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Disability, demonstration and debate: Jane Campbell

Tweet“The cabbage has a brain,” is, it’s safe to say, not the response that Jane Campbell’s prospective employers expected when they commented on her encyclopedic knowledge of social care during an interview for a new job. That job, as founding … Continue reading

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Arts festival uses digital tech for social inclusion

TweetA few images here from an innovative digital arts festival due to take place this weekend (10-12 July). The interactive event, which I wrote about today for the Guardian’s online social care pages, will feature giant portraits of learning disabled … Continue reading

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Rocket science and reality: The Tale of Laughing Boy

Tweet The Tale of Laughing Boy from My Life My Choice on Vimeo. This weekend, I watched a film that should never have had to be made, about a young man who should never have died, featuring people who should … 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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Social inclusion, sewing patterns and silver linings

Tweet“More busy”. This quote from Kelvin Burke of Rocket Artists reflects what people with learning disabilities need in order to be more included in society; people want to be busier with opportunities to do, make and see more things, to … Continue reading

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Photographs offer fresh perspective on disability

TweetDepictions of friendship, cityscapes and natural images are among the powerful photographs in an international arts competition reflecting the world from a disabled person’s perspective. Photographers with Down’s syndrome from the UK, Greece, Japan, New Zealand and America have entered … Continue reading

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Cutting employment support for learning disabled people is a false economy

TweetRichard Ward has barely taken a day off sick since he started working 15 years ago. His friendly nature and keen eye for detail suit his role at a Boots store in Coventry, date-checking food, stacking shelves and helping customers … Continue reading

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Crowdsourced art project maps our democratic history

TweetWith the election a few weeks away, democracy is the timely subject of a new digital art project designed to shed light on Britain’s parliamentary history. Democracy Street is curated by artist Jon Adams who has Asperger’s syndrome – a … Continue reading

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Mental health: using song to break stigma

TweetYanamah was “drowning in the depths of despair…yearning for a glimpse of kindness and a friendly gesture”. Before her mental health deteriorated, as she wrote in a recent poem, she was “a woman of distinction” but now she is “forgotten … Continue reading

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Art show celebrates diversity

TweetThe graceful depiction of birds, above, is among the art works on display in a new exhibition celebrating diversity. I’m sharing some of the pieces here because I was taken by the broad range of subjects and contrasting styles of … Continue reading

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