Learning Disabilities

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 16.03.2017 | 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 07.03.2017 | 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.

How Other Parents Helped Me Realise A Learning Disability Is Nothing To Fear - In Fact, It's Brought Joy I Could Never Have Imagined

Tom Bachofner | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Parents
Tom Bachofner

When we were first given the diagnosis, I remember going through lots of outdated, clinical information we'd found online, but what I desperately wanted to know was how the day-to-day looked, raising a child with a learning disability.

Learning From 'Learning Disabilities'

Hannah Barham-Brown | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Barham-Brown

On the drive home from the hospital, having left Mum and baby recovering, my father, my brothers and I were all stunned, exhausted, and overwhelmed. The magnitude of Theo's diagnosis had hit, and all I wanted to do was reassure my Dad. "It's ok - we'll always be here to look after him." And I meant it.

This Statistic Shows We Have A Long Way To Go When It Comes To Learning Disabilities

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK

Just 30% of people would feel comfortable sitting next to someone with a mild learning disability, new research has revealed. As part of their Here I ...

Watch And Learn - People With Learning Disabilities Leading The Way

Beth Britton | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

When I first began working as a dementia consultant for MacIntyre in 2013, I was struck by how their learning disability services encourage the people they are supporting to be front and centre in their work.

We Need A Focus On Hidden Hate Crime

Rhidian Hughes | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK
Rhidian Hughes

Let us not forget that if people are vulnerable, it is because of the circumstances in which they find themselves, rather than being vulnerable per se. The more we invest in supporting disabled people to feel fully included in society, the more we prevent incidents such as hate crime occurring.

Surviving Those Bad Patches

Laura Rutherford | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

When Brody's behaviour turns like this, it's hard not to feel like a rubbish parent. Because what we want foremost is for him to be happy. And that mummy guilt, it can really weigh you down. It's hard not to feel pissed off that things aren't straight forward and envious of friends who have the life you pictured when you first saw the positive sign after peeing on a stick.

Autism: Can't We Just Be Reasonable?

Oli Monks | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Oli Monks

If we are all to start improving things, it's not going to take any fundamental changes in laws but simple, practical steps in our own lives that will make a HUGE difference. What can these be?

Closing The Health Inequality Gap For People With Learning Disabilities

Rhidian Hughes | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK
Rhidian Hughes

The health of people with learning disabilities is worse that that of the general population with common health problems including respiratory disease, heart disease and obesity. A 2012 report by Mencap, Death by Indifference, highlighted the deaths of 74 people with a learning disability in NHS care over 10 years. It suggested that many health professionals still fail to provide adequate health care to people with learning disabilities.

We'll All Be Losers If We Don't Solve Inequality

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK
Lord Victor Adebowale

Equality is better for everyone- it means we live in a healthier, safer and more dynamic society. But social justice will only become a reality if we are all willing to embrace change, and start listening to those who could benefit most from our new Prime Minister's vision.