Category Archives: Social exclusion

Development and disability: new report urges action

TweetHazrat Bilal from Narshingdi, Bangladesh, has been blind since birth, but it was only in 2008 at the age of 33, with support from Bangladeshi charity Action for Blind Children, that he was officially registered as permanently disabled. That led … Continue reading

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In style and inclusive

TweetDisability and dress sense aren’t mutually exclusive. Take the first-ever New York fashion week model to work the runway in a wheelchair. It’s an obvious (and frequently made) point but, as wheelchair-using model Danielle Sheypuk said during her first New … 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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Seeing dementia through a different lens

TweetI was entranced by some of Cathy Greenblat’s photographs of people with Alzheimer’s, which I came across when researching a recent piece about dementia. Dementia is a major global challenge – health experts describe it as the next global pandemic. … Continue reading

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Christmas for care leavers

Tweet A groundbreaking support scheme run by care leavers for care leavers is hoping to help vulnerable young people for a second year Christmas running. Named in memory of a 23-year-old care-leaver, Topé, who took his life several years ago, … Continue reading

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We need to prepare for the next global pandemic

TweetIt is a disease one in three of us will develop – 135 million people will have it by 2050 and its worldwide health and social-care cost in 2010 was estimated at £400bn…yet no one is ready for the worldwide … Continue reading

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Home ownership for vulnerable people

TweetHow can someone with learning disabilities or mental health issues possibly own their own home? With a long-established but seldom-used form of housing called shared ownership. The power of the part-rent, part-buy scheme to transform lives is illustrated in a … Continue reading

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More autistic people should be able to volunteer

TweetMy experience proves the benefits of volunteering for people with autism. I was born in 1959 and diagnosed with autism in 1963, at age four. I was one of Sybil Elgar’s first pupils at her progressive school. She was a … Continue reading

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Groundbreaking gigs for artists with attitude

TweetShouty, sweary, noisy chaos, big stage personas, a self-proclaimed kick-ass attitude, loud drums, screeching guitars and songs about fighting and sex. That this is a description of two punk bands currently touring the UK will hardly come as a shock. … Continue reading

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Social networks and mental health: supportive environment or a stalking ground for cyber-bullies?

TweetBullying crushes a child’s self esteem and confidence. It can leave a child feeling alone, totally helpless, and with no one to turn to. In their childhood innocence and naivety some even blame themselves for their torment. Many schools now … Continue reading

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