Learning Disability Today
Supporting professionals working in learning disability and autism services

Friends together

Doreen and Maggie are best friends and have just moved into their first home together at the ages of 80 and 77 respectively. This huge step has made a massive difference in their lives and they are now planning to put their stamp on their new place. Sinead McHugh-Hicks shares their story. Doreen and Maggie, who have learning disabilities and complex physical needs, have been lifelong friends, having first met when they were placed in a large institution in Sheffield together in the late 1930s. But after more than 70 years spent in various institutions and residential homes, they are


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