Letterbox Library Produce Disability Focused Catalogue
Having attended the "In The Picture - The story so far" conference in October, Letterbox Library were inspired to invest in additional research into sourcing books which either directly or indirectly include disabled characters. The result is a special issue, disability focused catalogue. You can find out more by visiting their website.
"In the picture" in new early years science books!
Conference report published
Students live briefs
New report launched
One of the aims of In The Picture is to improve communication with disabled children; to enable them to be metaphorically as well as literally "in the picture" by giving them the means to understand their condition and experiences.
The report "Sharing information with disabled children in the early years", launched on 30 November, summarises research carried out by the project team which investigated both parents and professionals experiences sharing information with young disabled children.
You can read the research findings here.
The In The Picture team have developed a toolkit and training to help professionals and parents overcome these barriers - click here to find out more.
Workshops Promote In The Picture Principles
The principles and good practice promoted by the In The Picture project have now been taken up in teaching sessions to adult learners.
This October, twenty five people attended a Cartooning and Illustrating workshop run by Di Lorriman for Knuston Hall in Northamptonshire. Di showed examples of work and explained the content of two particular pictures that she had illustrated for the In The Picture website. These humorous cartoons caused some mirth and reflected inclusive practice in a school canteen and an art class [click here to see the illustrations]. Di explained that she had used her background of 20 years of teaching disabled children to help her with these drawings.
The In The Picture image bank was described. Members of the audience, particularly those that illustrated for children, were interested to know that this valuable reference resource was available to them. The importance of representing children of all abilities in illustrations was stressed.
Further cartooning and illustrating talks/workshops run by Di are being scheduled for the 2007 programme at Knuston Hall. Information on these will soon be available at:
More of Di's work can be seen at:
In The Picture Conference 11th October 2006
For more information about this event click here.
Youth Libraries Group - workshops reinforce the need
In The Picture Project Manager, Susan Clow and Dr Nicole Matthews from Liverpool John Moores University, facilitated two workshop sessions at the recent Youth Libraries Group Conference. The interactive sessions produced lively discussion that reinforced the need for more inclusive books.
Children's plea to make exclusion a thing of the past!
A group of children joined Quentin Blake to say "We want to see far more disabled characters in books" when they officially handed over the findings of the Quentin Blake Award project at the Unicorn Theatre in London.
The Quentin Blake Award is made annually by the Roald Dahl Foundation; last year's award went to Booktrust and gave them the chance to consult with children, especially disabled children, about all aspects of children's books.
Booktrust's Project Manager Alexandra Strick said "It's perhaps not surprising that so many disabled children told us they have grown up never seeing themselves in books. However, their stories and their thoughts on how to rectify this were really thought provoking. What is also interesting is that non-disabled children were equally vocal, feeling that books quite simply do not reflect the real make-up of the society we live in."
Click here [903kb PDF] to download a copy of the report.