Category Archives: Learning disability

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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London artist Laura beats thousands vying for Royal Academy spot

TweetThis beautiful pencil drawing by artist Laura Broughton is among those chosen for the highly competitive Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Laura’s piece, Post Party, is one of 1,240 chosen from 12,000 submissions and the original was snapped up by a … Continue reading

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In limbo: life for people with learning disabilities moving out of hospital units

TweetThe government promised four years ago to move people from treatment and assessment units following BBC Panorama’s exposure of abuse at the privately run Winterbourne View. The preventable death of 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk, who drowned in a Southern Health trust … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Potential, not prejudice: photo project challenges disability stereotypes

TweetWhen newlywed Tessa got back to the hotel with husband Mark after their wedding, she found he’d arranged a surprise – he had scattered flowers and balloons around the room. As Tessa recalls in a new project and book, Great … Continue reading

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