Learning Disabilities

Government Needs To Wake Up And Take Responsibility - Or the Care Sector Could Crumble

Tim Cooper | Posted 10.10.2017 | UK Politics
Tim Cooper

Whenever we make mistakes, it is important that we take responsibility and set them right. When Government makes mistakes, it is essential that they do the same. This is particularly the case when the mistakes made by Government impact on vulnerable people or on an essential but fragile sector. I doubt anyone finds that a contentious thing to say - it's not hyper partisan or particularly controversial. And yet Government doesn't seem to agree.

Why We Need Social Care To Be Strong And Sustainable

Rhidian Hughes | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK
Rhidian Hughes

Until such a robust strategy is in place - and VODG is committed to co-operating with any actions along these lines - the future is uncertain for a sector that millions of people rely on for essential support.

Universities Must Prioritise Disability Support

Aldwyn Cooper | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Aldwyn Cooper

everybody banner Lecturers don't always have experience of disabilities and special needs, so it is up to universities and students themselves to help form a connection and find solutions that genuinely work in learning environments. Sharing individual experiences and continuous communication is vital.

Sleep-In Care Is As Important As Any Care - The Government Needs To Allocate Funding Accordingly

Wyn Williams | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK
Wyn Williams

As her father, not only does sleep-in care provide me with peace of mind both now and in the future, but knowing that she is safe and secure at all times gives that critical reassurance that any parent with a disabled child needs. Having someone there, on hand, should Non need care, provides a safety net for her and our family to know that she is protected and secure.

Our Journey With Dyslexia

Rebecca Bainbridge | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK Parents
Rebecca Bainbridge

Author's own image My seven year old boy is dyslexic. It doesn't say so explicitly in his assessment report, though you really need a physiology degr...

Complicity With The Social Care Crisis

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

ven more recently some of us have gathered forces internationally to form Citizen Network, a cooperative movement to act and advocate for citizenship for everyone. It is only when we realise that every single one us matters, in all our diversity and frailty, that we can create a world which is safe and secure for all of us.

This Learning Disability Week We Must Shine A Spotlight On UK Employment Inequality

Christine-Koulla Burke | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Christine-Koulla Burke

We all have a duty to push for change in our workplaces to redress this inequality. When we ask the children that we work with about their biggest personal goals, finding employment is their most common aspiration they tell us about.

7 Things Parents Of Children With Learning Disabilities Wish You Knew

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Parents

Shockingly, 70% of parents whose children have a learning disability have felt unwelcome in public when out with their child, almost two-thirds have m...

A Forgotten Constituency - Engaging People With Learning Disabilities In The Democratic Process

Jeff Parry | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK
Jeff Parry

There are a number of barriers to overcome first - when you have a learning disability, society makes everything - including exercising your democratic rights - much harder. There are no figures available on how many of the UK's 1.5 million people with learning disabilities voted in 2015, but if our experience is typical, the answer is not many.

Autism Is A Feminist Issue

Laura James | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Laura James

Like me, many will have been bounced from doctor to doctor and many may have been written off as neurotic or attention-seeking. Or, perhaps worse, misdiagnosed and treated for a condition they do not have. Often autism in women is mistaken for a mental health issue, such as Borderline Personality Disorder or Bipolar Disorder.

The Government Is Consulting On The Disability And Employment Gap - But We Need Action Now

Rhidian Hughes | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK
Rhidian Hughes

One public policy strand which has remained consistent over the years, irrespective of which party is in government, is the focus on employment as a w...

The Guessing Game When Your Child Is Non-Verbal

Laura Rutherford | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

But it's also oh so bittersweet, like so many things, because I think of how easy she has it compared to our five year old son, Brody, who struggles to tell us what he wants constantly because of a learning disability and autism.

Giving People With Learning Disabilities Access To Work

Judith Elizabeth Davey | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK
Judith Elizabeth Davey

From employers' negative attitudes and views, to limited support in finding jobs, there are many reasons why people with learning disabilities struggl...

