Learning Disabilities

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When we were first given the diagnosis, I remember going through lots of outdated, clinical information we'd found online, but what I desperately wanted to know was how the day-to-day looked, raising a child with a learning disability.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

Shake It Off (Or Alternatively Fetch the Imaginary Voodoo Doll)

Laura Rutherford | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

When it comes to pass-remarkable comments to do with my parenting, I've tended to let them go in the past (okay, I'll admit I may have fetched my imaginary voodoo doll once or twice...). Let's be honest, pretty much all parents encounter them every so often, be it for giving in to a tantrum "too easily" or co-sleeping on a bad night.

Just Keep Swimming

Laura Rutherford | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

What happens when he's a man and doesn't pass as "cute" anymore? He is still our beautiful baby regardless, but the world can be a cruel place. I just want to protect him from it forever.

Changing the Game for Players With Down's Syndrome

Cara Jessop | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Tech
Cara Jessop

Our inspiration for making these games is of course our brother Tommy. He was always a pretty good learner, with a fantastic mind for curious facts and ludicrous jokes, but maths was one of the last things to click and we noticed how this impacted on his independence right up to his late twenties.

Why It's Time for Dyslexics to Come Out of the Closet

Matt Davis | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Davis

here is still a prejudice in education between the students themselves which leads to secrecy instead of openness. It's nothing to be ashamed of, in fact Richard Branson once said 'being dyslexic is actually an advantage and has helped me greatly in life' at the end of the day it's your creative ideas and opinions that will make people take notice, not your calligraphy skills.

Help Put a Stop to Abuse of Those With Learning Disabilities

Marcus Mitchell | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Marcus Mitchell

As somebody like Katie Price being in the public eye and especially as a parent of a child with disabilities, I can't imagine the effect it's having on her emotionally and of course the family too. No parent wants to see their child being publicly harassed and abused. It must be uncomfortable to witness. It's absolutely unnecessary and understandably incredibly hurtful. Some say she's using this to gain media attention which I'm sure is ridiculously untrue. I'm sure Katie wouldn't use her child to gain media attention let alone want any of this abuse to carry on.

To The Doctor Who Told Us 'I'm Sorry'

Jodi Parry | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Parents
Jodi Parry

To this day, I would love to ask that doctor, 'what are you sorry for?' There's nothing to be sorry about, it's just a different journey. Our girls bring us so much joy and in September they started at the same mainstream school as their big brother Finlay. Our family feels happy and healthy. So now, four years down the line, if this is our journey then we wouldn't swap our tour guides for the world.

Getting the Disabled Into Work Is the Key to Achieving Full Employment

Teresa Scott | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK
Teresa Scott

The Conservative Party manifesto at the last election set out the "bold aim" of full employment. In what looks to be promising news for the Government...

I Am Married. I Am in Love. I Also Happen to Have a Learning Disability - This Shouldn't Matter

Darren Clark | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Darren Clark

As soon as I set eyes on Helen, I knew she was the one for me. I have a learning disability and never thought I could have a relationship with someone even though this was something I had always dreamed about. I was determined to make this happen.

The Media - And What It Is Like to Be Someone With a Learning Disability in It

Sarah Gordy | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Gordy

In the beginning of my career the stage managers and assistant directors were horrified when they saw me. How were they going to keep to a tight schedule with a central character played by someone with Downs Syndrome? But now - they want to work with me again.

My Child Has a Learning Disability - How Do I Prepare Her for a Hospital Stay?

Stephanie Nimmo | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Parents
Stephanie Nimmo

Here's my advice to anyone with a child with complex needs facing an impending hospital stay, it's what has worked for us as we support Daisy through these traumatic and stressful times...

HRA Year 11: Helping Keep Families Together

Helen Wildbore | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Politics
Helen Wildbore

As part of BIHR's 15 Days of Action to mark the 15th anniversary of the Human Rights Act (HRA), we are marking landmark moments in the Act's history. ...