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The Reith Lectures were inaugurated in 1948 by the BBC to mark the historic contribution made to public service broadcasting by Sir John (later Lord) Reith, the corporation's first director-general. The subject of the 2003 Reith Lectures was The Emerging Mind. Vilanyanur S. Ramachandran, Director of the Centre for Brain and Cognition at the University of California delves into the mysteries of the mind, exploring questions of neuroscience and philosophy. This resource is part of the Open2.net website which is the online learning portal from the Open University and the BBC.

The topic of this briefing is how parenting capacity can be affected by parental substance misuse (drugs and/or alcohol) and how this may be managed.

Website of Education for Choice, the only UK-based educational charity whose purpose is to enable young people to make informed choices about pregnancy and abortion.

The Aiming High for Disabled Children programme is seeking to improve the transition process for young disabled people moving to adult life. This resource contains information, advice and guidance for practitioners at all levels seeking to improve transition support for disabled young people and their families.

The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) is an independent body established in April 2000 by Act of Parliament to stop discrimination and promote equality of opportunity for disabled people.

This article, pages 8 and 9, covers news and views from the second national service user involvement conference in Birmingham. Using results of a consultation at the event, DDN looks at whether service users had been offered choices about treatment - and whether those choices had worked well for them.

Getting It Right for Every Child is an integrated system of getting the right help to children at the right time in their lives through agencies working together to provide a coherent, evidence based system of assessment, planning and recording. It aims to cut down bureaucracy and help children get the service they need when they need it. It is founded on understanding how children develop to reach their full potential and the fundamental value of children's and families' participation in assessment and planning.

Paper reviewing studies of arithmetic development in typically developing children and children with Down syndrome and concluding that further studies using larger samples of children with Down syndrome are required.

This information pack was designed to help staff, self advocates, families and friends to make communication better. The aim is to help people who are working in a Person Centred way, to better understand the communication styles of self advocates.