Valuing People Now19 August 2011,
There is a lot more that needs to happen to enable people with learning disabilities and their families, with a range of diversity and needs, to engage, feel empowered and receive the services and support they need.
We need commissioners who understand the needs of people with learning disabilities5 August 2011,
The system failings shown up by the latest CQC report are only part of the story: big questions remain about how support is planned and commissioned for people whose behaviour challenges services or have mental health problems in addition to a learning disability.
Delight as actor with Down's syndrome joins the cast of Eastenders27 July 2011,
We're thrilled that an actor with Down’s syndrome will be cast in a mainstream TV programme as it provides an excellent platform from which to break down negative attitudes towards learning disabilities in the public.
Itâs no ordinary day when you get to meet the Queen!21 July 2011, Keith Bates
I was lucky enough to have been a winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion for my work to improve employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities.
Our reaction to the the Fairer Care Funding report by Andrew Dilnot4 July 2011,
Today the Commission on Funding of Care and Support, chaired by Andrew Dilnot, publishes its final report, Fairer Care Funding. I was amongst those consulted by the commission.
How the misuse and misinterpretation of language in society can cultivate stigma1 July 2011,
A word referring to a disability or mental health condition applied to mean something unpleasant or abusive further promotes the stigma and discrimination that many people are unacceptably subjected to in their everyday lives.
Mental health in people with learning disabilities23 June 2011,
People with learning disabilities and their families tell us that they do not get support to think or talk about mental health problems in the same way that they get increasingly with physical health.
Learning Disability Week20 June 2011, Hanifa Islam
This week we are celebrating Learning Disability Week, a week which provides charities and care organisations with an opportunity to raise awareness of the important issues that impact on the lives of people with learning disabilities.
Philip Davies MP's comments on employment rights17 June 2011,
Mr Davies’ suggestion that the discrimination and lack of understanding faced by people with learning disabilities in the workplace means that they should work for less than is deemed acceptable for everyone else displays a breathtaking ignorance and is deeply offensive.
Citizen-led developmental support could be effective in limiting abuse or neglect10 June 2011,
It is essential that the inspection and monitoring processes used by the CQC and care managers are re-designed as there is too much room for abuse to go unnoticed within the current system.