Category Archives: Music & arts

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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‘I am different, that is good’: how an actor with Down’s syndrome is changing perceptions

TweetReally enjoyed talking to the brilliant actor Sarah Gordy for today’s interview in The Guardian. As I explain in the piece, the established theatre and television professional, who has Down’s syndrome, is breaking new ground by playing a character without … Continue reading

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Festival season: access a few more areas

TweetSummer festival season is underway and in just over a week, a new event in the North East will help grow the burgeoning accessible live music scene. Inclusivity and access are not (yet) par for the course at live arts … Continue reading

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Enlightenment at the end of the tunnel of love

Tweet“Flirty, playful love” is not, so the general perception goes, the realm of people who happen to have a learning disability. But that concept is being turned joyfully on its head via a heart-shaped door, a “tunnel of love”, mirrors, … Continue reading

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Storytelling for people with learning disabilities: ‘We just natter away’

Tweet. Lisa Johnson is a writer. The 30-year-old from Sheffield recently had a book published, a collection of poems, songs and stories put together with fellow authors from her writing collective. Today she will take part in a workshop in … Continue reading

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We need to listen to the quieter voices

TweetToday is the start of Learning Disability Week 2014, the annual campaigning and awareness drive run by Mencap. This year’s campaign week celebrates people overcoming adversity, prejudice and ignorance and it’s a welcome moment to focus on the positive amid … Continue reading

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A real public art project

TweetMaking art as well as historic buildings more accessible is something I’ve blogged about before, so I wanted to share these images (all by photographer Martin Brown) from a collaborative event which encouraged people to get creative in a London … Continue reading

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Ageing and art: tackling isolation among older people

TweetOne in six of us – that’s 10 million people in the UK – are over 65 years old. By 2050, this number will have nearly doubled to around 19 million, or one in four, according to government figures. In … Continue reading

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British-Brazilian music project tackles social inclusion

TweetResearch from Goldsmiths University recently suggested that wealthier people are more musical. While it’s obvious that higher income families find it easier to stump for private piano lessons and expensive instruments, music has a place in boosting inclusion and there … Continue reading

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