IASS February 2023 E- Bulletin

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Hello February

Welcome to our
February 2023 E- Bulletin


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IASS Community Outreach Events


IASS welcomes parents and carers to join us at one of our many community events throughout 2023. Please contact the relevant organisation or contact us for further information: 


Walsall Wolverhampton Parent Carer Support Group
When: Tuesday 7th February 2023 from 9:30am to 11:30am
Where: Low Hill Community Centre, Kempthorne Avenue,
Wolverhampton, WV10 9JJ

SEN parent session 

When: Thursday 9th February 2023 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Where: Merridale Primary school, Aspen Way, Wolverhampton WV3 0UP
(This session is for parents of children who attend the school)

SEN parent coffee morning
When: Wednesday 15th February 2023 from 9:00am to 11:30am
Where: Stowheath Primary school, Hill Road, Willenhall, WV13 3TT 
(This session is for parents of children who attend the school)

SEND Solutions with IASS

When: Tuesday 7th March 2023 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Where: WV Active Bert Williams, Nettlefolds Way, Bilston, WV14 0EF

Sensory Inclusion event 
When: Wednesday 8th March from 4:00pm to 6:30pm
Where: Bantock House Stables, Finchfield Road, Wolverhampton, WV3 9LQ
(Available to parents and carers of children with visual or hearing impairments)

Wolverhampton Outreach: Presentation on EHCP’s

When: Wednesday 26th April 2023
Where: Moreton Secondary School, Old Fallings Lane, Wolverhampton, WV10 8BY

Parent session on SEND

When: Thursday 27th April 2023 from 9:00am to 10:00am
Where: Whitgreave Primary School 
(This session is for parents of children who attend the school)

Parent session on behaviour

When: Thursday 8th June 2023 from 9:00am to 10:00am
Where: Whitgreave Primary School 
(This session is for parents of children who attend the school)


IASS confidential advice 

On the following dates from 10:00am to 12:00pm IASS will offer 1:1 advice
in confidential space at the Voice 4 Parents coffee mornings:

Tuesday 18 April

Tuesday 6 June

Tuesday 26 September

Tuesday 14 November


Low Hill Strengthening families Hub

26 – 28 Fourth Avenue

WV10 9LZ

Sam Farewell

Farewell Sam


The Information, Advice and Support Service said a fond farewell to Samantha Cutler last week as she moved to a new job.  

Sam had only been with the service a short time but brought a wealth of SEND experience and expertise to her role. We know that families who have been working with Sam will miss her knowledge, reassurance and positivity.

Good Luck to Sam in her new role.


Update from Wolverhampton
SEND Partnership 


The SEND Partnership Board has released its first E- Bulletin of 2023. 

Find out about the development of Wolverhampton's Local Offer, continuing improvements to the SEND services and how to get involved.

Read the full article here.

Wolverhampton SEND Partnership E- Bulletin

Sassy Sensory Surprise- Feb '23

Kidz to Adults exhibition coventry

Kidz to Adultz free exhibition: 
16 March 2023 Coventry


Join Kidz to Adultz on Thursday 16th March 2023 at 9:30am to 4:30pm at Exhibition Hall, Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry, CV6 6AQ for their free exhibition dedicated to supporting children and young people with additional needs.

Chat with knowledgeable specialists in their fields, try out equipment & products and connect to services and organisations that can support you.

Guest speakers will deliver presentation seminars to support parents and carers in areas including autism in girls, toilet training, independent travel training, managing bathing, learning to drive and young adults financial guidance.

To book your free place click here.

Phase Transfer seminar


As part of our Kidz to Adultz Middle exhibition, Gurvinder Kaur, a solicitor specialising in public law & education, with 14 years of experience representing parents, children and young people in all areas of education law, will be delivering a seminar focusing on phase transfers and SEND appeals. Her extensive experience supports learners with a breadth of needs including autism, Cerebral Palsy, Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs), language difficulties and sensory impairments. 

By attending the session you will develop you understanding of statutory timescales, the legal basis for placements, practice pointers for tribunal appeals, practical consideration and legal position on phase transfer placements. 

Find out more and other sessions available here. 


New guide for effective conversations about medication for autistic children and young people and those with a learning disability


The Council for Disabled Children has worked with parent carers of autistic children and children with a learning disability, medical professionals and charities to develop a guide to improve conversations and decision-making about the prescription of psychotropic medication.

To help parent carers and professionals improve their conversations, they have developed a guide that covers five key areas.

