Author Archives: Saba Salman

About Saba Salman

Saba Salman is a social affairs journalist and commissioning editor who writes regularly for The Guardian. Saba is a trustee of the charity Sibs, which supports siblings of disabled children and adults, and an RSA fellow. She is a former Evening Standard local government and social affairs correspondent.

Campaign for the capital’s first sensory bus

TweetResponding to a lack of relaxing, interactive spaces for disabled people, Londoner Kay Alston has decided to launch her own campaign for the capital’s first ever sensory bus. The 32-year-old, who has moderate learning disabilities, is backed in her social … Continue reading

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Everyone can dance: wheelchair dance in pictures

TweetThe Wheelchair Dance Sport Association (WDSA) celebrates its 10th anniversary on Saturday with a gala event at the Stratford Circus Arts Theatre. “Everyone can dance” is the charity’s motto and the gallery of images here reflects the organisation’s work with … Continue reading

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Weather-inspired inclusive art on public display

TweetClouds suspended from the ceiling and lighting bolt sculptures form part of a new installation from a London-based inclusive art collective. Redstart Arts, a collaborative group of artists with learning disabilities, have been developing weatherSCAPE for several months and the … Continue reading

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New campaign for autism-friendly libraries

Tweet“Please be friendly and non judgemental. Don’t be shocked if I’m noisy and unpredictable. Smile, and please be nice to my mum, going out can be stressful for us all!” “This is the way I am and sometimes I find … Continue reading

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‘She had a life worth living – she was comprehensively failed’

TweetHow do families of people with learning disabilities or autism feel they are treated by health and social care professionals? According to Karen Callender Caplan, who I interviewed for the Guardian, “You feel dismissed, you feel ignored … you have … Continue reading

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Arts festival offers a focus on equal opportunities for disabled young musicians

TweetAcross the country, there are a dozen government-funded centres for advanced training, providing specialist education for young musicians. But there is no such equivalent for their young disabled counterparts. However, it is hoped that an arts festival, which opens next … Continue reading

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Mental health beds shouldn’t be so hard to find

TweetAbout 500 mentally ill people travel more than 30 miles for an inpatient bed every month, such is the scarcity of local provision. My piece in the Guardian today reflects longstanding concerns most recently outlined in a report from the … Continue reading

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The disability activist fighting injustice

TweetSocial policy professor Peter Beresford once described Doug Paulley, who I interviewed for today’s Guardian, as as a “caped care home crusader”. Paulley is known for his wheelchair priority case against transport company FirstGroup, hinging on whether bus firms are … Continue reading

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How cuts affect disabled people: “We’re going backwards – and fast”

TweetCoverage of the budget has been dominated by a focus on George Osborne’s headline-grabbing sugar tax, although it’s not quite enough to detract from the unfair deal for the embattled social care sector (check Twitter for #carecrisis to get a … Continue reading

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Play puts life with a learning disability centre stage

Tweet“I always wanted it to be about dance, drama, feelings”, said actor Nathan Bessell recently of the new play he has inspired and collaborated on. The 31-year-old stars in Up Down Man, at the Salisbury Playhouse until March 12. The … Continue reading

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