Charity launches “Alert Card” to help young people with dyspraxia in difficult situations
Thanks to new funding from the charitable foundation, St James’ Place, leading charity, the Dyspraxia Foundation has developed a credit card-sized resource to be carried by anyone with the condition. Similar to an alert card first launched for people living with autism, these can be used to advise anyone (e.g. police, passers-by, emergency services, shop assistants et.c) of the possible difficulties the carrier of the card may have, as well as providing contact details in the case of an emergency.
In addition to helping people who might find themselves in a distressing situation, the card lists essential information on how to deal with someone who has dyspraxia including explanations of possible difficulties with social interaction, communication and understanding.
The card advises legal and criminal justice professionals that the holder is a “Vulnerable Person”, whether as a victim, witness or suspect and that their difficulties could put them at a disadvantage when their actions and behaviour can be misinterpreted and will need an “Appropriate Adult” to be present.
Theresa Hart, a trustee of the charity and also a parent of a teenager with dyspraxia comments; “All mothers worry about their teenage sons and daughters when they start going out and about on their own, especially in the evenings. We can’t protect them from everything but we at least want to be able to prepare them for difficult situations they might encounter.
“This new alert card is just one, small way of helping young people with dyspraxia to communicate more clearly or to “explain themselves”, particularly if faced with a person in authority, without becoming anxious, stressed or confused – all emotions that can sometimes make matters worse.”
Members of the Dyspraxia Foundation will be able to purchase the cards at a reduced rate so look on the new website shop for this useful resource for all ages. Cost: £2 (DF members) £5 (non-members).
The Dyspraxia Foundation is the only national charity in the UK dedicated to raising awareness of dyspraxia and championing the needs of people living with the condition.
Dyspraxia, a form of developmental coordination disorder (DCD), is a common condition that causes difficulties with fine and/or gross motor coordination, in both children and adults.
Dyspraxia affects around 5% of the population (2%, severely) and males are up to three times more likely to be affected than females. Dyspraxia sometimes runs in families – and there are believed to be one to two children affected in every class of 30 children. It can affect all areas of emotional, physical, language, social and sensory development, making many everyday tasks (such as dressing, tying shoelaces and writing) extremely challenging.
Formed in 1992, the St James’s Place Foundation is the charitable arm of the St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group and has so far raised over £30 million. The St. James’s Place Foundation funds hundreds of projects each year and to ensure its needs can be supported it relies heavily on the generosity and actions of Partners and staff to raise vital funds. Find out more about our Fundraising on our website: www.sjpfoundation.co.uk.