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This page will be listing news, events, research or anything else that is "happening" that is directly or indirectly of possible interest for people with hidden impairments. This page will really benefit from visitors input. If you are organising an event or are involved with project work or research that may benefit by having information on this page please E-mail me details. Obviously for anyone looking at this page please ensure you have read terms and conditions/disclaimer, before making use of any information found on this site.


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Andy Hayes standing for Parliament in Newark by-election

See press release for Andy Hayes, independent, Newark by-election UK 2014. On the following link.


Information received on 28th of April 2013.

The STAARS Project.

Major new research study into early detection of ADHD
Research at Birkbeck, The University of London

Families from across the UK are being invited to take part in a study to investigate the early emergence of ADHD. This is funded by, amongst others, the UK Medical Research Council.


Info received on 3rd of January 2014

ASD Research:

Team of researchers interested in hearing about people’s experiences of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the Criminal Justice System (CJS).

For more information;
Experiences of Autism and the Criminal Justice System..

Info received on 30th October 2013

Dyslexia, New Petition.

I have a son who has struggled throughout school and have always suspected he had Dyslexia. As the school feel they have been meeting his educational needs they saw no reason to have him diagnosed officially. Currently the NHS do not do Dyslexia diagnosis and parents are left to pay for this privately on their own. If my son had any other learning difficulty I could ask my GP for help. This seems so unfair. Schools are reluctant to pay due to financial restrictions, yet they are the ones expected to do it.

I have met many parents in this situation so have set up a petition to get dyslexia diagnosis on the NHS.

If we can get children diagnosed then this is the first step to getting them the correct help in school which currently few actually get.

Click the following, for petition link.

Posted on 2nd October 2013.

GB Learning Disability Team Announced For World Table Tennis Championships.

The UK Sports Association (UKSA) has today (Wednesday 2nd October) announced the team that will represent Great Britain at the 2013 Inas World Table Tennis Championships in Hong Kong this December.

For more information use the following link;
GB Learning Disability Team.


Posted on 31st of August 2013

Two great articles recently added to this site. These articles are particularly interesting from people with first-hand experience of having Autism Spectrum Disorder. Both showing if you have a dream and add some determination your differences won't necessarily prevent you from succeeding with your ambitions. Providing motivation and encouragement to us all.

How I Choose To Define Myself by Jo Redman.
World champion kickboxer talks about her journey to success following Asperger's Syndrome, diagnosis.

The biggest thing in my life is golf.
by Jordan, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder and Tourettes.

Info received on 25th of July 2013.

Patch study

Investigating ADHD in children born prematurely.

Research at The University of Nottingham.

Families from Nottingham are being invited to take part in a pioneering project to try to understand the links between being born very prematurely and the struggle to pay attention. Read more about the Patch study……

Received on the 7 March 2013

The Brain Injury Global Picnic.

        Brain Injury Global Picnic logo.
Saturday 21st September 2013.

The Brain Injury Global Picnic is an annual awareness event that aims to unite all brain injury and disability organisations across the world on one day. This year it will be Saturday, September 21. We invite everyone to organise their own picnic and to register it on our website www.biglobalpicnic.org  Each picnic organiser is encouraged to use the day to promote their own cause and to also contact their local media to gain coverage - this in turn is an opportunity to educate the public.

By working together on one day across the world we hope to wake up the world and to bring real change for us all. "Come Join Us!"

Received on 27 February 2013

Visible Community Project

Dear Sir/Madam

I am writing to tell you about an exciting new community project which could benefit many of the people you work with.

Inspired by the National Citizen Service, a group of students from a local sixth form are running a social action project aimed at children aged 8-15 with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and learning disabilities (including children with Down's Syndrome). We will be putting on our first session from 5.30-7.00pm at College Street Centre, College St, Nottingham NG1 5AQ on Friday 1st March (this Friday), and the first Friday of every month thereafter.

The sessions will aim to encourage the development of social skills through meeting new people, playing games and having lots of fun doing arts and crafts. We know it is short notice but we'd really appreciate if you would pass this information on to anyone who you think would be interested.

Absolutely anyone is welcome, the sessions are completely free of charge and we're sure that it will be enjoyable, relaxing for parents and lots of fun!

Refreshments will be provided from 5.15pm onwards and parents are welcome to stay and take part. Everyone running the programme is CRB checked and there will be an adult supervising.

If anyone would like further details, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Yours faithfully,

Danielle, Lucy and Olga
Leaders of Visible


26th February 2013

New website for ADD ADHD

By a 11 year old boy who is very proud and very positive about his ADHD.  He wishes to help others with ADHD and has built his new website to provide a very positive image of himself with ADHD.  Hoping that this will help other young people with ADHD and their parents.

If you have ADHD or parents of an ADHDer hi2u recommend visiting this site.  Use the following link;


Info received on the 12th February 2013

2013 Cambridge Science Festival

11 - 24 March 2013, bookings for events are now open.

With over two hundred events for all ages, the Festival aims to give everyone the opportunity to discover, question and take part in scientific activity at the University of Cambridge and partner organisations.  Over the two week period, guests will be able to explore research that is leading the world at events that discuss science and its place in our lives – covering subjects from astronomy to zoology, with hands-on experiments and talks from leading researchers and celebrities.

Highlights this year include: Professor John Gurdon, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine; science comedian Robin Ince; author Simon Mayo; and up-and-coming BBC Science presenter Helen Czerski.

Of particular interest is: 5.30pm – 7pm, 14 March

Focusing on ADHD

Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site, CB2 3QH

Supported by The Wellcome Trust and the British Association of Psychopharmacology

Poor concentration, hyperactivity and impulsivity are common in people with ADHD. These symptoms may be distressing and cause difficulties in daily life, but what causes them? How can they best be treated? This Brain Awareness Week discussion panel includes Professor Barbara Sahakian,

Dr Ulrich Müller and Dr Sam Chamberlain.

Event: 27, Map: 4, Talk, Ages 14+, Pre book*

The Festival web address is: http://www.cam.ac.uk/sciencefestival

18 Jan 2013

Hi2u supporting Dyslexia Together.

Last week Dyslexia Together launched their petition, regarding ITV Jeremy Kyle Show: Apologise for humiliating a Dyslexic guest and misrepresenting Dyslexia.

Read more;  http://www.hi2u.org/hi2u_4_d2g.html

15 Jan 2013

Article found on The Huffington Post United Kingdom

Teaching Children With Dyslexia


14 Jan 2013

News story video on;  ALJAZEERA

German IT company hires people with Asperger's for their mental capabilities and logical thinking.


New article, by Andy Hayes

Does Herbie have ADHD or are you like Herbie?

This article tries to highlight the positive side of ADHD and similar neurological conditions.

14th February 2012


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