Mencap

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 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.

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 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.

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

Ciara Lawrence | Posted 14.01.2016 | 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 26.11.2015 | 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 13.11.2015 | 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 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.

Through My Friends, I Learnt To Be 'Me'

Ciara Lawrence | Posted 30.07.2015 | 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.

People With Learning Disabilities Mark the Parties

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

The results are in. People with learning disabilities and their families have marked all 5 main political parties in England, based on whether they will defend the rights of people with learning disabilities in the future. It's good news for the Greens (81%), not bad for Labour (71%), terrible for the Conservatives (18%).

Six Marathons in Five Days in 120°F and All to Help People With a Learning Disability

Toby Barnard | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Sport
Toby Barnard

Coming from such a comparative background of privilege and witnessing lives that in many cases have very little hope of a bright future provides a powerful incentive to make any small impact I could to benefit children's lives. I was powerless to help the children I saw when I was away, but I knew I could make a difference to those in the UK.

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.

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.

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.

Politicians Must Hear the Voice of People With a Learning Disability

Ciara Lawrence | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK
Ciara Lawrence

I don't want any child with a learning disability to go through what I went through - to be told you're worthless, no good, stupid. Around 200 children are born every single week who will have a learning disability. This is our chance to make a difference to their futures. The public is demanding the next government to make this change happen - candidates must listen.

WATCH: Mencap Does The Harlem Shake

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Comedy

God bless you, people of Mencap. Both for the sterling work you do for those with learning disabilities, and for being the first set of British office...