28th June 1996 at 01:00
* Scope (formerly The Spastics Society), the UK's largest charity working with people with cerebral palsy, now has its own site on the World Wide Web. This is loaded with information about the charity's services and projects around the country, including the home page of Scope's Meldreth Manor School near Cambridge, which caters for children with both physical and learning difficulties.

Although most of the pupils at the school use special communication aids, they still manage to create personal pages with poetry, artwork and photos. "Students use the Net just like everybody else, sending e-mail, joining in news groups and researching school projects," says headteacher David Banes. "The launch of Scope pages might encourage others." Pages will be regularly updated with information and factsheets on cerebral palsy that can be downloaded. Scope is at 12 Park Crescent, London W1N 4EQ. Tel: 0171 636 5020.Web site:

* If you have an overlay keyboard and want software to create multi-layered presentations, the Concept Multimedia package with text, optional speech, colour graphics and video clips has something for everyone. It includes a floor-plan of Hampton Court Palace for children to explore and gardening tips for adults with special needs.Concept Multimedia runs on Windows Concept or Concept Plus for Windows, RM Multimedia Window Box or Multimedia PC and costs Pounds 35 plus Pounds 3 pp.Further details are available from The Advisory Unit: Computers in Education, 126 Great North Road, Hatfield, Herts, AL9 5JZ. Tel: 01707 266714.

* In an attempt to raise awareness of autism and encourage better understanding of the condition, the National Autistic Society has opened a Web site. The charity has plans to expand the site over the next few months, but for now there is ample information on such issues as education, care services, training, family support and fund-raising ideas. Further information on the National Autistic Society is also available from 276 Willesden Lane, London NW2 5RB. Tel: 0181 451 1114. E-mail:

Web site: http:www.oneworld.orgautismuk * Multimedia computers and portable technology have been instrumental in helping the National Literacy Association's Docklands Learning Acceleration Project (NLADLAP) realise its ambitious plan to equip pupils in the Docklands area of London with literacy skills. The project, which focused on 600 pupils in 15 schools, including one special school, celebrated its first birthday recently by inviting children and adults to take part in activities including poetry and story-telling sessions.

NLADLAP, which is funded by the London Docklands Development Corporation, also involves parents and community groups as well as teachers.

NLADLAP is at The Urban Learning Foundation, 56 East India Dock Road, London E14 6HE. Tel: 0171 537 1329. E-mail:

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