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A nod to National Poetry Day

TweetReposting this, on National Poetry Day, from something I wrote a while back, just because I watched A World Without Down’s Syndrome last night and it got me thinking about, amongst many other things, what family and diversity mean (scroll … Continue reading

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European Diversity Awards

Tweet Really pleased to be on the shortlist for this year’s European Diversity Awards in the journalism category. Previous winners in the awards, which cover a range of areas and were launched in 2010, include TV presenter Ade Adepitan, trans-activist … Continue reading

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Street theatre focuses on social isolation

TweetAre you too busy with tech to talk? How well do you know your older neighbours? Do you think your local community involves everyone in it? A pop-up street theatre performance this week will focus on the epidemic of loneliness … Continue reading

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Designing for dementia

TweetThis year, 225,000 people will develop dementia – that’s one person every three minutes – and 70 per cent of people in care homes have dementia or severe memory problems. There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with … Continue reading

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The Social Issue is on a blogging break during August

TweetThe work of the very talented Laura Broughton features in what is the last post here until September. Thanks for dropping by the site, getting in touch with ideas of what to cover or commenting on posts via Twitter and … Continue reading

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In limbo: life for people with learning disabilities moving out of hospital units

TweetThe government promised four years ago to move people from treatment and assessment units following BBC Panorama’s exposure of abuse at the privately run Winterbourne View. The preventable death of 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk, who drowned in a Southern Health trust … Continue reading

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Campaign for the capital’s first sensory bus

TweetResponding to a lack of relaxing, interactive spaces for disabled people, Londoner Kay Alston has decided to launch her own campaign for the capital’s first ever sensory bus. The 32-year-old, who has moderate learning disabilities, is backed in her social … Continue reading

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Arts festival offers a focus on equal opportunities for disabled young musicians

TweetAcross the country, there are a dozen government-funded centres for advanced training, providing specialist education for young musicians. But there is no such equivalent for their young disabled counterparts. However, it is hoped that an arts festival, which opens next … Continue reading

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Mental health beds shouldn’t be so hard to find

TweetAbout 500 mentally ill people travel more than 30 miles for an inpatient bed every month, such is the scarcity of local provision. My piece in the Guardian today reflects longstanding concerns most recently outlined in a report from 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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