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How cuts affect disabled people: “We’re going backwards – and fast”

TweetCoverage of the budget has been dominated by a focus on George Osborne’s headline-grabbing sugar tax, although it’s not quite enough to detract from the unfair deal for the embattled social care sector (check Twitter for #carecrisis to get a … Continue reading

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Play puts life with a learning disability centre stage

Tweet“I always wanted it to be about dance, drama, feelings”, said actor Nathan Bessell recently of the new play he has inspired and collaborated on. The 31-year-old stars in Up Down Man, at the Salisbury Playhouse until March 12. The … Continue reading

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Potential, not prejudice: photo project challenges disability stereotypes

TweetWhen newlywed Tessa got back to the hotel with husband Mark after their wedding, she found he’d arranged a surprise – he had scattered flowers and balloons around the room. As Tessa recalls in a new project and book, Great … Continue reading

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How ballet can break down barriers

TweetA Bristol-based dance project is spreading its inclusive arts campaign, training teachers to run ballet sessions for disabled children and their non-disabled counterparts. My piece on the Flamingo Chicks dance school, which launched two years ago as a community interest … Continue reading

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Homes, hospitals, ambition and actuality

TweetFour years after the abuse of people with learning disabilities at Winterbourne View (and 30 years after the start of care in the community and 20 years after the influential Mansell Report), NHS England recently unveiled a £45m plan to … Continue reading

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Equal rights at the end of life for people with autism

TweetMichael Baron, a National Autistic Society founder parent, whose son Timothy is 60, says of the concept of “a good death”: “At the age of 86, I want that for myself, but just as much I want that end of … Continue reading

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How arts therapy can support people with dementia

TweetBy 2025 there will be one million people with dementia in the UK, according to the Alzheimer’s Society; a project I reported on today for the Guardian online is proving the impact of arts-based therapy on people with the condition. … Continue reading

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Shattering stigma with the power of poetry

TweetA poetry exhibition opening today aims to challenge attitudes about learning disability and mental ill-health. The learning disability poems are partly a tribute to the late Kim Wolf, who had Down’s syndrome; the collection includes writing inspired by her and … Continue reading

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Bittersweet birthday for landmark disability law

Tweet“Laws are all very well, but it’s people’s attitudes that need to change.” This comment from actor and Mencap ambassador Sarah Gordy pretty well sums up opinions about the impact of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995. The act, 20 … Continue reading

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Tailor made theatre for an overlooked audience

Tweet“Today is different” is a recurrent phrase in the latest show from theatre group Frozen Light. But the refrain is more than just part of the script; the words also reflect the innovative company’s hope for young people with profound … Continue reading

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