Interconnections Worldwide

Working internationally to share information, help build knowledge and support teamwork around babies, children and young people who are disabled, marginalised or vulnerable

The home of Team Around the Child (TAC) and the Multiagency Keyworker


Foundation Years Team at NCB (UK) invite you to take a survey

Five minutes to make the Foundation Years better

From the team: We're looking to refresh the Foundation Years website as a hive of information and a community of best practice to support the early years workforce.

We'd really appreciate your help both in completing this quick survey by 5pm on Wednesday 3 April, and in sharing among your early years networks.

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News needed about transportation to school for students with disabilities

See below for links to some relevant videos

Tom Rickert writes:

Dear friends and colleagues,

As we plan for our next newsletter, we are once again seeking articles and photos to illustrate news about inclusive public transport that is accessible to persons with disabilities.  We are interested in all modes of land and water transport, including buses, taxis, ride-sharing, bikes and trikes, rail, school transportation, ferries, and walking.  News items are welcome concerning both motorized and non-motorized transport in urban or rural areas, including transport that benefits the mobility of seniors and students with disabilities.

With all best wishes,
Executive Director
Access Exchange International
San Francisco, California, USA
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Advance Care Planning in children’s palliative care. Can you help?

globe80Karen Carr, a palliative care children’s nurse specialist from the University of Ulster, is researching health care professionals initiation of children's Advance Care Planning. 

She is trying to identify any grey evidence (papers, guidance, toolkits etc. produced by organisations outside of the traditional commercial or academic publishing and distribution channels), relating to the initiation of Advance Care Planning in children’s palliative care. 

If you know of any please contact Karen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Psychological assessment in a mix of languages. Can you help?

Dr Lindsay Mizen writes: "In our service in Edinburgh (UK), we're seeing more people presenting to the learning disability service who don't speak English as a first language and therefore presenting a challenge to services in terms of confirming or diagnosing LD with English language specific assessment tools.  

Occasionally we've had access to a psychologist who speaks the patient's language and can access the correct versions of assessment tools for the patient, but this is very much the exception to the rule. 

More typically, formal psychological assessment is not deemed possible because of the language barrier and so OT functional skills assessments are sought to try and inform the process where possible. 

I wonder whether those of you in other places where there is perhaps more of a mix of languages have any information about how services elsewhere manage this issue or could make any further suggestions?

Many thanks in advance, 


Dr Lindsay Mizen
ST6+ Psychiatrist

Psychiatry of Learning Disability
South East Scotland Learning Disability Service
E-mail: MIZEN, Lindsay (NHS LOTHIAN) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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