Removing disability-based defences to ensure equality before the law: a blessing or a curse?
Most countries have signed up to a UN principle that disability-based legal defences are infantalising and contravene the human right to equal treatment. However, people often end up 'detained for treatment' rather than detained in prison anyway. What should be done? Experts from the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law discuss.
Sexuality and learning disability
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people with learning disabilities can struggle to find a safe space to meet others facing the same challenges. Darren Devine hears how LGBT people with learning disabilities in Norfolk and Suffolk could soon have a safe place to meet, talk and get advice and support.
How to retain your best staff
What to expect at Learning Disability Today London…
Health may be unpredictable but opportunities should be universal – that’s a value we hold dear at Learning Disability Today. It will underpin everything you experience at our upcoming learning and exhibition day in London on November 22. We will be joined by some of the most respected voices in social care and empowerment including Choice Support, Mencap and former health minister (currently shadow health minister) Norman Lamb MP.
Interview: ParalympicsGB coach Paula Dunn on how to give sports training to people with learning disabilities
Controversial or constructive?
Interview: Rosa Monckton suffered a backlash when she made the case for people with learning disabilities to be exempted from minimum wage protection, in order to create more job openings. Learning Disability Today visited the learning disability training centre she’s set up, to explore the debate around employment challenges.
The benefit of inclusive music projects
The bullying of people with autism and learning disabilities
Power to the people
From service user to citizen – where to next for people with learning disabilities? Alex McClimens and Darren Lee investigate:
To begin, here’s a quick quiz. What links the following cities: Havana, 1959; Paris, 1789; Saigon, 1975; Prague, 1968? They were all sites of revolutionary uprisings where the incumbent leadership was overthrown by a mix of military and people power. Such things don’t just happen in foreign countries as we in the UK too have had our share of revolutionary unrest, although this happened a long time ago.
The thread that links these acts of rebellion was that the majority of the population felt that their political leaders were ignoring the rights of the ordinary citizen. In established Western democracies this situation is now managed by the electoral system that gives citizens the right to vote political parties in or out of government.