Category Archives: Young people

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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The role of siblings in the care of disabled adults

TweetI’m so grateful to Anila Jolly (pictured above, with her brother Sunil) for speaking so frankly about her relationship with her sibling. As she says, siblings of disabled adults are “largely invisible” to care providers, but their “insight and perspective … Continue reading

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Exhibition reveals hidden history of learning disability

Tweet All images copyright Jürgen Schadeberg Powerful and rarely seen archive images of life in institutional care form part of a new exhibition that opens today. The history of long-stay hospitals in Wales is the focus of Mencap Cymru’s Hidden … Continue reading

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Tianze: dreaming of home

Tweet. The handwritten song above (typed transcript below) is by Tianze Ni, 17. For the last six months Tianze has lived in a hospital unit in Middlesborough, 200 miles away from his family in Fife, Scotland. Tianze is desperate to … Continue reading

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Exhibition: how young people with a learning disability picture themselves

TweetYoung photographer Kitty Day, whose sister has a learning disability, wanted to to offer an alternative way for her sibling to express herself – visually. The result is an exhibition of photographs, entitled This is me, my Voice, my Choice, … Continue reading

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Disability: trailblazing technology vs. the computer (store) says no

TweetRight now feels something like a pivotal moment in disability rights – and specifically for people with learning disabilities – I state this cautiously because we all know that grand plans and wise words still need to translate into deeds. … Continue reading

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My campaign to change attitudes, one event at a time

TweetWe have just ‘celebrated’ World Mental Health day (10 October). I, and many like me, hope that as each year passes so does the stigma and discrimination of mental health. Stigma impacts like a disease – if left untreated, the … Continue reading

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Tech two: UK charity recycles computers to Africa

TweetStories of public sector waste and inefficiency are commonplace, not least amid the current climate of cuts and the notion of “doing more with less”. Which is why I was interested to hear of a project in Gloucestershire that collects … Continue reading

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Immigration: what is it like for a child?

TweetHow does a young child cope when he is suddenly uprooted from the people and places he loves and confronted with a new home in a distant, completely alien land? What was it like for a child to be among … Continue reading

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