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AchieveAbility fundraising concert December

03/12/2018, 02:12 pm

AchieveAbility bringing Christmas spirit to Mirfield with Handel’s Messiah concert
AchieveAbility is set to bring festive cheer to Mirfield with a charity performance of Handel’s Messiah by a talented local choir.
Taking place at Trinity Methodist Church, Mirfield, on 8 December from 7.30pm, the concert will raise vital funds for AchieveAbility.
AchieveAbility is a charity that promotes opportunities in education, employment and training for people with autism and dyslexia. Barry Sheerman, MP for Huddersfield, is president of AchieveAbility, having played a key role in education policy and debates.
Barry Sheerman MP for Huddersfield and president of AchieveAbility, said: “Hallelujah! It’s the Mirfield Messiah concert, a chance to hear the ultimate Christmas music performed by a brilliant local choir, and every ticket sold will go to the remarkable charity AchieveAbility.”
The concert will feature vocals from talented local choir, with soloists: soprano, Rhianydd Beaumont; mezzo soprano, Sally Perkins; counter tenor, Ruairidh Pattie; tenor, David Heathcote; and baritone, Jamal Deacon. Gordon Balmforth BEM will be conductor, and Ian Abbott will be organist.
Tickets are available at: https://mirfieldmessiah.eventbrite.co.uk
For the latest updates on the concert, follow @AchieveAbility1 on twitter, or like the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/615233058879322/ #HandelsMessiahMirfield


Neurodiverse participants needed for MA Arts based research

09/07/2018, 05:52 pm

Can you help? Neurodiverse participants needed for MA Arts based research (London)
Jess Starns is founder of ‘Dyspraxic Me’ a charity for young adults with dyspraxia. She is currently completing Inclusive Arts Practice MA at the University of Brighton.
From 15th October- 26th November 2018 Jess shall be delivering her research project.
Her Masters is arts based and shall be using art as a way together data and discussions responding to her research question.

The research question is:
How should we interpret and curate the history of labelling people with specific learning difficulties (neurodiversity)?

Jess is currently looking for a maximum of 10 participants to work with her as a group and being involved in the arts-based research. The research is for participants who define themselves as having a specific learning difficulty (neurodiversity) for example dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, ADHD, ASD and autism.
The research will take place over 7 sessions. From 15th October till 25th November for 7 weeks.

The research will take place at the:
Free Space Project, Kentish Town Health Centre, 2 Bartholomew Road, London NW5 2BX.
Apart from the 2nd session on Tuesday 23rd October will take place at:
The Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, Kings Cross, London NW1 2BE.
Each session will last for 3 hours from 11am till 1.30pm.
What is the purpose of the study/project?

The purpose and aims of the study are:
The research will start conversations through learning about neurodiversity history by exploring archives, newspaper articles and museum objects, reflecting on their own personal experiences, in comparison to, and informed by, archive items at the Wellcome Collection. Learning what is important to the neurodiverse community when telling the history of labelling people with learning difficulties including charitable, medical, educational and personal narratives.
Discuss how to tell an unbiased narrative through historical accounts and personal experiences.
The terminology to use when talking about neurodiversity, the history of classifying people with learning difficulties, challenge prejudice views, to think about why there is a focus on ‘curing’, exploring current attitudes and how we portray neurodiversity in the media.
Through the research Jess would hope to find out for museums and collections what’s important to the neurodiverse community when telling the history of labelling people with learning difficulties? Through the charitable, medical, educational and personal narratives.
Please let Jess know if you have any questions or would like to find out more about the research.
If you are interested and would like to know more information please contact Jess via her university email address: Jas35@brighton.ac.uk


Tribute to Dyslexia Action

16/04/2017, 12:41 pm

AchieveAbility would like to pay tribute to the work undertaken by Dyslexia Action. We are so sad to hear that Dyslexia Action will no longer exist. However we are very pleased to hear that the Dyslexia Action training will still remain.

Dyslexia Action were key partners for AchieveAbility when in 2004 we were a UK national project. Margaret Rooms was integral to our success and made our work a joy with the consistent support of Dyslexia Action. They were excellent in their collaboration by sharing expertise and knowledge for the greater good of dyslexic people. Over 40 years Dyslexia Action provided key services to dyslexic individuals. They were early pioneers who worked to establish an understanding of dyslexia so all of us might benefit.

Barry Sheerman MP
Katherine Hewlett
Ross Cooper
Pierre Marsh
Debra Kelly
Graeme Hall
Melanie Thorley
Craig Kennady
Kevin Maskell
(AchieveAbility Board)


Comic Relief funds REFUND

15/02/2017, 06:17 pm

AchieveAbility is working with Camden Recovery unit and St Mungos to bring skills and resources to those who are in recovery and Neurodivergent

We are working with those who are most in need to ensure a better future with the REFUND project

REFUND: Recovery and education for undiagnosed Neurodivergence

The program is unique and will be for those in recovery who are:
dyslexic or ADHD, autistic dyspraxia, dyscalculia or asperger’s.
This is called being ‘ Neurodivergent’ and can be strength.
Camden Recovery Service have teamed up with AchieveAbility a
user lead charity to provide the following:
• Sessions about your strengths and skills
• Mentoring to progress to employment & training
• Networking opportunities with successful role models
• Short courses to give you the skills for:
Reading- writing- presentations- form filling-communication
computer work- CV’s- job hunting- note taking- spelling
• Professional accredited training sessions
• Advice, guidance and reference opportunities


Neurodiversity in Action debate March 16

03/04/2016, 06:59 pm

The debate panel will be collecting the main points to circulate in the near future with a call for action. Thank you so much for your contributions!

In the mean time the key themes to come out of the debate were the following:

The need for Neurodiverse adults

• To have proper representation by working together for a collective voice – a coherent lobby for a coherent message. This is about what we do and linking up with allies

‘nothing about us, without us’

• The need for greater emphasis on results rather than the process – with changes put in place for alternative testing and assessment in the workplace and in education.

• A need for consistency in systems such as Access to Work, Job Centre Plus and the Disability Student Allowance to ensure that Neurodiverse adults can access this support

• Clarity on the legislation that is in plain English

• Accessibility of information on a web site populated with videos and images