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Making the jump

The 2001 Department of Health learning disability strategy recognises that employment is one of the key areas where people with learning difficulties can be included as citizens and sets out to increase the number of people with learning difficulties in work. This set of materials offers support on the period of transition from attending vocational courses in further or adult education into employment.

"Making the jump - transition to work: a guide to supporting adults with learning difficulties make the jump from education to employment"
Yola Jacobsen
ISBN 1 86201 143 5, September 2002, approx. 148pp.
A staff resource pack containing guidelines and examples of good practice
where adults with learning difficulties are effectively supported in their
transition from education to employment. It includes sections on the key
elements of a transition to work curriculum; funding and planning provision;
working with staff from other organisations; an overview of relevant current
government policy affecting employment and people with learning difficulties
and an action plan for people who want to develop transition to work

"Making the jump - 'We can do a good job': a pack for adults with learning
difficulties who want to work"

Yola Jacobsen
ISBN 1 86201 144 3, 112pp, June 2002
This is a resource for adults with learning difficulties who want to work. It contains ideas and examples of how people with learning difficulties can be involved in their own transition to work process and includes comments and ideas from people with learning difficulties who have 'made the jump' and are in employment. This pack is produced in large print, written in clear accessible language with illustrations and is available on audio CD.

The Making the jump set is available for £60.00. 'We can do a good job' is also available to buy individually for £15.00 each.

To order your copy contact:
NIACE, Publications Sales, 21 De Montfort Street, Leicester LE1 7GE
Tel: 0116 204 4216
Fax: 0116 204 4276
[email protected]

Or visit our website at where you can buy
securely online.

[posted 18th October 2002]

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Open Learning materials - Mental Health

Open Learning materials have been produced by Bolton Community College in conjunction with the Open Training College, Dublin, as part of their Socrates-funded Mental Health project. The three modules are entitled "Understanding Mental Health Problems", "Supporting People with Mental Health Problems" and "Supporting People with Mental Health Problems in an Educational Setting". They can be used as training materials for unqualified mental health service workers and also for staff development within a college setting. The cost of the pack is �60, obtainable from Liz Foster, Bolton Community College, Manchester Road Centre, Bolton BL2 1ER. For further information about the packs, phone Liz on 01204 453370 or e-mail [email protected]

[posted 19th September 2002]

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Bank tells people with learning difficulties 'It's Your Money'

'Many people are confused about banks,' said The Rt Hon Lord Ashley of Stoke at the national launch of It's Your Money. 'This guide does a first rate job at explaining banking.'

The Employers' Forum on Disability, in partnership with self-advocacy group People First and Barclays, has launched an easy-to-read, colourful guide to make it easier for people with learning and literacy difficulties to use banks. It's Your Money introduces the basics of managing money day-to-day; and takes the reader through opening up a bank account, how to keep track of money, using ATMs and the different services that banks provide. It also features the Barclays signature stamp, intended for customers who cannot supply a consistent signature.

Barclays is funding distribution of 200,000 copies to customers and disability groups throughout the UK free of charge. For a free copy of the booklet, call the Barclays Information Line on 0800 400 100 or the publications team at the Employers' Forum on Disability on 020 7403 3020.

[posted 10th June 2002]

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Directory of Further Education Opportunities

This new Directory focuses on special provision in mainstream colleges for disabled people. It provides information on over 250 colleges throughout England. It covers all aspects of mainstream further education & includes detail of the colleges’ access, support staff, courses & qualifications.
[posted 14th December 2001]

Directory of Supported Employment Opportunities

This essential tool for finding supported employment has been updated & expanded. It now provides information on over 360 Supported Workshops. The Directory includes details of each workshops client group as well as their products, services & the tasks undertaken. In addition it contains information about national organisations & publications relevant to disability & employment. If you would like to receive any further information about either of these directories, please go to:
[posted 14th December 2001]

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The Disability Manifesto

The disability manifesto aims to highlight the problems disabled people face throughout their daily lives. It has been produced to help inform politicians and members of the public about disability issues and for the use of campaigners. For information on how to obtain copies, go to:
[posted 14th December 2001]

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Stretching the Academy

The politics and practice of widening participation in Higher Education, produced by NIACE, edited by Jane Thompson. Cost �15.95, available from Publication Sales, NIACE, 21 de Montfort Street, Leicester LE1 7GE or visit
[posted 14th December 2001]

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