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Learning Disability

BBC Ouch Blog: The struggle to find work when you have Down’s syndrome

Fewer than two in 10 people with learning disabilities are in employment. For people with Down’s syndrome, it can leave them demoralised – but are things changing? “I have a friend with [Down’s syndrome] who actually pays someone £40 just so they can do his gardening [for him],” says Kate Brackley. Ms Brackley is one of around 40,000 people living ... Read More »

Young People with a learning disability need their voices heard

Young people with a learning disability gathered together at the Oh Yeah Centre in Belfast  on Tuesday 24th March to ask a panel of local candidates questions about the issues that matter to them. The event, which is part of Mencap’s Hear My Voice campaign, was organised by 16 young people with a learning disability from Belfast and Omagh. The ... 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 »

Epic Dave from Moneysupermarket stands out for Autism

To mark World Autism Awareness Week, the UK’s leading autism charity, the National Autistic Society (NAS), announced today that it had become the Moneysupermarket group’s (MSM) charity partner. MSM’s ‘Dave’ helped launch the week with his trademark #EpicStrut.  More than one in one hundred people have autism in the UK, and the new partnership, which will last for two years, ... Read More »


To mark World Autism Awareness Day, intu Trafford Centre is partnering with Cheadle-based special needs charity, the Together Trust, to launch a pioneering scheme aimed at supporting individuals with autism at Manchester’s intu Trafford Centre. Individuals with autism, their families and the organisations that work with them are all invited to be a part of the launch of this new ... Read More »

Toys“R”Us celebrate World Autism Awareness Week with exclusive store browsing event.

Toys“R”Us® will hold an autism friendly exclusive ‘experience’ event for families affected by autism and additional needs this month supporting World Autism Awareness Week and offering families a calm environment with their child. The Toys“R”Us event, being held in the morning of Sunday 29th March, will be a browsing event for families allowing them to visit their local store offering ... 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 »

Seven genes tied to intellectual disability found

BERLIN: Scientists have identified seven new genes that can cause X-linked intellectual disability, a disorder that predominantly affects men and can have highly variable clinical manifestations. X-linked intellectual disability is caused by defective genes on the X chromosome. As males only have one X chromosome and the disease is passed on in a recessive manner, the disorder mainly occurs in ... Read More »

Model with Down’s syndrome makes history on New York catwalk

An actress and model with Down’s syndrome has graced the runway at New York Fashion Week for the first time in history. Jamie Brewer, 30, wore a black A-line Carrie Hammer dress for the groundbreaking moment, in a nod to her her ‘dark and bewitching’ role in TV show American Horror Story. Ms Brewer was chosen for the show by ... Read More »

Mother of six ‘can be sterilised’ – court ruling

A mother of six with an IQ of 70 should be sterilised for her own safety, the Court of Protection has ruled. The Court heard that a further pregnancy would be a “significantly life-threatening event” for both the mother and child. Mr Justice Cobb said the woman had the “same human rights” as everyone else and this was not a ... Read More »

Government ‘failing’ on community care pledge

Ministers have failed to honour a pledge to move patients with learning difficulties out of hospitals and into community care, the National Audit Office (NAO) says. There were still 2,600 such inpatients in mental health hospitals in England in September 2014, the NAO said. A commitment to move patients was made in the wake of the Winterbourne View abuse scandal. ... Read More »

Disability Matters website launch

Contact a Family is involved in the launch of a new website designed to help UK employers promote disability awareness in the workplace. Disability Matters is set up by a consortium of experts, led by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and including Contact a Family, and is funded by the Department of Health. The website will ... Read More »