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Learning Disability

Options Malvern View celebrates national recognition

A service in Malvern for young people on the autism spectrum is celebrating after receiving one of a handful of special national commendations for the high quality support it offers. Options Malvern View, which is part of the Options Adolescent to Adult Life Preparation Service (AALPS), supports young adults with a range of needs to live as independently as possible. ... Read More »

Over 170 runners climb 36 floors of London’s Walkie Talkie for charity challenge

On July 17, over 170 people from across the UK climbed London’s famous ‘Walkie Talkie’ skyscraper to raise money to help people with a learning disability get in to the world of work. Runners climbed the 828 steps of the landmark, otherwise known as 20 Fenchurch Street, to reach the exclusive Sky Garden, Europe’s highest roof garden, where they were ... Read More »

4 out of 5 People with Learning Disabilities Supported by Hft say Personalised Technology Helps Them Feel Safer

National charity Hft is using connected care solutions from Tunstall to enhance the lives of people living with learning disabilities.  Hft, a national charity aiming to give people with learning disabilities the opportunity to live the best life possible, is working with Tunstall Healthcare to provide the people it supports with personalised technology solutions that allow them to live more ... Read More »

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 »