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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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Art show celebrates diversity

TweetThe graceful depiction of birds, above, is among the art works on display in a new exhibition celebrating diversity. I’m sharing some of the pieces here because I was taken by the broad range of subjects and contrasting styles of … Continue reading

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Innovative project redistributes surplus food to needy

TweetChristmas – for some a time of year to overindulge, for others a desperate effort to feed the family. With a huge rise in the number of people in the UK relying on food banks, a new London project that … 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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