UWE SEND Conference 2018
What a great day we’ve had today at our first training event for student teachers. Huge thanks to UWE for offering us the opportunity to speak to so many of your students at your SEND conference.
One of the aims of our charity this year is to develop training for student teachers which can be used to challenge perceptions and encourage the teachers of the future to begin their careers with open minds, high expectations and the ability to see beyond labels to the individuals behind them.
UWE SEND Conference 2018 – Evaluation
We are hugely grateful to have been invited to speak at the UWE SEND Conference this week. If you heard our presentation, please fill in our evaluation form. Your feedback will be incredibly helpful in shaping our work as a charity.
AAC Awareness Month – New blog post
October is AAC awareness month. AAC stands for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. To find out more read our new blog post.
CBBC Locked In boy
We are delighted that our supporters are now able to watch the CBBC My Life documentary about Jonathan in full through this website. Please do share this with any families and professionals for whom it will be helpful or provide inspiration.
Taking the opportunity to officially launch Teach Us Too alongside Jonathan’s book was a wonderful opportunity to share our excitement with the 150+ guests gathered at Waterstones Piccadilly to celebrate. Surrounded by Jonathan’s family, friends and supporters, Sarah (one of our trustees) delivered a speech to mark the launch of our charity.
Eye Can Write – Book Launch
What an incredible evening was had by all at the launch of Jonathan’s memoir, Eye Can Write. Jonathan was joined by Sir Michael Morpurgo, who read an extract and poem from the book to the 150+ assembled guests. Jonathan’s own speech was delivered beautifully by his sister Susannah followed by an official launch for Teach Us Too (more about that later).
We had a fantastic day on Saturday 2nd June speaking at the inaugural FestABLE event at National Star College in Cheltenham. A first of its kind, this informative day was designed as a ‘festival of specialist learning’. We were honoured to join an impressive line up of guest speakers and very much enjoyed the festival feel accompanied by glorious sunshine!
Charity launching –
watch this space
Due to the overwhelming response that we have received to Jonathan’s initial campaign (which now has over 230,000 signatures), we feel that it is time to take it to the next level. We are currently setting up a charity of the same name and will be looking to make a real and lasting difference to the lives of children like Jonathan. Watch this space for more information as we have it. There are exciting times ahead for Teach Us Too!
PMLD Conference – Raising the Bar
On Friday November 24th Jonathan Bryan, along with his mother Chantal and teacher Sarah, was invited to speak on behalf of Teach Us Too at the National PMLD conference. This conference, held in Manchester, was organised in order to launch new PMLD Service Standards for educational, health and social care providers, to enhance the life experiences of children and adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
Jonathan was a key note speaker and had the opportunity to show his short film to a room full of professionals, Commissioners, service providers and parents. The film and Jonathan’s speech were very well received with many seeking Jonathan out afterwards to hear more about his Teach Us Too message.
BBC 2: Chris Evans Breakfast Show
On Friday 13th October Jonathan was invited by Chris Evans to see his Breakfast Show. At approximately 9.20am Chris mentioned Jonathan was in the studio and told the nation about Teach Us Too.
The House of Lords
When Jonathan started to spell everything he wanted to say, we never imagined that he would give a speech at the House of Lords. But, thanks to the Diana Award, that is exactly what he did on 14th September.
CBBC – My Life: Locked in Boy
Aired on 5th February 2018, this documentary followed Jonathan’s life from November to December 2016 and covers him meeting the then Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families, Edward Timpson, in his office in the Department for Education. It also features his confirmation in Malmesbury Abbey, and Jonathan’s time with Michael Morpurgo, who has written the foreword for Jonathan’s autobiography. Watch it here
Eye Can Write
Written over many hours, days and months, Jonathan has painstakingly letter by letter put together his autobiography covering the months just prior and just after he began to spell everything he wanted to say. With background chapters from his family this book is set to inspire you and challenge perceptions around children with ‘PMLD’. Publication is set for July 2018.
Communication Matters Conference
On 13th September Jonathan, Chantal and Sarah Giles (teacher) presented at a national communication conference in Leeds to 40 professionals, AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication) users and parents. The conference was useful in making connections with other people in the field of AAC and propagating the message of Teach Us Too – that all children should be taught to read and write regardless of their label.
Sadly, one of the AAC users in the room said “I can’t believe it is still like this 30 years on”. Let’s make sure that the same can’t be said in another 30 years!