Learning Disability Week

What It's Like Growing Up If Your Sister Has Down's Syndrome

Hayley Goleniowska | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Hayley Goleniowska

What's amazing is to see the total understanding Mia has for the extra support Natty needs. As Mia says herself "We all need extra help sometimes. I get Mum to help with my homework, Mum sometimes can't open jars, and Dad isn't very good at reaching the back of his head by himself when he shaves his hair."

Reality Check: the R Word Is the Wrong Word

Josie Scantlebury | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Josie Scantlebury

From working at Mencap I have lots of friends and colleagues who have a learning disability. Nearly all have had to listen to offensive language from others at some point in their life. It's ignorant to use such terms. It's just slang, you might say, it's just a joke, it's not actually. It's just the same as using racist or homophobic words.

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.

Abandoned, Without a Voice

Angela Harman | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Parents
Angela Harman

I have three children, all of whom have a disability. I would not change my children for the world, but I think there is significant change needed to the system of support to make it easier for parents like me to cope and ensure that they get the right care in the future.

My Son: My Greatest Teacher

Caroline White | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Parents
Caroline White

He has shown me what is important in life, I am a better, more open minded person and above all I have come to realise that those hopes and dreams I had before he was born are still the same and, in fact, the same for all of my children.

People With a Learning Disability Aren't From Mars

Sarah Gordy | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Gordy

As an actress with Down's syndrome and a learning disability you could say I'm fairly rare. I've always enjoyed acting and was told I had a strong talent for it at an early age. Some people underestimated me though.

Mom's Kind Words: Kill Your Autistic Kid

James Christie | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

Just the other day, Anonymous of Ontario slipped a letter beneath the door of Karla Begley, mother of an autistic son called Max, and told Mrs Begley (among other things) that "you have a kid that is mentally handicapped ... they should take whatever non retarded body parts he possesses and donate it to science ...

I Am an Actress - I Also Happen to Have Down's Syndrome

Sarah Gordy | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Gordy

My name is Sarah Gordy and I am an actress. I also happen to have Down's syndrome.I was in the show called Upstairs Downstairs, which I loved. It was a drama series on BBC One and it was on from 2010 to 2012. After the series I got to appear on TV chat shows and talk to newspapers in the UK.