in the community blogs
MPs need to listen more to people with learning disabilities
Paralympic legacy must not be lost
Statistics released last weekend showed that 86% of sports clubs had noticed no change in the number of membership enquiries they had received from people with disabilities since the Paralympics. This must act as a wake-up call for the clubs – but they will have to take into account the needs of people with learning, as well as physical, disabilities.
Autism Friendly Films provides example for others
It was heartening to see the recent expansion of the Autism Friendly Films initiative, with a second cinema chain joining the scheme. Here, Dan Parton explains how a relatively simple – and cheap – solution can really make a difference to the lives of people with autism and/or learning disabilities and provide a model for others to follow.
Dursley case points to a litigious future
The fightback has started. No more are people with learningdisabilities taking cuts to services lying down. After protests inLondon recently - and smaller ones around the country over localissues - more and more people with learning disabilities arefighting back and are increasingly turning to the courts to hel
Davies’ comments show how disability discrimination is still prevalent
Sometimes, news stories come along that make you do a cartoon double-take – you can’t believe what you’ve just read. Backbench Conservative MP Philip Davies’ comments on people with disabilities and employment provided one such moment.For anyone who hasn’t heard yet, speaking in the Commons last Friday in a debate
Cuts hurt the most vulnerable
Cuts bite smaller organisations harder
Cuts biting hard
Dan Parton writes (23rd May 2012) : More grim - but unsurprising - news this week for people with learning disabilities, their families and their carers: 1 in 4 people with learning disabilities now spend less than 1 hour outside of their home each day because of cuts to services, according to Mencap.
Budget cuts biting hard
If the Learning Disability Coalition's (LDC) new report is to be believed, nearly half of people with learning disabilities who receive social care services have had their support cut or charges for it increased in the past year. Proof, for Dan Parton, that the cuts are clearly affecting service users