Introduction and Overview of Genetics by Dr Alison Male
We start our Smith-Magenis conference this year with an introduction and overview of genetics presentation by Dr Alison Male.
Dr Alison Male is a consultant in Clinical Genetics at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. As a clinician she is involved in diagnosing genetic syndromes and arranging appropriate testing. She also provides information to patients and families about their genetic syndrome in a way that enables them to understand as much of their condition as possible. She is a member of the SMS professional board.
Communication and Makaton Workshop
Leila Gunning is a mother of a child with Smith-Magenis Syndrome.
Her daughter was introduced to Makaton to aid her communication from a very young age and prior to her diagnosis of SMS.
Seeing the huge advantages this gave to her daughter and how it opened up her world inspired Leila to take this further and want to be able to give other families the opportunity to develop communication pathways with their children.
Leila went on to train with Makaton and is now a registered Local Makaton Tutor who has worked alongside many of the early years setting attended by her daughter, teaching them Makaton.
Leila will be running a workshop on Sunday which will include a brief introduction about Makaton focusing on early years and getting started, this will include teaching of some core signs and symbols for those with young children who would like to introduce Makaton to their child.
Disability Benefits and Support
Jane Nelson has over 20 year’s experience of welfare rights as an advisor trainer and advocate on behalf of those claiming benefits.
Currently working at Birmingham City Council and Birmingham CAB as a Training and Support Officer she has extensive knowledge of both the current benefit system and the planned changes concerning welfare reform.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) will replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for new claimants nationally from 10th June 2013. Other existing DLA recipients, including children approaching the age of 16 will have to claim PIP rather than renewing their claim for DLA.
In addition there have been changes regarding Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), especially affecting young people aged 16 – 20.
This presentation will outline PIP, the changes to DLA and ESA, and attempt to guide participants through the complexities of the welfare benefits system.