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Learning Disability

The Guessing Game When Your Child Is Non-Verbal

By Laura Rutherford Mother. Blogger. Campaigner The realisation of how valuable speech is has been brought home to me in a new way recently as our nearly two year old daughter, Sydney, is a complete chatterbox. “Drink“ she proclaims. “Sore“ she says when she hurts herself. And then I hear her trying to sing along to things in the back ... Read More »

People with learning disabilities have their first horse-riding lessons at Aintree

A group of people with learning disabilities and autism have been given the opportunity to go horse-riding for the first time at the country’s most prestigious racecourse. This is the first in a series of events celebrating Aintree’s year-long partnership with Hft, a national charity supporting people with learning disabilities, and Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), whose horses provide ... Read More »

Autism East Midlands proudly launch Autism Can

Autism East Midlands proudly launch Autism Can! with grant support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. With the grant support of £19,653 from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Autism East Midlands proudly launch Autism Can! Kick starting last month and with the planned capabilities to continue onwards until 2029. The grant will be spent on purchasing a variety of equipment, ... Read More »

Almost 30,000 call on Government to close autism employment gap

29,090 people have signed a petition calling on the Government to take decisive action to double the number of autistic people in work by 2020. The petition was delivered on 21 February to Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, by Cheryl Gillan MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism, and a number of ... Read More »

Models with disabilities needed for photoshoots

A modelling and acting company are looking for children and adults with learning or physical disabilities to take part in a professional photo shoot. Social care professional, Laura Johnson and performing arts teacher, Zoe Proctor, recently established Zebedee Management as they wanted to see better representation of people with disabilities within fashion, media and the arts. They are holding a ... Read More »

Groundbreaking show for PMLD audiences on tour

Multi-sensory, immersive theatre show for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities to undertake mammoth 59 date UK tour, January – May 2017 Frozen Light theatre company are taking Home, their latest bold and exciting production, devised specifically for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) on an extensive tour of England, Scotland and Wales. This is the most ... Read More »

One in three parents of a child with a learning disability is in a distressed relationship

Charities Relate, Relationships Scotland and Mencap call for increased support for families Parents who have a child with a learning disability are facing unnecessary pressures on their relationships. This is according to a new report, which finds that one in three of these parents is in a relationship which would be described in the counselling room as ‘distressed’ (compared to ... Read More »

SmART: Artists with a learning disability celebrate exhibition opening at Williamson Art Gallery

The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum in Claughton, Birkenhead, is now showing ‘SmART, a learning disability collaboration Project’, which boasts beautiful and thoughtful art from over 25 artists with a learning disability from across the borough. Four participating organisations; Wirral Evolutions, Royal Mencap Society, Autism Together and Wirral Mencap’s Crossbow Club set up the exhibition to give the artistic talents ... Read More »

Dr Stirlingshire’s Discovery

A Stellar line up at the RZSS Edinburgh Zoo in 2017           The world premiere, Dr Stirlingshire’s Discovery, is a captivating and enthralling family show, presented by Grid Iron, Lung Ha Theatre Company, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and the Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, and opens at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo on Saturday 1 April and plays until Sunday 9 April, 2017. Written by Morna ... Read More »

Arctic Piranha offers a safe haven for learning disabled clubbers

A new report has been released by a leading charity which shows that 1 in 4 disabled people have been discriminated against in mainstream clubs and at music gigs, but ARC’s regular Arctic Piranha club nights are already going some way in combating feelings of isolation and harassment for learning disabled adults in the Tees Valley. The national report, which ... Read More »

Mencap responds to announcement by DWP’s ‘war on inaccessibility’

Today (21 December) the Department of Work and Pensions has announced plans to recruit disability champions in to key sectors of businesses, such as retail, hospitality and sport, to improve accessibility for disabled people in the UK. Accessibility is a huge issue for people with a learning disability who can struggle to understand information when out in public. Despite rulings ... Read More »

Hft Smarthouse showcasing personalised technology solutions opens at Aintree

A house showcasing a range of assistive technology that can be used to support vulnerable adults to increase their independence has opened its doors in Liverpool. The mobile, purpose built Smarthouse, created by the Hft, the national learning disabilities charity, is on display at Aintree Racecourse as part of the newly launched Peter O’Sullevan Community Hub which will be the ... Read More »