Within Issue 86: Sharing Perspectives

The Spring issue of PMLD LINK will be a general edition, Sharing Perspectives. There is no overarching theme, allowing us to consider a wide variety of relevant topics under one cover – whatever is of most interest to you, our readers.

Over the last few years the journal has covered a wide range of themes – the advancement of technology, art and culture, leisure and pleasure and in this edition, health. All of these are significant issues for people with PMLD. Are we missing anything?

The Spring 2016 edition of PMLD LINK started with a ‘call to arms’ where Michael Fullerton’s article highlighted the necessity of awareness and attention to ‘detail’ when considering the lives of people with PMLD. We hope that a general edition allows us to address these details. We feel strongly that we need to allow contributors the opportunities to present ideas that may not be easily ‘squeezed’ into a themed edition. This is an opportunity for us to share articles and information reflecting the idiosyncratic nature of people with PMLD and their lives.

Our last general issue was Summer 2011 and had a very eclectic range of articles – discussions about communication, around health and welfare, some musings from a teaching assistant and useful information relating to the process of becoming a legal deputy.

Another article shared the developments of the Department for Education’s Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Project including a focus on the Engagement Profile. This particular resource has recently come back to the fore within the education of pupils with PMLD. This approach to assessing progress was one of the many recommendations made to government by The Rochford Review: Final Report (October 2016) when commenting on statutory duties of assessment in schools. What will be the significance of this to learners with PMLD? Are you an educator, a policy maker or a parent, who feels strongly about this issue?

Is there is anything you feel PMLD LINK has not covered recently- or at all? Is there something you would like to share, whether it is something which had a really good outcome, or perhaps a problem you have not been able to solve; a new approach you have come across or would like to find out more about; a response to one of the articles you have read; or a follow up of topics covered in a past issue? If so, or if you have a burning topic that you want to air, now is your chance!

Contributions can be any length up to 2000 words. Short or long, they are equally welcome and remember – you can write about any topic you feel is relevant!

Copy date Friday 10th March 2017

Guest Editors of the Spring issue

Wendy Newby

Jillian Pawlyn