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How English councils are supporting unaccompanied child asylum seekers

TweetPorts of entry like Kent and Croydon look after a disproportionate number of child asylum seekers, and government funding doesn’t cover all the costs, as I explain in a piece on the Guardian’s social care pages. Many concerns were raised … 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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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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Employers’ public health role

TweetWorking-age ill-health costs the UK economy an annual £100bn, and in a piece for the Guardian online, I give a snapshot of what some employers are doing to improve the health of their staff. It might be easy to dismiss … Continue reading

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Why are stroke survivors being written off?

TweetPaul Luscombe rises confidently from his wheelchair, sets one foot in front of the other and walks steadily between the parallel bars in the rehabilitation gym of his care home. The simple task is, as Luscombe says, amazing, given that … Continue reading

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Poor care for people with learning disabilities

TweetBy the time Robin Kitt Callender died, she had endured eight weeks of intermittent vomiting and diarrhoea, and her weight had fallen to five stone. In the four months before she collapsed at her Essex care home, the 53-year-old had … Continue reading

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