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How The £30-A-Week Cut To ESA Will Have A Devastating Impact For People With A Learning Disability, Like Me

Danny Brice | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK
Danny Brice

But this week, the Government has brought in a cut to a key disability benefit, Employment and Support Allowance, that I and thousands of disabled people rely on. For new people claiming this benefit from April 1st, they will receive £30 a week less. That is a huge amount when you think so many disabled people live in poverty.

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.

It's Important That People With A Learning Disability Are Seen On Our Screens And On Stage - Simply Because We Exist

Sarah Gordy | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Gordy

Things have improved and I've been lucky enough to be involved in some big steps forward. I was the first actor with a learning disability to play a character without a disability on stage, a big moment for the learning disability community of actors. It's these opportunities that keeps me going.

2017 Needs To Be The Year Major Improvements Are Made For People With A Learning Disability

Ismail Kaji | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK
Ismail Kaji

There is a big opportunity with employment. As someone with a learning disability, I know the struggles of finding work. Employers rarely seem to see past learning disability on your application, and employers are not confident enough to employ people with a learning disability.

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.

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.

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 ...

I've Won Gold, Silver And Bronze At The Paralympics, More People With A Learning Disability Should Have The Same Opportunity

Jessica-Jane Applegate | Posted 16.10.2016 | UK Sport
Jessica-Jane Applegate

I'm Jessica-Jane Applegate, I'm 20 years old and I'm an elite swimmer. I've competed in competitions all over the world, I've set over 75 new British Swimming records and I've won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in London 2012 and Rio 2016 and in 2013 was given an MBE. I also have a learning disability.

I Was a Victim of Hate Crime for Five Years - But I Didn't Realise It at the Time

Bartek Rzepka | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK
Bartek Rzepka

Figures this week showed that the number of prosecutions for hate crimes against disabled people has risen by more than 40% over the last year. I have a learning disability, and I live in supported housing run by Mencap. When staff there told me about the rise in hate crime, I was shocked but not surprised.

Dating Site Slammed For Asking If People With Low IQs Should Reproduce

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK

An online dating site has been slammed by learning disability charity Mencap after it asked users whether the world would be a "better place" if peopl...

Carer Who Piled Bags On Disabled Man Keeps Her Job

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK

The care worker who piled bags on a disabled patient while she smoked and talked on the phone has avoided dismissal. Mencap said they were "appalled" ...

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

Jodi Parry | Posted 19.03.2017 | 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.

Charity Had No Option But To Suspend This Heartless Carer

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK

A support worker has been suspended after a photograph apparently depicting her client sitting in a wheelchair laden with shopping bags emerged on soc...

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

Darren Clark | Posted 15.02.2017 | 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.

'Undateables' - I Am Sorry, I Got You Wrong

Ciara Lawrence | Posted 14.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Ciara Lawrence

With the right support, many people are capable of finding love, whether or not they have a disability. People with a learning disability should have the opportunity to be in a loving relationship if they want to be.

Christmas Catastrophes

Amy Clarke | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Clarke

Christmas should be a merry time of year, but if you are in charge of Christmas shopping then it can be far from relaxing. Black Friday last year was very manic, especially in the big cities. I think it's a good idea to start your Christmas shopping as early as possible.

Kindness Doesn't Cost a Thing

Josie Scantlebury | Posted 12.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Josie Scantlebury

Growing up with a learning disability can make life difficult. Nine out of 10 children with a learning disability have been bullied at some point. It's time we put a stop to this. At the same time 1200 people with a learning disability are dying avoidably each year within the NHS. I really think that public attitudes towards people with a learning disability are behind this.

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

Josie Scantlebury | Posted 06.08.2016 | 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.

Through My Friends, I Learnt To Be 'Me'

Ciara Lawrence | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK
Ciara Lawrence

I haven't always found it easy to make friends. I used to be really aware of my learning disability and I used to worry about what other people thought of me. I was quiet and not myself. I found it hard to talk about having a learning disability because I didn't want people to think I was stupid.

People with Learning Disabilities Are Being Sold Off Like Slaves

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

Tendering for human services seems like a slave auction in reverse: human beings are sold off, for profit, to the lowest bidder.

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

Vicky Hiles | Posted 17.06.2016 | 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 16.06.2016 | 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 16.06.2016 | 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 15.06.2016 | 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.

Williams Syndrome: A Day in the Life

Katie Ellis | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Ellis

After I was born I had a six-week check up and the doctors found that I had a rare condition called Pulmonary Stenosis. This meant I had to be referred to Harefield Heart Hospital, but it wasn't until I was two years old and after lots of tests that I was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome, which means I also have a learning disability.