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NEW: APD PROVISION BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES (ENGLAND/WALES)
Statistics for England and Wales 2021-22

In 2021-22, APD Support UK sent all Local Authorities in England and Wales a survey concerning their APD provision. We also provided every Local Authority/LA in England and Wales with detailed information on APD. Most of the replies were received only after a Freedom of Information request was needed. 

Our response to the LA replies included information regarding appropriate signposting for specialist APD testing, the legal obligation for schools to provide all reasonable adjustments recommended by an APD specialist, the need for all co-morbid conditions to be identified and fully supported, and the obligation of all sensory teams,Teachers of the Deaf/ToDs etc. to support APD in the provision and use of assisted listening devices to all children with APD where recommended on diagnosis, and that they must not only support children who also have hearing loss. We also stressed the need for support to be specific to the child's unique APD profile (and not the same provision as for a child with hearing loss). We also reminded them of the need to disseminate this information to all schools that they are responsible for.

Our full responses are also available below, for England and for Wales. Please would LAs and other education professionals disseminate this information to all schools.

LA APD Survey Data
21-22
LA APD survey data 21-22.pdf LA APD survey data 21-22.pdf
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APD Support UK's response to English LAs
LA Response Feb 2022 England.pdf LA Response Feb 2022 England.pdf
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APD Support UK's response to Welsh LAs
LA APD Response Feb 2022 Wales.pdf LA APD Response Feb 2022 Wales.pdf
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NEW: AN APD GUIDE FOR EMPLOYERS

This document will describe APD and its effects (especially in the workplace) and explain how employers can help employees with APD to maintain employment by way of small reasonable adjustments. There is also a document "APD-friendly Interviews - for Employers." Please share these with your employer. These can help  adults with hearing loss and other communication issues too.

An APD Guide for Employers.pdf An APD Guide for Employers.pdf
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APD friendly Interviews- for Employers.pdf APD friendly Interviews- for Employers.pdf
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AN APD GUIDE FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS

The following document addresses the reported lack of APD awareness that currently exists among certain UK medical professionals, particularly around the areas of identification and the referral of patients seeking an accurate diagnosis. It explains why various commonly-held views are incorrect (and potentially damaging to patients) and aims to dispel some of the myths that currently exist.

 

Even if you think you know how to identify APD and its effects, also where/why/how to refer parents and patients appropriately for an accurate diagnosis, please read the facts. They may surprise you.

 

APD REFERRAL PROCESS

A guide on the referral process for APD for medical professionals is also available below as a separate document. Also a new brief APD factsheet to share.

Further information on APD and a list of specialist testing centres are available here on the About APD page

AN APD GUIDE FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS.pdf AN APD GUIDE FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS.pdf
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APD REFERRAL PROCESS.pdf APD REFERRAL PROCESS.pdf
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N.B. Our testing centres document can now be found on our Diagnosis page. If you are a professional who runs an APD testing centre that is not included in our list and you feel that is should be added, or you are a parent/patient who has have been referred to one for yourself or your child, please email us: apd.support.uk@aol.co.uk
NEW APD FACTSHEET


A one-page document containing a brief list of basic facts about APD. It is intended to signpost those who have APD to this website, and those who suspect APD, or simply want to learn more about it. Please share with anyone you feel needs to know more about APD.

APD Factsheet.pdf APD Factsheet.pdf
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PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH


Hear to Listen and Listen to Hear
The importance of testing for hearing loss and APD, and protecting your hearing,

Please click the image below to watch the video, or the link provided.
A short video sponsored for World Hearing Day 2022 by the Master of APD of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki School of Medicine. How to protect your hearing, When to seek professional help. Remember the interaction of hearing with learning, cognition and mental health and the importance of checking your hearing and auditory processing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIyb11BHv7I
UK RESEARCH

Experiences of Patients With Auditory Processing Disorder in Getting Support in Health, Education, and Work Settings: Findings From an Online Survey

Authors: Deepashri Agrawal, Giorgos Dritsakis, Merle Mahon and Doris E Bamiou

This research article, published by "Frontiers in Neurology", was based on the findings of a online survey devised by the above researchers at University College London, in association with Alyson Mountjoy, Chair of APD Support UK. It took place via this website and the APD Support UK Facebook groups and highlights the views of family members of children with APD and adults with APD. Please share.
 

 MORE UK AND INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH

Below you will find a selection of other research articles on APD by eminent international professionals. More will be added as time goes by.

  • European 17 countries consensus endorses more approaches to APD than reported in Wilson 2018

  • The APD MESHGUIDE https://www.meshguides.org/guides/node/1432 Campbell N, Grant P, Rosen S and Moore D. 2018. The APD MESHGuide was commissioned by the British Association of Teachers of the Deaf Foundation. It offers a comprehensive and readable snapshot of what is happening around the world, the evidence-base for APD, guidance for assessment and intervention, and practical handouts. It promotes a high standard of research and evidence-based care and encourages both international and multi-disciplinary collaboration. The aim is to empower professionals, funders and parents in their decision making, and help move the field forward.


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  • "Adults with APD" is our international group for adults and that is also open to supportive professionals.
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