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Unique art from survivors of brain injury

TweetA unique art collective in London consisting of brain injury survivors is exhibiting its “unguarded, emotive” work for the first time. The Submit to Love Studios, supported by brain injury charity Headway East London, is a creative space in Hackney … 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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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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Enlightenment at the end of the tunnel of love

Tweet“Flirty, playful love” is not, so the general perception goes, the realm of people who happen to have a learning disability. But that concept is being turned joyfully on its head via a heart-shaped door, a “tunnel of love”, mirrors, … Continue reading

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Storytelling for people with learning disabilities: ‘We just natter away’

Tweet. Lisa Johnson is a writer. The 30-year-old from Sheffield recently had a book published, a collection of poems, songs and stories put together with fellow authors from her writing collective. Today she will take part in a workshop in … Continue reading

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Social networks and mental health: supportive environment or a stalking ground for cyber-bullies?

TweetBullying crushes a child’s self esteem and confidence. It can leave a child feeling alone, totally helpless, and with no one to turn to. In their childhood innocence and naivety some even blame themselves for their torment. Many schools now … Continue reading

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Teens teach peers about respect and relationships

TweetLate night on the estate, London. Two hooded and capped teen boys hang out, waiting for a couple of teen girls. Nervously the girls approach. Tiana used to go out with Stigz, but she’s not sure about this new guy … Continue reading

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A perspective on the Paralympics

TweetThere’s no shortage of media coverage of the Olympics and Paralympics, but one new online platform offers a unique and important perspective on the games. Games Through Our Eyes is an accessible website for the 2012 Paralympic Games created by … Continue reading

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Face the facts, not the film fiction

TweetIt’s an uphill struggle for those with so-called invisible difficulties (people with conditions on the autistic spectrum, for example,) to achieve mainstream representation or indeed capture the attention of broadcasters, newspaper editors, politicians and the public. So imagine the challenge … Continue reading

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Writing about wrongs: can social affairs journalism make a difference?

TweetAs a journalist writing on social affairs I often wonder if my articles make any difference or whether this kind of journalism is essentially exploitative. The dilemma isn’t original. Journalists and photographers struggle with it all the time. Mostly I … Continue reading

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