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More autistic people should be able to volunteer

TweetMy experience proves the benefits of volunteering for people with autism. I was born in 1959 and diagnosed with autism in 1963, at age four. I was one of Sybil Elgar’s first pupils at her progressive school. She was a … Continue reading

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‘They made me feel worthwhile’: community-based alternatives to care

TweetThe fate of children in care in Scotland has recently his the headlines; care leavers need more support, say experts, if their life chances are to improve. And today Michael Gove has criticised the care home system in England. But … Continue reading

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Fetes, fundraising and firsts

TweetI’ve never thought of my sister, above, as a saleswoman – she can be engaging, encouraging, persuasive and talkative, but she’s never actually sold me anything other than an idea (usually about what film to watch; invariably a Bond movie). … Continue reading

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A huge percentage of the population without redress – that is dangerous

TweetThe government’s plan to slash £220m from the UK’s legal aid budget has rightly been condemned for its sweeping scale but, in this series of interviews I’ve done for the Guardian, the very human impact – the effect on the … Continue reading

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“Ah the whiff of that bread!”: my sister the baker

TweetMy talented sister and her colleagues allowed us to document a day in their working lives at the Lantern Bakery based at the Camphill community where she lives. The bakery offers work and training to people with learning disabilities. You … Continue reading

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Jenny’s job, and why we need more like it

TweetJenny Dimmock works in a pathology lab. She and her scientist colleagues handle between 3,000-4,000 blood samples a day. The 21-year-old is also an ambassador for younger students, speaking about her experiences at conferences, like how part of her job … Continue reading

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Young, free and single-minded

TweetYoung people who have helped transform their neighbourhoods despite are among those being celebrated in today’s Prince’s Trust annual awards. Amid recent figures showing youth unemployment has nearly hit 1m, it is inspiring to hear how teenagers and young adults … Continue reading

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“People who have a learning disability have the right to good services, choices and a good life”

TweetIf only more people had the chance to develop in confidence like Laura Minett. Laura, who I interviewed for a Guardian social care piece today, works as an expert by experience. Her part-time role through the charity which supports her, … Continue reading

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The project that helps you “be” something

TweetWhen I first met Linda, she told me: “When I was growing up I couldn’t imagine being anything”. I met Linda when I was delivering a training course aimed at former substance misusers who wanted to become “recovery champions” and … Continue reading

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Bricks and mobility: buildings and disability history

TweetA gap in a church wall speaks volumes about the history of disability in England; lepers’ squints allowed people with leprosy to see the pulpit and hear the service through a small chink in the stonework, without coming into contact … Continue reading

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