Category Archives: Third sector

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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What an ex-gangster taught me about standing up to stigma

TweetWhat do a mental health nurse and an ex-gangster have in common? That was the question I was asking myself as I visited the Ley Community, a residential drug and alcohol rehab centre, with Chris Lambrianou, former henchman to the … Continue reading

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The disability activist fighting injustice

TweetSocial policy professor Peter Beresford once described Doug Paulley, who I interviewed for today’s Guardian, as as a “caped care home crusader”. Paulley is known for his wheelchair priority case against transport company FirstGroup, hinging on whether bus firms are … 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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Why the NHS needs more district nurses

TweetThe ageing population combined with the ongoing drive to keep people at home, not in hospital, reinforces the vital role of community nursing. Yet as figures from the Royal College of Nursing show, the number of community nurses working in … Continue reading

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Equal rights at the end of life for people with autism

TweetMichael Baron, a National Autistic Society founder parent, whose son Timothy is 60, says of the concept of “a good death”: “At the age of 86, I want that for myself, but just as much I want that end of … Continue reading

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Play is a post code lottery for deafblind children like Ruby

TweetGuest blogger Lesley Rogers is chairing the charity Sense’s inquiry, The Case for Play into the lack of access to play opportunities for under-fives with multiple needs. Lesley is involved alongside co chair David Blunkett, the former education secretary, and … Continue reading

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How arts therapy can support people with dementia

TweetBy 2025 there will be one million people with dementia in the UK, according to the Alzheimer’s Society; a project I reported on today for the Guardian online is proving the impact of arts-based therapy on people with the condition. … Continue reading

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People with learning disabilities are not scroungers or superheroes

TweetThe MBE recently won by Shaun Webster is, he says “two fingers” to the bullying colleagues who tormented him when he worked in a warehouse some years ago. You can’t disagree with the 43-year-old’s use of frank language – his … Continue reading

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