Category Archives: media & communication

Election: voting support for people with learning disabilities

TweetThe Conservatives’ manifesto pledges on social care have been both controversial and muddled, but at least the issue of support (and how we pay for it) is finally a subject for mainstream national debate. Campaigners have long argued that plans … Continue reading

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Art for all: the Surrey gallery that targets a hidden need

TweetLeafy and affluent are default shorthands when describing the English county of Surrey, but the council ward of Westborough, Guildford, has the highest number of young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) in the county. Child … Continue reading

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Unique art from survivors of brain injury

TweetA unique art collective in London consisting of brain injury survivors is exhibiting its “unguarded, emotive” work for the first time. The Submit to Love Studios, supported by brain injury charity Headway East London, is a creative space in Hackney … Continue reading

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Using tech to transform philanthropy

TweetTech entrepreneur Alexandre Mars is known in his native France as the French Bill Gates. Having made his fortune creating and selling tech startups, Mars, 41, founded Epic Foundation two years ago. In an interview for The Guardian, Mars explains … 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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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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Shattering stigma with the power of poetry

TweetA poetry exhibition opening today aims to challenge attitudes about learning disability and mental ill-health. The learning disability poems are partly a tribute to the late Kim Wolf, who had Down’s syndrome; the collection includes writing inspired by her and … Continue reading

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Arts festival uses digital tech for social inclusion

TweetA few images here from an innovative digital arts festival due to take place this weekend (10-12 July). The interactive event, which I wrote about today for the Guardian’s online social care pages, will feature giant portraits of learning disabled … Continue reading

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Social inclusion, sewing patterns and silver linings

Tweet“More busy”. This quote from Kelvin Burke of Rocket Artists reflects what people with learning disabilities need in order to be more included in society; people want to be busier with opportunities to do, make and see more things, to … Continue reading

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Photographs offer fresh perspective on disability

TweetDepictions of friendship, cityscapes and natural images are among the powerful photographs in an international arts competition reflecting the world from a disabled person’s perspective. Photographers with Down’s syndrome from the UK, Greece, Japan, New Zealand and America have entered … Continue reading

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