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Music can transform lives of people with learning disabilities

As part of their disability art series three learning-disabled musicians describe the life-changing power of music – and offer tips on jamming and performing. You can read more about it at Guardian Online Read More »

Relaxed performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The National Theatre’s multi award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s best-selling book is making its Southampton debut at the Mayflower Theatre on 23 June where it will run for two weeks until 4 July as part of a 31 date tour of the UK and Ireland.    It ... Read More »

Music project in Brighton awarded grant by national Youth Music charity

  The National Foundation for Youth Music has awarded a grant of £27,000 to Carousel, a Brighton-based charity that facilitates people with a learning disability to reach their potential in the arts.  Many of the young people supported by the national charity Youth Music face significant challenges in their lives. These may arise from economic issues, from disability or lifelong health ... Read More »


Music-making for young people with disabilities and special educational needs was given a big boost today when Drake Music, the national organisation that seeks to break down disabling barriers to music, was awarded a significant grant to support its work.  The National Foundation for Youth Music is giving £83,700 this year with further grants of up to £185,300 being made ... Read More »

New Forest brings first ever music festival for people with a learning disability

The first ever music festival exclusively for people with a learning disability and autism, their families and carers is coming to the heart of the New Forest this Summer. The three day festival will run from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th July and over 40 live acts have already joined the line-up. The festival will host two stages, a dance ... Read More »

Disabled model makes catwalk debut in her wheelchair

Gemma Flanagan, 32, will make her catwalk debut at The Ideal Home Show at Olympia, London tomorrow as part of Models of Diversity’s fashion shows named ‘The Beauty Within’. Gemma was diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome in 2011, a condition that affects the nervous system and left Gemma paralysed. Following a long period of recovery which saw Gemma re-learning how to ... Read More »

Programme of international performances revealed for Hijinx Unity Festival 2015 in Cardiff

This week Hijinx announced a line up of inclusive and disability artists from the UK, Europe and Africa who will come to perform at Hijinx Unity Festival in Cardiff from 1-5 July 2015.  Jaw-dropping circus, roaming theatre shows, trapeze artists, dancers and musicians will fill the streets of Cardiff this July in a celebration of the best inclusive and disability ... Read More »


An Ayrshire care home has scooped the top prize in a UK-wide poster competition run by a leading   charity. Bupa’s Arran View care home in Saltcoats secured first place for its “Keep the party going all life long” poster as part of a competition for Six Point Foundation. For its winning effort the care home will pick up a £500 ... Read More »

Standing ovation for disabled performers’ opening night

Chichester College joined forces with Rolls Royce last Thursday to launch its pioneering educational project to a packed audience at Chichester Festival Theatre. The new performing arts training programme, called Theatre Inc., has been designed to offer education and a supported work placement for young performers who live with a range of learning disabilities. The evening on February 26th included ... Read More »

Eurovision Song Contest 2015: Finland choose punk band with learning disabilities for victory

Finnish punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipaivat (PKN), whose members have intellectual disabilities, celebrate winning Yle’s Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (New Music Competition) and becoming the country’s Eurovision song contest representative, in Helsinki February 28, 2015     PKN have become bookies’ favourites to win the Eurovision Song Contest as they were picked by Finnish viewers to represent the country. The quartet ... Read More »

SpecialEffect: the charity making video games available for all

Lee is a lifelong gamer; he also has spinal muscular atrophy, a disease that causes progressive muscle weakness. When his condition meant that he was no longer physically able to play games, he became depressed – he felt like part of who he was had slipped away. Now, with a combination of a mouth-controlled joystick and a series of micro-switches ... Read More »

These Disabled Models Featured In An Inspiring New York Fashion Week Show

Following the inclusion of Jamie Brewer – the first model with Down syndrome to feature on a New York Fashion Week catwalk – last Thursday, the fashion world has made another move in the right direction: a show featuring disabled models. Disabled models from around the world featured in the show for FTL Moda’s AW15 collection on Sunday at the ... Read More »