking – Fully Accessible!

Information on: funding, seating, beds, mobility, accessible vehicles, bathing, education, transition, communication, sensory, education, employment, housing,  sport, leisure and much more! Come and join us at this free exhibition for children and young adults up to age of 25 with disabilities and additional needs, their parents, carers and the professionals who support them!

Wobbly Wednesday 2015 Video

As part of WOBBLY WEDNESDAY 2015, the Nystagmus Network has released two short videos for parents, professionals, people with nystagmus and anyone with an interest in the condition. The videos give an overview of what it’s like to have nystagmus and an update on the latest in research and treatment for this eye condition which affects 1 in 1,000 people.

The Way We See It video features TV’s Richard Osman, as well as student Will Coidan, who plays American football even though he has nystagmus, and Harriet (a little girl with nystagmus) and her mum Rosie. The video was shot in locations in London and Suffolk, including Imperial College.

Kidz in the Middle

Thursday, 10th March 2016

 Jaguar Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry, CV6 6GE

9.30am – 4.30pm 

Free Entry - Free Parking - Fully Accessible!

Information on: funding, seating, beds, mobility, accessible vehicles, bathing, education, transition, communication, sensory, sport, leisure and much more!

Come and join us at this free exhibition for children and young adults with disabilities and special needs, their parents, carers and the professionals who support them!

Have a ball for Heart of England Mencap

IT’S lights, camera, action as tickets go on sale for a night of Hollywood glamour in aid of a local charity. Heart of England Mencap will host the ‘Hollywood Ball’ in Stratford on Friday November 20th, all to raise funds to support local people living with learning disabilities.

The black-tie event will take place at The Stratford Hotel in Arden Street starting at 7pm. Guests will enjoy a three-course meal and charity auction, with live music.  Tickets cost £50 per person, or £500 for a table of ten.  The price includes all food and entertainment plus a drink on arrival.

Shining the Spotlight on Poor Sight - Manchester

Exhibition showcases latest products and services for people experiencing sight loss issues.

Failing sight is a widespread side-effect of getting older, yet most people affected have very little help managing their deteriorating condition. Many will accept their failing sight as ‘one of those things’. However, there are a number of products and services available that can significantly improve the ability to enjoy life and live independently.

Sight Village is the UK’s biggest and best exhibition for people who are blind, visually impaired or suffering from failing sight. Free to attend, the exhibition has a wide range of exhibitors ranging from organisations selling specialist equipment to theatre groups – and everything in between.