How Other Parents Helped Me Realise A Learning Disability Is Nothing To Fear - In Fact, It's Brought Joy I Could Never Have Imagined
When we were first given the diagnosis, I remember going through lots of outdated, clinical information we'd found online, but what I desperately wanted to know was how the day-to-day looked, raising a child with a learning disability.
'How long do people with Down's syndrome live?'
People with Down’s syndrome are breaking down misconceptions around the condition by answering the most common questions
Congratulations Russell 👏
A man with Down’s syndrome is celebrating 30 years of working at McDonald’s. Russell O’Grady was 18 years old when he went
'We want to show the world how great Down’s syndrome really is.'
A mother has created a photo series to challenge negative perceptions of children with Down’s syndrome. Julie Willson, from
But one campaign is trying to change this.
Just 30% of people would feel comfortable sitting next to someone with a mild learning disability, new research has revealed
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.
Last nights BBC2 documentary 'A World Without Down's Syndrome?' has already raised a lot of questions before it was even aired and although my son doesn't have Downs syndrome it is still something which affected me during my pregnancy and the issues surrounding it continue to affect me today.
We eat cake and drink tea and I feel strangely at ease with this person who I have not seen for 25 years. What a life, what a trooper. She's worked hard to overcome stigma, to get ahead, to bounce back and to be who she is, who she really is.
'I was really disturbed that the BBC screened such a one-sided, slanted documentary that tipped into blatant anti-choiceness.'
Sally Phillips’ documentary about Down’s syndrome has sparked intense debate. ‘A World Without Down’s Syndrome’, which aired
What is true, is that when you provide absolute clarity to expectant mothers on one hand, whilst allowing ignorance to prevail on the other, the outcome is guaranteed because the game is rigged one-way.
'For some people, having a baby with Down’s syndrome is an intolerable event.'
Sally Phillips’ son Olly is just like any kid. He likes ice cream and Barcelona football club. He’s energetic, loves to laugh
There will always be room for Alice in our home if she wants to come and stay for a while or live with us longer term. The same offer will be open to my younger brother if he wants to base himself with us and we'll always come to the aid of my sister and her husband if they need us.
'They', a sub set, a type that is expected to be a certain way, more alike each other than the rest of 'us' or even their own families. 'They' refers to a stereotype that our daughter has just challenged in the mind of the speaker by being herself. Something within has stirred, a deep fear has arisen, an uncomfortable ignorance of 'them'.
'We’ve failed to grasp what it means to be human.'