Learning Disabilities

Why the Voting System Needs to Change for People With a Learning Disability

Ismail Kaji | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Politics
Ismail Kaji

Voting is an important part of life and it is important to me. This is the same for lots of people with a learning disability too. A new Mencap survey of people with a learning disability shows that 7 in 10 people think politics is important and want to vote in the general election in May 2015.

Learning Disability Week - Why Politicians and Businesses Need to Take Note of the Learning Disability Community

Jan Tregelles | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jan Tregelles

A change in our society's attitude towards people with a learning disability would be a positive change for society in general. However, we all have to work together to achieve this. It's for this reason, that during this Learning Disability Week, we want to show that a person with a learning disability can have the same firsts as anybody else. All we need now is for everyone to listen.

Councillor 'Told Voter With Learning Difficulties 'You Shouldn't Be Voting''

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK

An investigation has been launched after a councillor allegedly complained that a voter with learning difficulties "shouldn't be voting". Officials...

Is the PC Culture Alienating People With Disabilities and Those From Other Minorities

Dr Nicholas M. Almond | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nicholas M. Almond

People with cerebral palsy can remember when SCOPE was called The Spastic Society. Now we have a culture where political correctness has overtaken and one cannot use the term 'disabled' or 'mentally handicapped' or even 'handicapped'; instead we have to use the terms 'less-abled' or 'learning difficulties'. Is this really required

Don't Say Sorry, Charlotte: Why Parliament Is a Textbook Neuropsychological Nightmare for any MP

Martina Keens-Betts | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics
Martina Keens-Betts

As Charlotte says herself, there's a very good reason for the delay and that's because she suffers from dyslexia, which makes reading paperwork difficult. But as a qualified coach, I believe the fact that Charlotte was prepared to put off the paperwork is a sign of her EXCELLENT sense of priority, NOT a sign of poor personal performance.

Imprisonment for Public Protection Is a Stain on Our Justice System

Juliet Lyon | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Politics
Juliet Lyon

It is shaming to have so many people locked up in our prisons, not for what they have done but for what they might do in the future. This is not to mention the costs to the public purse of holding thousands of people in prison beyond their tariff expiry date.

Funding a Future Generation: Where No Child Is Left Behind

Kat Pugh | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK
Kat Pugh

This week I attended the Commonwealth Observance Day service, where I was privileged to hear from Lord Coe, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Malala Yousafzai. The theme of the event centred around team as the Commonwealth builds up to the 2014 games.

The Dyslexia Challenge: My Experience

Anthony Byrne | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Anthony Byrne

The truth is that I spent the early portion of my life wishing I wasn't Dyslexic. I was born in Dublin in the 70's, went to school in the 80's. Back then any difficulty with reading and writing, was viewed as a sign of low intelligence.

Let's Make Britain Better For All People With a Disability

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Politics
Lord Victor Adebowale

A year has passed since the Paralympic Games, and the good news is they've had a lasting positive impact on people's attitudes. Not only have they provided role models for disabled young people, Paralympic GB athletes have also helped break down stigma.

The Low Profile of the Special Olympics Reminds Us That Most People Still Don't Understand Leaning Disability

Su Sayer | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Sport
Su Sayer

Did you know that the Special Olympics, the UK's biggest sporting event dedicated to the athletic achievements of people with learning disabilities, are taking place right now in Bath? If you didn't, nobody could blame you...

Why Is Michael Gove Persecuting Pupils With Learning Disabilities?

Josh White | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Politics
Josh White

One in ten UK children has dyslexia, a disability which affects how one reads, counts, spells and organises thoughts. In an exam, this can play havoc with how one structures written answers, processes information, recalls from memory or, say, weighs up contributing or overlapping factors.

WATCH: Mencap Does The Harlem Shake

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Comedy

God bless you, people of Mencap. Both for the sterling work you do for those with learning disabilities, and for being the first set of British office...

Which Characteristics Do YOU Share With Entrepreneurs?

Posted 24.09.2012 | UK

Have you ever wondered if you've got what it takes to be a world-class entrepreneur? Well wonder no more - research from several quarters suggests...

Cuts Could Cause 'Crisis' In Care For Elderly

PA | Posted 17.06.2012 | UK

The Government was warned of a "crisis" in care for the elderly on Sunday, because of widespread closures and cuts hitting day centres. Unison said...

We Need to Talk About Derek

Andrea Mann | Posted 13.06.2012 | UK Entertainment
Andrea Mann

As both a comedy writer and the sister of someone with learning disabilities, to say that I was interested in watching Ricky Gervais's Derek is something of an understatement. That's right: I was mildly intrigued.

Bon Accord?

Paul Cockburn | Posted 04.10.2011 | UK Politics
Paul Cockburn

For more than 20 years, Dalmarnock's Accord Centre has provided much needed support to disabled adults -- including those with learning difficulties and complex, multiple needs -- and their families and carers, but is set to be demolished to make way for a coach park serving the Commonwealth Games.