Learning Disabilities

No One Wants to Be Normal: So Why Are We Awkward Around Those Who Are Different?

Josie Scantlebury | Posted 09.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Josie Scantlebury

My biggest fear is that as much as we fight, and we all do fight, it can feel like a losing battle for so many people with a learning disability. But I hope that the positive stories of disability manage to get heard more than the negative ones. We need it so badly.

As Someone With a Learning Disability, Working Has Given Me Confidence and Independence

Vicky Hiles | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Hiles

My name is Vicky, I have a learning disability and I've been able to find full-time paid employment. Finding paid work has given me more confidence and independence. I want more people with a learning disability to have a chance of working because they can do it.

Why I Study Nursing

Kieran Uttley | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kieran Uttley

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.

Political Parties Challenged on Welfare by Disabled People and Their Families

James Bolton | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Politics
James Bolton

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...

Please, No More Broken Promises: No More Broken Families

Leo Andrade | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Politics
Leo Andrade

Even now, when I go to see my son, he falls asleep in my lap. His finer motor skills are totally lost, he trembles so much he can't even hold his fork and he drags his feet along because his body is so weak. To see my son so yellow and so sad is not the Stephen we know.

Why Hearing My Son Giggle Will Be the Greatest Gift to Me This Mother's Day

Sadia Nakimera | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sadia Nakimera

I kept asking myself, "God, why me?" The mixture of guilt for feeling like you were giving up on your son and constant fear as to when the demands of 24 hour care would become too much weighed heavily on me.

15 Things Having a Sibling with a Learning Disability Has Taught Me

Beckie Saunders | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK
Beckie Saunders

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.

This Is What Really Causes Autism, According To New Research

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

There have been many theories as to the cause of autism over the years, including an infamous claim by British researcher Andrew Wakefield in 1998 tha...

The Political Party Leaders Are Listening to the Voice of Learning Disability

Ismail Kaji | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Politics
Ismail Kaji

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.

The Power of Words (And Why I Support 'Spread the Word to End the Word')

Beckie Saunders | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Beckie Saunders

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.

Is the Opposition to Sanctions Used to Justify Bigotry?

Simon Stevens | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

I wish everyone would start really examining what they are saying before using disabled people as pawns in their childish political games, but I fear too few people actually care about how disabled people are portrayed or desire us to be fully included into society as equal citizens.

Why People With a Learning Disability Are Kissing on Camera for Valentine's Day

Sarah Drayton Thompson | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Drayton Thompson

Eventually Daniel got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was one of the happiest days of my life. Soon after came one the worst days of my life however. Our local authority forced me to take a mental capacity test - and then told me I didn't have capacity to decide to marry the love of my life.

Father Refuses To Give His Baby With Down's Syndrome Up For Adoption

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Like most new fathers, Samuel Forrest was beyond excited meet his son, but he had no idea just how much that first encounter would change his life. ...

Why Do Services Treat People With Learning Difficulties as a Cultural Minority?

Simon Stevens | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I believe that due to this need for support making decisions, people with learning difficulties are treated as a cultural minority by a range of services in a manner other disabled people do not experience. By this I mean they are expected throughout their lives to live, work and play together and make decisions together as 'people with learning difficulties'.

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

Ismail Kaji | Posted 09.12.2014 | 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.