Why Parents Of Children With Learning Disabilities Need Support Right Now

Suzanne Askham | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Parents
Suzanne Askham

The first was a pre-natal group. I quickly bonded with Louise, Caroline, Emma, Jackie and Julie and we started meeting in each others' houses. When our babies arrived, it was clear that mine had health issues and developmental delays, while theirs were all within the 'normal range' (whatever that may be).

Raising Awareness Of Changing Places Toilets This Disabled Access Day

Laura Rutherford | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

I won't give up campaigning for my child to have the basic human right of access to a toilet when we're out and about. Why should he be excluded? Why shouldn't our family be welcomed everywhere like all other families?

The Right Care - Instead Of "Chemical Restraint"

Rhidian Hughes | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK
Rhidian Hughes

Mike*, who has a complex learning disability, had been on high doses of anti-psychotic medication for so long, that no one can remember when the drugs...

People With A Learning Disability Like My Niece Should Never Have Had To Call An Institution Their Home

Dr Shahana Hussain | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Dr Shahana Hussain

My niece, Fauzia, is now 19 years old. She has a learning disability and autism and spent two and a half years in an assessment and treatment unit called St. Andrew's hospital. You may have seen her in Channel 4's Dispatches programme saying she is "never going back, never going back" to that place.

OKCupid Asked People If The World Would Be A Better Place If My Children Never Existed - I'm Not Allowing That

Ismail Kaji | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Parents
Ismail Kaji

To ask if people with low IQs, which may include people with learning disabilites, shouldn't have the right to have children is very unfair. There are a lot of stories about people who don't have a learning disability and have children and find out it's not something they can handle.

Under Pressure: New Research Sheds Light On The Relationships Of UK Parents Who Have A Child With A Learning Disability

Dr David Marjoribanks | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Parents
Dr David Marjoribanks

Learning disability is often a little-understood entity, and scarce research has examined the experiences of parents who have a child with a learning disability in terms of their relationships and the pressures they face.

Dementia Support For A Hidden Population

Rhidian Hughes | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
Rhidian Hughes

Taking firm action to detect dementia will help people understand what is happening to them and make choices about their future which means a better chance of tailoring services and support to meet people's changing needs. As Rosie, who works with MacIntyre to advocate on dementia and disability, says: "It's about knowing how we can help others who may not know about dementia".

Health: It's Time To Talk

Steve Scown | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Scown

I'm 55 and I'm hoping I've many good years of life to come. But here's a thought - a man my age with learning disabilities is quite probably entering ...

I Was Called The R Word Hours After Arriving At My First Music Festival

Kelsey Ramsey | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kelsey Ramsey

When I am at a gig or a club sometimes people make fun of me, they laugh at me when I am dancing or they call me names and stare. I get anxious about this happening. I've been bullied before, and I don't want it to happen to me again. I feared this would be even worse at a festival.

Work And Health: Time For Some New Year Resolutions

Rhidian Hughes | Posted 02.01.2017 | UK Politics
Rhidian Hughes

The focus is on moving people off benefits, not on them sustaining employment. This needs to change. We need a progressive approach to supporting more disabled people into employment. That, to me, is one New Year's resolution worth making.

Quick Fixes Won't Solve The Social Care Crisis

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Victor Adebowale

The challenges created by social care are immense. And they cannot be solved with token gestures. What's needed is a serious settlement, a blueprint that will ensure we have a properly funded and efficient system that will withstand the rapidly changing demands of an ageing population. A robust system that can meet everyone's needs. When Theresa May became leader, she pledged to deliver a country that works not just for the privileged few but for everyone. To follow through on that promise, the government must come up with a plan to resolve the crisis in social care.

Tackling The Prevalent Loneliness In London's Care Homes And Mental Health Wards

Judith Elizabeth Davey | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK
Judith Elizabeth Davey

For people with mental health conditions in inpatient wards, loneliness is compounded by stigma and shame. While everyone else on the outside world is carrying on with their lives, they feel shunned and forgotten about.