Liesje Dusausay, chief executive of Sparkle Sheffield, the autism charity, has accused Sheffield Council of “abusing” children with special educational needs by failing to provide the right educational environment. Dusausay told Sheffield Live! that many children are still waiting confirmation of their school placements while others are so distressed at their current schools that they are self-harming. Sheffield Council released a statement last week admitting mistakes had been made which the authority said it “truly” regretted. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke with members of Sparkle and concerned parents.
Norfolk Community Primary school is celebrating a new sensory room dedicated to children with additional needs. Youngsters aged between two and six, with conditions such as ADHD, autism and other developmental challenges, will now be able to benefit from the new facility which will provide a safe, calm and comfortable environment. The room has a range of high quality sensory resources including lighting, smells, bubble tubes, music and a projector.
Sparkle Sheffield are raising awareness of autism, and the dangers of sparklers for children with autism around Bonfire night. They are encouraging people to wear something sparkly instead, or take part in a dance, over the bonfire period. Sparkle are asking people around the world to post their photos on social media. Founder of Sparkle, Liesje Dusauzaytold Sheffield Live why she decided to set up the campaign.
Sparkle Sheffield, a group who support parents and carers with autistic children, are celebrating their first year of success. They run parent groups and advice sessions, and get the children involved in a range of activities. For their one year anniversary, the public could see art by the children and their families and get involved in an evening of entertainment.