Click here for more information and to read the guide.


Healthy parent carer programme


The Healthy Parent Carers programme is a 12-week programme designed to improve the health and wellbeing of parent carers of disabled children.

Unlike other self-help programmes, it is exclusively run by parent carers for parent carers.

Find out more here.

RSBC Sisterhood virtual sessions

RSBC Sisterhood virtual sessions


Until March 2023, RSBC is offering online sisterhood sessions for girls and young women who are blind or visually impaired.

Session topics include emotions, adapting to change, self- compassion, food and moods and friendships.

Click here to book your free place.

The Way: Arts Award

The Way Youth Zone:
Arts Award Programme


The Way Youth Zone is offering a 10 week programme starting in February to juniors and seniors wanting to develop their artistic flare. On completion, they will gain an Arts Award qualification.

For further information contact 01902 328290/ info@thewayyouthzone.org

Adaptive bike hire

West Midlands Cycle and Walk: adaptive bike hire


West Midlands Cycle and Walk in collaboration with the Active Wellbeing society are offering loan of their adaptive bikes.

Models include low step trikes, handcycles and recumbent trikes.

Complete your application here. 

Bilston Library Activity Club - Feb to March '23

Autism West Midlands- Info guides

Autism West Midlands info guides


Autism West Midlands has a library of factsheets and guides to support parents and carers in understanding Autistic Spectrum Condition.

Topics include food and diet, stimming, behaviour, self injury, sensory issues, transitions, communication and many more.

Access their resources here. 

Young Minds: Mental Health exam period

Young Minds: Mental health during exams


Exams and revision time can be stressful for pupils.

Young Minds offers its guide to dealing with the pressures by finding balance, being organised and scheduling rest time.

Read the full guide here.

Living painting

Free library for the blind
or visually impaired 


Living painting is a free library service offering children and young people who are blind or visually impaired access to tactile and audio descriptive books.

Children's classics include Elmer the elephant, spot the dog, Hairy Maclary, Rupert the bear, as well as newer releases including Peppa Pig and tales from Julia Donaldson and Tom Fletcher.

View their library here.

Autism West Midlands Webinar: 17 February 

Autism West Midlands - Autism Processing webinar

Autism West Midlands welcomes parents and professionals on 17 February to their
virtual webinar exploring 'how autistic people process information'.

Discover what neurodiversity is, information processing, the impact this may have on the child or young person and how you can support.

Book your place here. 

Contact- Speech and Language workshops

Speech and Language
virtual workshops


Contact welcomes parents and carers of children with communication difficulties associated with hearing impairment, language impairment and autism to its speech and language support workshops throughout February.

Sessions cover early years, primary and secondary school ages to provide you with vital insight and support.

Book your place here.

The Witherslack Group: Free ADHD webinar 

Witherslack ADHD 8 Feb


Join The Witherslack Group on 8 Feb 10am for their free webinar
'ADHD: Strategies to support dysregulated behaviour'. 

The session will explore the link between ADHD and emotional reactivity
to provide strategies of support to parents, carers and teaching professionals.

Book your place here. 

1:1 training to develop your digital skills

Secret Angels Digital Training

Family Fund Your Opportunity grant

Your Opportunity
Family Fund Grant


If you are the main carer of a disabled young person aged 18-24 years old, who lives at home, you could be eligible for a Your Opportunity grant from Family Fund.

The grant can support personal care, access to social activities, further training, communication tools, specialist resources, therapy and medical treatments.

To discover if you are eligible and apply click here.

NHS logo

NHS sensory friendly
resource pack


NHS England has produced a resource pack to improve the sensory environment for autistic people.

Click here to view. 

Complete our evaluation survey 

Wolves IASS is always grateful for the wonderful feedback we receive from families that have benefitted from our service.

If you have been supported by IASS previously, we would love to hear about your experience with us.

Please complete our evaluation survey here.


Share your news


We aim to share uplifting stories and good news events from around our wonderful Wolverhampton area! 

If you run services or activities for children with a Special Educational Need or Disability or support their families, we would love to hear from you! 

Also, if you have a happy news story or wish to celebrate the great work of an organisation, please email ias.service@wolverhampton.gov.uk. Please attach a photo or videos and a short blurb to feature. 

We send out the e-bulletin monthly around the first Monday of the month, so we would appreciate this being sent to us by the middle of the previous week.

Our next e-bulletin will be shared on 1 February so please send any inserts by 27 January 2023.

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