100% BCBA Pass Rate

 The BACB has released pass rate data for first time BCBA exam candidates in 2018. We are delighted to announce that the Tizard Centre (University of Kent) had a 100% pass rate, with all 8 first-time candidates passing the exam and becoming Board Certified Behaviour Analysts – https://www.bacb.com/wp-content/uploads/BCBA-Pass-Rates-Percent_190509.pdf

We are currently accepting applications for Sept 2019, when we will begin teaching to the 5th edition task list. More details on our website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/105/applied-behaviour-analysis



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Honorary Degree 2019 awarded

 We are delighted to announce that Mark Brookes  is to be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Kent at its graduation ceremonies in July    Mark, who works for Dimensions as a Campaign Advisor, is an advocate and campaigner for people with learning disabilities who has particularly focused his energy on seeking to counter the hate crime and harassment so often targeted at people with learning disabilities. As a man with learning disabilities himself he is able to speak as an expert by experience. The award of an honorary degree signifies the University’s clear view that the insights, experience and practices of people with learning disabilities, like Mark, are of value and their contribution should be recognised in an academic environment. We couldn’t agree more!


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Tizard Prize Winners

We were delighted to award our annual prizes at the Jim Mansell Memorial Lecture & Dinner 2019 with the following prize winners:
Outstanding achievement in Undergraduate Studies: Danny Mann
Outstanding achievement in Postgraduate Studies: Holly Smith
Outstanding effort in Undergraduate Studies:  Jen Phillips
Best mark in a final year Tizard module:  Lauren Jenner, Bronte Jenkins and Samantha Thompson
Edward Newell Prize:  Krysia Waldock
Patricia Collen Memorial Prize: Max Taken



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Call for Research Participants

Beckie Whelton (Tizard Centre) is currently carrying out research on parents experiences of the attitude of others towards the death of their child with ID and/or Autism and complex needs.  Beckie is particularly interested in the support people have received and would like to talk to people who are in this situation.

For full information please see the attached flyer or contact Beckie direct on rcl7@kent.ac.uk (Tel: 01227 827771)

Call for Research Participants flyer


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Research Findings – Dissemination

We do hope that many of you and your colleagues will be able to join us at Friends House, Euston, London to hear about some of the research that the Tizard Centre have been working on, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, School for Social Care Research.   This is being held on Friday 3 May from 09:30 – 16:00 hrs.  Free lunch and refreshments are included as part of the day giving networking opportunities to discuss these issues with professionals and academics.
If you haven’t already done so please use this link to book a free place:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/university-of-kent-tizard-centre-conference-tickets-59687693498

Topics will include: 
Austerity Project, reporting on what life is like for people who have lost care and support due to service cuts
Tourette’s syndrome, the difficulties adults with Tourette’s syndrome experience in their everyday life and their access to social care
Evaluating the quality of communication for people with IDD living in adult social care
Love Project, looking at loving relationships for people with learning disabilities

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at this event. If you have any queries please do contact us (J.Ruffels@kent.ac.uk )


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Evaluating the quality of communication for people with IDD

Are you interested in communication and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities?
Researchers at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent have been evaluating the quality of communication for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in adult social care.

  • We asked staff what they thought about communication.
  • We completed some assessments.
  • We observed communication exchanges.
  • We talked to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families about their experiences.

Some participants had communication passports and we wanted to know whether having a communication passport made a difference to the quality of communication.

Come and hear about what we found at a free one day workshop at the University of Kent on Thursday 25 April 2019 at 10.00 to 12.30 hrs.

We would like to share our research findings.  We will then spend time discussing what we might need to do to improve the quality of communication for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in adult social care.  Speakers include Dr Dinah Murray Dr Damian Milton and Dr Jill Bradshaw.

To register for a place, please email J.Bradshaw@Kent.ac.uk

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Open Day Session at the Tizard Centre

We will be holding an Open Day session on Monday 1 April 2019 at 10:00 – 12:00 hrs in Grimond lecture theatre 2, University of Kent, Canterbury campus.

Prof Julie Beadle-Brown will be giving the talk “Empathy – the key to understanding challenging behaviour in autistic children and adults”  If you wish to book a place please email J.Ruffels@kent.ac.uk


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Experiences of family carers – recruitment

Researchers at the Tizard Centre and PSSRU, University of Kent are conducting a study about the experiences of family carers who manage personal budgets for people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism who have moderate to high levels of support need.

The researchers would like to speak one-to-one with family carers to understand more about your experiences of managing personal budgets, such as what information and support is available to you.

The interview takes about 30-45 minutes and can be face-to-face or by telephone.  As a thank you, you will receive a £20 Amazon voucher for taking part.

If you would be interested in taking part in this please contact Agnes Turnpenny (a.v.turnpenny@kent.ac.uk) or Beckie Whelton (R.Whelton@kent.ac.uk)

For more information please see our poster

We very much look forward to hearing from you.



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Disability History Month December 2018

As Disability History Month 2018 draws to a close some inspiring student profiles curated by Kent Union were shared online.  The project entitled “Don’s Dis My Ability” was thought up and run by Omolade Adedapo and Kimberley Ubendran.

These included one by Krysia Waldock, PhD Student at the Tizard Centre.

“I’m an autistic PhD researcher at the Tizard Centre exploring attitudes towards autism in different faith communities and faith spaces. I’m a rotational panellist on BBC Radio Kent on the Sunday Breakfast show, talking about news from a faith perspective (which I really enjoy and hence the photograph), write my own blog (http://krysiawally.blogspot.com) and a proofreader for the GradPost.

Apart from my keen interest in media and all things writing, I love animals and spend far too long watching YouTube. My first degree was in German and French, so have enjoyed much travelling before my PhD.

Disability History Month is important to me to as it gives a voice and agency to disabled and neurodiverse students, letting us write our own narrative. This does not happen enough, and if it does, it’s usually tokenistic. The university can do so much more for disabled and neurodivergent students. It’s about time conversations started happening with us there.”

The other student profiles can be viewed using this link


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Keep Safe Training

Participants and trainers (Ro Rossiter, Tizard Centre, Stephen Barry and Victoria Jones, Be Safe Service Bristol) at the recent Keep Safe training in London. Keep Safe, an intervention for males aged 12-25 with learning disabilities who have displayed problematic or harmful sexual behaviours, was developed and feasibility trialled through a Tizard based project.

Thanks to Claire Bates and Choice Support for welcoming us. Amazingly, one of their receptionists – also in photo – was one of the characters in the well-known, and still used, sex and relationships video “My Choice, My Own Choice”.

There are a few places left on the next  Keep Safe training 22/23 November 2018 in Glasgow organised by NOTA Scotland- see https://www.cycj.org.uk/event/nota-scotland-keep-safe-intervention-for-young-people-with-learning-disabilities-who-display-harmful-sexual-behaviours-and-their-parents-carers/

For more information on Keep Safe see https://www.kent.ac.uk/tizard/sotsec/ySOTSEC/ySOTSEC.html
Malovic, Aida and Rossiter, Rowena and Murphy, Glynis H. (2018) Keep Safe: the development of a manualised group CBT intervention for adolescents with ID who display harmful sexual behaviours. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, 9 (1). pp. 49-58. ISSN 2050-8824. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1108/JIDOB-10-2017-0023) at  https://kar.kent.ac.uk/67387/

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