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Enlightenment at the end of the tunnel of love

Tweet“Flirty, playful love” is not, so the general perception goes, the realm of people who happen to have a learning disability. But that concept is being turned joyfully on its head via a heart-shaped door, a “tunnel of love”, mirrors, … Continue reading

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No-one should ever have to feel like they are not worth helping

Tweet“No-one should ever have to feel like they are not worth helping…” I saw these striking words on a postcard displayed at a recent event to celebrate volunteering. With the massive cuts in public spending and the unprecedented reform of … Continue reading

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Storytelling for people with learning disabilities: ‘We just natter away’

Tweet. Lisa Johnson is a writer. The 30-year-old from Sheffield recently had a book published, a collection of poems, songs and stories put together with fellow authors from her writing collective. Today she will take part in a workshop in … Continue reading

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Why is it OK for politicians to ignore people with learning disabilities?

TweetMore than one million people with learning disabilities are eligible to vote – so why are they ignored by politicians? My interview with Gary Bourlet in today’s Guardian explains how the veteran disability campaigner wants to give people like himself, … Continue reading

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Raana, a real bread maker

Tweet Today is the last day of Real Bread Maker Week, not too high profile as far as awareness weeks go, but it seemed an opportune moment to share a one minute video of the best real bread maker I … Continue reading

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Development and disability: new report urges action

TweetHazrat Bilal from Narshingdi, Bangladesh, has been blind since birth, but it was only in 2008 at the age of 33, with support from Bangladeshi charity Action for Blind Children, that he was officially registered as permanently disabled. That led … Continue reading

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Creative minds drive debate about learning disability art

Tweet“People say to me how great it is that I ‘help’ people with learning disabilities to make their own films but I don’t do this out of charity. Far from it. I do what I do because I am excited … Continue reading

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Images of caring captured on camera

Tweet These candid images of caring are among the photographs in a new exhibition that focuses on the role of carers and disability. Capturing the bond between disabled children and young adults and their parents, professionals, siblings and friends, tonight’s … Continue reading

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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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Hope, health and happiness: new show at arts charity

TweetHope is the focus of a new exhibition by artists from the CoolTan arts and mental health charity. Stayin’ Alive, which opens today, includes works in different media including oil on canvas, acrylic, printmaking and sculpture. The stigma-breaking south London-based … Continue reading

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