Tag Archives: service users

A different perspective on learning disability

Tweet A stereotype-shattering art project, which uses photography to counter negative mainstream attitudes towards people with Down’s syndrome, is showcasing the last eight years of its work. Shifting Perspectives Photographic Exhibition 2005 – 2013 is at the South Bank in … 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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The season to be jolly?

TweetHooray, it’s Christmas! Yes, the season to be jolly is upon us once again. But that’s OK because everyone loves Christmas, right? Well, I’m not a fan and I know I won’t be the only one shunning the Christmas cheer, … Continue reading

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Disability history: “I quite clearly remember being tied to the cot sides”

Tweet“I quite clearly remember being tied to the cot sides,” recalls Florence, now in her 70s, of the childhood she spent in hospital. “Literally, two wrists tied to the cot sides with cotton tape so as I couldn’t get up … Continue reading

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The power of a poem: how reading broke David’s isolation

TweetGuest post by Eleanor McCann, The Reader project Whenever I arrived to read with patients at the psychiatric hospital, David was always alone. I approached him a few times but the weeks went by and he seemed unreachable, saying nothing … Continue reading

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“Information about autism is better coming from someone who is autistic”

TweetBy Simon Smith My mum and dad realised something was different about me when I was about two to three-years-old, because I played differently to other children. I didn’t engage and interact with others. I didn’t cuddle or give eye … Continue reading

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12 days of Christmas, Social Issue-style

TweetSeason’s greetings from The Social Issue – to mark the jollities, here’s a snapshot of some of the upbeat posts and pictures about people, projects and places featured over the last 12 months. This festive pick is by no means … Continue reading

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More recognition for the role of carers

TweetJanet Down only realised she was a full-time carer for her disabled husband when she fell ill a few years ago and could not look after him. Suffering back pain from lifting and depression from coping unsupported, her inability to … Continue reading

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We should be kind, while there is still time

TweetOver 30 years ago as a young man I first set foot in a psychiatric hospital. It was an old Victorian “asylum” in the rolling countryside of Bedfordshire. I had travelled to the south of England from my native north … Continue reading

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