learning disability week
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.