complex needs blogs
Where the similarity ends: autism with and without a learning disability
Will all survive the storm? Coronavirus and the fight for the rights of people with learning disabilities
Mother Teresa once said, ‘Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his [her] humanity.’ Yet ever since COVID-19 reached the UK, it has seemed as if the rights of disabled people - and in particular those of people with a learning disability - have been at risk.
"We were already considered to be a family in crisis"
Lockdown on the spectrum: how autistic adults and families of children with the condition are coping with the coronavirus lockdown that has closed schools, slashed respite and limited access to the outdoors to one trip a day. Darren Devine highlights the experiences of one Scottish family facing struggles common to many during the lockdown.
Autism support pets are more than companions - they're clinical tools to enrich lives
What I wish I'd been told earlier about how to manage sensory overloads
Learning about boundaries and why it's ok to say no
Is school "refusal" really refusal? Navigating a system designed for neurotypical children
'Not Fine in School' is a parent-led organisation that supports, informs, and empowers parents affected by school non-attendance. On behalf of the organisation, Fran Morgan writes for Learning Disability Today about why the education system is failing to give all children the same support to thrive.
Should parents make care decisions once their child reaches adulthood?
Until a group of parents joined forces to change the law families could find themselves sidelined once a loved one with a learning disability turned eighteen, with social workers taking charge of key decisions. But here Darren Devine details how three families have fought to ensure parents continue to have a voice when their children become adults.
A comical documentation of sensory sensitivity
Too few people with learning disabilities are on television - so let's make auditions accessible
Filmmaker Beth Richards conducted research into how the television industry can be made more accessible for actors with learning disabilities. In this blog, she tells Learning Disability Today how her research findings informed her short animated film 'The Audition' which is being shown at Oska Bright Film Festival.