It’s been lovely to see your images of colourful ‘pandalas’ in windows at home and on social media, as well as photos of you wearing your homemade PDA Panda ears! Please do share your pictures with us by tagging us on social media or via email (if you’re happy for us to share with others).
We’re also really grateful to all those who have been able to continue donating or raising funds for the PDA Society during these difficult times – thank you!
If you’re looking for quick tips or information to share with others about PDA, here’s a round-up of our most popular resources:
Every PDA Day we take the opportunity to reflect back on the previous year.
During this time we’ve seen new PDA research published, with more in the pipeline. This all helps lead to better understanding and we can be more certain about what helps and what doesn’t, and professionals will become more confident in identifying and meeting needs.
We’ve also seen a huge increase in the PDA voice being heard at an increasing number of conferences, talks and training and in the many case studies and personal stories being shared online. Hearing directly about the lived experience has further added to the sense of ‘a truth that can’t be denied’ and an even greater depth of understanding.
It is clear that awareness and acceptance is spreading and the need for practical approaches which help is being better understood. There remains work to be done in establishing the best way to classify the profile and in ensuring consistency and clarity in professional practice.
Is there anything we can learn from the current crisis? Our PDA – life under lockdown survey revealed that a higher proportion of the PDA community appear to be finding that life under lockdown may be a positive experience overall, though for others life is exceptionally hard. It’s difficult to draw conclusions when we’re still in the middle of things, so like everyone, we’re taking each day as it comes. However, as we start to face transitioning back to ‘normal life’, finding and building on the positives is important, so here are our thoughts …
Acceptance: Doing what we can and knowing ‘good enough’ is good enough
Inclusivity: We should listen to all and leave no one behind
Community: Connections with others enrich our lives
Learning: Let’s embrace debate and learn from all
Personal development: We’ll all have grown and learned more about ourselves, our strengths and needs, during this time which will stand us in good stead in future
Systems: We now have proof that systems can change, so let’s harness the can-do attitude and encourage it to continue
Survival: Every day is a new day
Happy PDA Day 2020!
*Requires a printer, paper, scissors, glue and a headband. If you don’t have a printer you could replace the printable template with black paper and copy the basic design
**Many thanks to Sally Cat for designing these for us
Katie2020-09-20T12:52:13+01:00May 15th, 2020|All News|Comments Off on PDA Day 2020 Newsletter