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

Rave on: the rise of learning disability club nights

From Manchester’s Frogtastic to Walsall’s Religion and Mansfield’s TenFifty learning disability club nights are designed to help democratise the UK’s dancefloors. Social isolation can be crippling for people with learning disabilities and bringing those facing similar challenges together in a safe environment seems like the perfect way to tackle the blight of loneliness. But how much progress do these nights really represent when premised on the idea that mainstream clubbing is too unsafe because of the dangers of bullying and harassment from drunks? “People with learning disabilities can encounter patronising attitudes and unwelcome stares in mainstream venues.” Also, almost all


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