Category Archives: Bullying

Campaigner Jonathan Andrews on the talents and skills of autistic people

Tweet Jonathan Andrews was once advised to hide his autism from prospective employers. Instead, he is making his name by doing just the opposite. The 22-year-old recently won campaigner of the year at the European Diversity Awards 2016 and talked … Continue reading

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People with learning disabilities are not scroungers or superheroes

TweetThe MBE recently won by Shaun Webster is, he says “two fingers” to the bullying colleagues who tormented him when he worked in a warehouse some years ago. You can’t disagree with the 43-year-old’s use of frank language – his … Continue reading

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Poor care for people with learning disabilities

TweetBy the time Robin Kitt Callender died, she had endured eight weeks of intermittent vomiting and diarrhoea, and her weight had fallen to five stone. In the four months before she collapsed at her Essex care home, the 53-year-old had … Continue reading

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The hidden victims of domestic violence

TweetBarbara Davis’s abusive boyfriend burned her fingers on the stove when he discovered her packed suitcase under the bed and realised she was trying to leave. He had controlled Davis, 36, who has a mild learning disability, for years. He … Continue reading

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Why is it OK for politicians to ignore people with learning disabilities?

TweetMore than one million people with learning disabilities are eligible to vote – so why are they ignored by politicians? My interview with Gary Bourlet in today’s Guardian explains how the veteran disability campaigner wants to give people like himself, … Continue reading

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Investigation into bullying at special school sparks questions for Winterbourne improvement scheme

TweetFresh questions are being asked about the government’s beleaguered post-Winterbourne drive to improve care for learning disabled people. An investigation is underway into “bullying accusations” at a special school run by a charity whose chief executive is trying to reinvigorate … Continue reading

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Charity helpline supports abuse victims with learning disabilities

TweetIf Simon Tovey gets anxious before using the bathroom, you might assume his panic is linked to his learning disability. Maybe the public convenience is unfamiliar? Yet Tovey’s fear is the result of the abuse he suffered at Winterbourne View … Continue reading

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Social networks and mental health: supportive environment or a stalking ground for cyber-bullies?

TweetBullying crushes a child’s self esteem and confidence. It can leave a child feeling alone, totally helpless, and with no one to turn to. In their childhood innocence and naivety some even blame themselves for their torment. Many schools now … Continue reading

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Public transport should be for all members of the public

TweetPublic transport – by definition involves “buses, trains, and other forms of transport that are available to the public, charge set fares, and run on fixed routes”. While the network is meant to be for the use of the general … Continue reading

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How I fell back in love with learning

TweetThe recent Mental Health Awareness Week made me reflect on my experience of mental health problems and how studying is helping me – hopefully – recover. Recovery from a mental health problem is rarely easy and, in my opinion, highly … Continue reading

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