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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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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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Video: we need to change how we support and see people with learning disabilities

Tweet After writing about the avoidable death of Connor Sparrowhawk for the Guardian and posting on this blog, I wanted to share this short video from Gary Bourlet from self advocacy group People First England. As Gary says: “A young … Continue reading

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Papers, policies, progress and people

TweetWhile researching a recent piece about the preventable death of teenager Connor Sparrowhawk in a specialist NHS unit, I re-read a lot of old – very good and still very relevant – policy and reports. As the piece yesterday stated, … Continue reading

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Why did Connor Sparrowhawk die in a specialist NHS unit?

TweetThe death of 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk at Slade House assessment and treatment unit was avoidable, according to a recently published report. What happened to Connor, who was admitted to the specialist care in Oxfordshire a year ago today, has reignited … Continue reading

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Which way now for public services in Scotland?

TweetIn September, Scottish residents will vote in an independence referendum. I asked experts working in housing, local authorities, social work, charities and public health what impact a yes vote might have on social policy – for the full piece, head … 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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He should never have died

Tweet I launched this blog as a platform for some of the excellent, uplifting, often unsung, good practice in social and public policy. In contrast, this week I’ve been finding out about some of the worst care possible. The opposite … Continue reading

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Creative minds drive debate about learning disability art

Tweet“People say to me how great it is that I ‘help’ people with learning disabilities to make their own films but I don’t do this out of charity. Far from it. I do what I do because I am excited … Continue reading

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