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Weekly digest, 16 September  2021

Social media posts, events and highlights of the past 7 days

On Twitter we've been sharing sources of special educational needs support. Meanwhile, on Facebook ...
 
Monday Focus - Fatigue
The intensity of the eye movements in nystagmus is influenced by, among other things, how tired a person is feeling. But does nystagmus itself cause tiredness?
There is a wealth of anecdotal evidence to suggest that the extra effort and energy needed to remain focused on a task or even just using the eyes can cause fatigue. But what if the nystagmus eye movements also disturb sleep? What's your experience?


Tuesday Networking - Kathryn introduces us to Goalball
If you've never tried Goalball, now's your chance to find out more about the sport. Kathryn joins us for Open Day 2021 to let the nystagmus community know all about Goalball. Meanwhile, you can find out more about Kathryn and her sport in this guest blog post.


Wednesday Awareness - Children in school in Wales?
Changes to the education system in Wales have come into force for the new academic year. The old SEN system is to be replaced by ALN (Additional Learning Needs). The new system will be phased in gradually until Summer 2024, with a timetable in place for transfer of children and young people currently receiving support through the SEN system.


Thursday Research - How Does It Feel Now?
A new survey reveals post-pandemic attitudes to eye care
Article by Aleksandra Jones | 09/02/2021 | The Ophthalmologist
The See Tomorrow initiative surveyed over 1,000 adults in the US.
1 in 4 respondents is thinking more about their ocular health now than they did before March 2020.
9 out of 10 respondents indicated their eyesight and eye health were important to the pursuit of a promising future.
Compared to before the pandemic, 38% of people are willing to spend more on improving their health.
A third of respondents trust their care professional more than they did in early 2020.


Friday Fundraiser - Joshua
Joshua will be running his very first half marathon later this month and we are honoured he has chosen to fundraise for the Nystagmus Network. His son, James, is going to be very proud of his Dad.


Prize Raffle – win a fabulous prize in the Nystagmus Network Open Day 2021 raffle and help raise some much needed funds for nystagmus research.
All proceeds will go directly to the Nystagmus Network research fund.
Each donation earns entry into the raffle, which will be drawn on Saturday 25 September at the online Nystagmus Network Open Day 2021 networking event.
Buy your raffle tickets on Justgiving.

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