I haven't always found it easy to make friends. I used to be really aware of my learning disability and I used to worry about what other people thought of me. I was quiet and not myself. I found it hard to talk about having a learning disability because I didn't want people to think I was stupid.
Learning Disability - ten years ago I had no idea what this actually meant. I could have probably quoted some textbook, meaningless phrase but the reality of life for someone with a Learning Disability - that was foreign territory for me.
Today we saw no pledge from Government to address the gap in social care funding. We have long been calling on the Government to invest in the social care system as a whole in order to plug the £4.6billion black hole as identified by the LGA and ADASS. However, the issue seems to have disappeared off the political agenda, whilst the system moves closer to breaking point.
Channel 4 is a mainstream TV channel and I think overall it is good that they have a series that has helped to show positive stories of people with a disability. It is a shame if the BMA can not see this. However, it should not just be on dating shows, what we really need is to have more people with a learning disability in all types of shows.
As an actress with Down's syndrome and a learning disability you could say I'm fairly rare. I've always enjoyed acting and was told I had a strong talent for it at an early age. Some people underestimated me though.
Studying nursing is demanding. It can be stressful, tiring and yes, I sometimes wonder why I do it. But then something happens that rekindles the reasons why I nurse, why I love it and why it means so much to me.
The hottest day of the year so far was a fitting backdrop to a debate that had the potential to be one of the most heated of the election campaign...
The best time to read is late at night when you ought to be going to sleep. Don't let that stop you though, illicit reading when your parents have told you to turn your light out is the best kind of reading.
Like many disabled people, I just want access to the same places and products as everyone else, and I hope disabled people feel as encouraged as I do that this report may be the best way in which we can start to access them. So if you are reading this as a disabled person, the next time you feel discriminated against, my advice is to do a Julia Roberts...
What does sadden me is how many young disabled people still feel that a happy love life is out of reach. I started using my wheelchair at the age of fifteen and at the time I was sure I would never find love.
Politicians who want to protect and support that which is best about our country need to help people reconnect with our sense of fairness and our desire to live in a decent community that welcomes all human beings, in all their diversity.
Hear my voice is about making sure people with a learning disability's voices are being heard by politicians in the run up to the General Election on 7 May this year. We want to make sure people are not excluded and have the opportunity to have their say about the issues that impact them.
Often I hear "They're just words!" "I didn't mean anything by them!" "I wasn't talking about an actual person!", I understand that. The word has been absorbed into popular culture, but that doesn't make it acceptable.
It is a daily experience that anyone who is disabled will know all too well. I have been a wheelchair user for 35 years, and while there is now a law stating that businesses should make every "reasonable adjustment" to ensure that they are accessible the real experience is that many places are still closed to disabled people.
I don't want a fancy life, just enough of one so I do not go stark raving mad with boredom and loneliness... If more of the public were aware of what being on Job Seeker's is like long-term, they might be less negative towards us.
Not satisfied with canning the lowest rate of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) care, or reducing the distance one can walk from 50m to 20m in order to be able to qualify for its successor benefit Personal Independence Payment (PIP)...