Category Archives: Education

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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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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How English councils are supporting unaccompanied child asylum seekers

TweetPorts of entry like Kent and Croydon look after a disproportionate number of child asylum seekers, and government funding doesn’t cover all the costs, as I explain in a piece on the Guardian’s social care pages. Many concerns were raised … Continue reading

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Play is a post code lottery for deafblind children like Ruby

TweetGuest blogger Lesley Rogers is chairing the charity Sense’s inquiry, The Case for Play into the lack of access to play opportunities for under-fives with multiple needs. Lesley is involved alongside co chair David Blunkett, the former education secretary, and … 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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Disability: trailblazing technology vs. the computer (store) says no

TweetRight now feels something like a pivotal moment in disability rights – and specifically for people with learning disabilities – I state this cautiously because we all know that grand plans and wise words still need to translate into deeds. … Continue reading

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Tech two: UK charity recycles computers to Africa

TweetStories of public sector waste and inefficiency are commonplace, not least amid the current climate of cuts and the notion of “doing more with less”. Which is why I was interested to hear of a project in Gloucestershire that collects … Continue reading

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Telling the untold stories of austerity

Tweet Women in Croxteth, Liverpool, discuss the impact of cuts on communities, part of the research for the new book, Austerity Bites Do you know what austerity really means? Here’s a definition from the Collins Dictionary, as quoted in Mary … 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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