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Working with dyslexia

The 1996 Dyslexia Handbook, published by the British Dyslexia Association at Pounds 5 plus postage, explains how to recognise dyslexia and gives support to those affected and their families from early primary education to adulthood. Another publication from the association is a guide for dyslexic adults, Dyslexia: signposts to success, covering topics such as applying to colleges and universities, learning strategies, coping with examinations and writing CVs. Pounds 7.50 plus postage or Pounds 10 in tape form. Details: Publications department, BDA, 98 London Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1 5AU. Tel: 01734 662677.

Seeing and hearing

How do you spot whether severely disabled people have impaired sight or hearing? A course from Mencap, Manchester University and the Royal School for the Deaf starting in September aims to train parents, carers, non-teaching staff, teachers and therapists to recognise and work with sensory impairments and the whole range of disabilities. It can be taken at certificate level by non-professionals and at diploma or master level by teachers and professionals with appropriate qualifications. Details: Leighton Reed, Royal School for the Deaf Manchester. Tel: 0161 437 5951.

Mencap forum

Mencap has organised a conference to be held on May 16 at Westminster College, Oxford, focusing on the theme "Getting it clear: accessible information for people with a learning disability". Fee: Pounds 50, Pounds 10 concessions. Details: Helen Smeed, Mencap, 123 Golden Lane, London EC1Y ORT. Tel: 0171 696 5551.

Deafblind week

Schools and further education establishments will be participating in fun activities all over the country during National Deafblind Awareness Week from June 24-30. Details: National Deafblind League, 18 Rainbow Court, Paston Ridings, Peterborough PE4 7UP. Tel: 01733 573511.

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