Category Archives: media & communication

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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Crowdsourced art project maps our democratic history

TweetWith the election a few weeks away, democracy is the timely subject of a new digital art project designed to shed light on Britain’s parliamentary history. Democracy Street is curated by artist Jon Adams who has Asperger’s syndrome – a … Continue reading

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Mental health on TV: entertainment vs realism and sensitivity

TweetIf someone’s arm was broken on TV we would see it bandaged up. If someone had diabetes we would see them receiving insulin. If we see someone had a heart condition we would see them wired up to an ECG … Continue reading

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Eyesore to eyecatching: art transforms boarded up London shops

TweetI usually run a mile from any sniff of a town or city rebranding (anyone remember “Staines-upon-Thames” or indeed “Proud to be Slough“?). But I’m interested in the bold focus on street art and local artists in the drive to … Continue reading

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Exhibition: how young people with a learning disability picture themselves

TweetYoung photographer Kitty Day, whose sister has a learning disability, wanted to to offer an alternative way for her sibling to express herself – visually. The result is an exhibition of photographs, entitled This is me, my Voice, my Choice, … 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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My campaign to change attitudes, one event at a time

TweetWe have just ‘celebrated’ World Mental Health day (10 October). I, and many like me, hope that as each year passes so does the stigma and discrimination of mental health. Stigma impacts like a disease – if left untreated, the … Continue reading

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