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Derby College Freshers’ Fairs

Derby College Freshers’ Fairs are the first chance students get to see what student life is really like. Every year the Freshers’ Fairs see thousands of students coming to find out about support services available, grab promotional materials, speak to local businesses and sign up to Clubs and Societies.

  • Tuesday 21st September at The Roundhouse on Pride Parkway
  • Wednesday 22nd September at Broomfield Hall nr Morley, Ilkeston
  • Thursday 23rd September at Joseph Wright Centre in Derby City

All Freshers’ Fairs run from 10.00am until 2.00pm.

What to do if your eligible child hasn’t been invited for a Covid vaccine yet?

Vulnerable children aged 12-15 eligible for a Covid vaccine should have received an invitation for their first appointment by Monday 23 August. NHS England has asked local health networks to ensure clinically vulnerable children are vaccinated before school starts in September. But as the deadline for receiving invitations passed, many parents had still heard nothing, while many others reported being told incorrect information by vaccination centres. Contact has information on what you can do.

#Wethe15 launches at Paralympics

#Wethe15 is a global campaign aiming to start a global movement to transform the lives of the 1.2 billion people globally who have a disability – 15% of the population. #WeThe15 has the support of 20 leading global organisations such as the International Paralympic Committee, World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations, Invictus Games and Special Olympics. They have joined forces for the first time to call for change. Launching at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, #WeThe15 is a campaign focussed on empowering and advancing the lives of people with disabilities. DR UK supports the campaign, which has much in common with our We Belong campaign aims.

Twitter’s new design criticised for being less accessible

Twitter has come under fire for launching a new design, with a bespoke font and high colour contrast after the changes caused users to suffer headaches. The changes were designed to clean up “visual clutter”. But many people with accessibility needs, especially those with processing and visual impairments, deluged the company with comments to say they found it confusing, hard to read and too bright. Twitter responded to say: “We’re making contrast changes on all buttons to make them easier on the eyes because you told us the new look is uncomfortable for people with sensory sensitivities.”

Large study strengthens link between autism, preterm birth

Premature birth is tied to an increased chance of having autism, according to the largest study yet to examine the connection. And premature birth itself — rather than unrecognized genetic or environmental factors — seems to underlie the association. The findings suggest that infants born prematurely need early evaluation and long-term follow-up to support the timely detection and treatment of autism, experts say.

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