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Learning Disability

Week of events mark Learning Disability Week 2016

People with a learning disability and their families from Wirral have been invited to attend a number of FREE events organised by Wirral Mencap to mark Learning Disability Week 2016 (20–26 June).  The week is designed to help break down the barriers people with a learning disability can face when developing relationships. The events include a drop-in lunch, a ‘Crafternoon ... Read More »

Care Leaders warn Government: Provide better funding for learning disability care

The leaders of the UK’s biggest providers of care for people with learning disabilities have warned that care standards will slip back if the Government does not provide more funding for vital services, with a risk to the transformation agenda prompted by the Winterbourne View scandal. Their calls have been backed by the former Care Minister, Norman Lamb MP, who ... Read More »

Relaxed Performance of at the National Theatre

A Relaxed Performance of  will take place on Thursday 21 April at 7pm in the Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre. Combining live theatre and digital technology in dazzling new ways, is a musical like no other: Aly is struggling with all the pressures of being a teenager: family, school, friends and her own insecurities. Then she discovers – a ... Read More »


 A team from Hft – a national charity supporting people with learning disabilities – has been selected by the Health Foundation, an independent health care charity, to be part of its £1.5 million innovation programme, Innovating for Improvement. The second round of the Innovating for Improvement programme is supporting twenty-one health care projects in the UK with the aim of ... Read More »

Business leaders gain unique insight into learning disability

 BUSINESS LEADERS, public sector bosses and sports managers are amongst those being provided with a unique insight into making their organisations more accessible to people with learning disability by the UK Sports Association for People with Learning Disability (UKSA). Thanks to funding from Spirit of 2012, a trust set up to sustain the spirit and opportunities from the London 2012 ... Read More »

British Athletics and UK Sports Association statement on Classification of Athletes with Intellectual Disability

 As part of the UK Sport strategy to develop classification procedures nationally, the UK Sports Association (UKSA), in partnership with British Athletics, has been working together to further develop the classification application procedures for athletes with intellectual disability. All parties are keen to enable the sport to move to a position where the sport actively co-ordinates some of the administrative ... Read More »

Special Olympics World Champion from Kingston celebrated

Councillor Roy Arora, Mayor of Kingston, and Mayoress Manisha Arora warmly welcomed Kingston resident Daniel Wolff at a special reception held to celebrate his gold and bronze medals for athletics at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles last month.  On celebrating Daniel’s achievements, Councillor Roy Arora said:  “We are very proud of Daniel. He’s not only represented the borough ... Read More »

Charities win National Achievement Award

 Three small disability charities have won a Lloyds Bank Foundation National Charity Achievement Awards. They were recognised for the inspirational and ground-breaking work they do. Cornwall People First (CPF) impressed the judges for having transformed the way people with learning disabilities communicate with authorities about issues that matter to them. They have worked with local services on awareness-raising events like ... Read More »

Lego criticised for insulting people with learning disabilities

Lego is a toy brand adored by millions of children and adults across the world. However they have created a new toy called Turg and have described it as a ‘window licker’. This term is highly offensive to people who have a learning disability and the making of the toy has been described as ‘an experiment that’s gone very very ... Read More »

Nightclub Closure Could Stop LATE Nights For Young Disabled People

The closure of a Glasgow nightclub, The Arches, could prevent a regular club night for young people with learning disabilities from continuing. The supported living charity C Change run the club night called LATE and it has been taking place at the The Arches for the last four years, regularly seeing 200 people attend the nights to socialise with friends ... Read More »

Hillcrest: Providing Support for Adults with Learning Disabilities

Positive actions, positive outcomes. Hillcrest’s tag line truly underpins the wonderful work they do throughout the south of England by supporting and encouraging adults with learning disabilities. By providing a welcoming home for those with challenging behaviour, sensory impairment, specific health needs, learning difficulties or a physical disability, their fully trained team help to support residents whilst also encouraging independence. ... Read More »

18-Year-Old With Down’s syndrome Hopes to Change Modelling World

18 year old Madeline Stuart is an aspiring model. She hopes to change the preconceptions of societies view of people with Down’s syndrome as she launches her campaign to be come a model. Stuart hopes that her “modelling will help change societies view of people with Down’s syndrome” and that “exposure will help to create acceptance in life.” She and ... Read More »