Discrimination is still, sadly, a part of everyday life for many people with learning disabilities, but there are on-going initiatives to challenge this.
I'm an autistic, mixed race woman - let's discuss intersectionality
"When others don’t give us access to devices or fail to acknowledge our words - we may not realise the power of them"
Jordyn Zimmerman recently graduated with her bachelors degree in education policy from Ohio University. Diagnosed as autistic, Jordyn did not have access to a communication system until 2014, at the age of 18 years old. She writes for Learning Disability Today about how the world can be made more inclusive of autistic people who use alternative and augmentative communication (AAC).
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.
The road to an inclusive society: an international perspective
#LDTchat on people with learning disabilities being excluded from autism research
Autism research fails to reflect the spectrum's diversity - and those with learning disabilities are being excluded
More reports, fewer prosecutions: failure to tackle disability hate crime laid bare in new figures
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.