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Campaigner Jonathan Andrews on the talents and skills of autistic people

Tweet Jonathan Andrews was once advised to hide his autism from prospective employers. Instead, he is making his name by doing just the opposite. The 22-year-old recently won campaigner of the year at the European Diversity Awards 2016 and talked … Continue reading

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In limbo: life for people with learning disabilities moving out of hospital units

TweetThe government promised four years ago to move people from treatment and assessment units following BBC Panorama’s exposure of abuse at the privately run Winterbourne View. The preventable death of 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk, who drowned in a Southern Health trust … Continue reading

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Mental health beds shouldn’t be so hard to find

TweetAbout 500 mentally ill people travel more than 30 miles for an inpatient bed every month, such is the scarcity of local provision. My piece in the Guardian today reflects longstanding concerns most recently outlined in a report from the … Continue reading

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What an ex-gangster taught me about standing up to stigma

TweetWhat do a mental health nurse and an ex-gangster have in common? That was the question I was asking myself as I visited the Ley Community, a residential drug and alcohol rehab centre, with Chris Lambrianou, former henchman to the … 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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Arts festival uses digital tech for social inclusion

TweetA few images here from an innovative digital arts festival due to take place this weekend (10-12 July). The interactive event, which I wrote about today for the Guardian’s online social care pages, will feature giant portraits of learning disabled … Continue reading

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Mental health on TV: entertainment vs realism and sensitivity

TweetIf someone’s arm was broken on TV we would see it bandaged up. If someone had diabetes we would see them receiving insulin. If we see someone had a heart condition we would see them wired up to an ECG … 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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Why did the Salvation Army fail to act on my claims of sexual abuse?

TweetA woman who complained 16 years ago of being abused by charity personnel in the 1970s now wants an inquiry: The Salvation Army failed to investigate allegations of historical child abuse, according to a woman who told the charity 16 … Continue reading

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