in the community blogs
Why can't people with learning disabilities have meaningful careers too?
A testing time for learning disability services
Celebrating the key workers who happen to have learning disabilities
Emergency planning for family carers has never been more important
How should we think about post-pandemic grief support for people with a learning disability?
Staying socially connected in old age: "If I lose those friends as a whole, I wonder exactly what would happen to me"
Why learning disability campaigning makes business sense
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.
"I wanted to play sport but could never fit in"
Transport budget cuts render education inaccessible for autistic young people
School and college transport can mean the difference between autistic young people getting the education and training they need and parents facing an impossible juggling act trying to balance work with the school run. Here we speak to parents planning a judicial review of one council’s decision to slash its transport budget.
"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.
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.
Exploring voice hearing through film
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.