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Learning Disability

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 »

Mother-of-six with learning disabilities could be sterilised after authorities ask court for permission to force entry into her home

A mother-of-six with learning disabilities could be sterilised after health authority and social services bosses asked a judge for permission to force entry into her home, restrain her and take her to hospital. The woman, who is in her 30s, has had her children removed from her care and authorities say she has physical health problems which could put her ... Read More »

4 Talent Production Training Scheme- Rio 2016

At the 2012 London Paralympics, 50% of Channel 4’s on-screen team were disabled. That included three anchor presenters and many reporters. For Rio 2016 we are planning another revolution – this time behind the camera. Channel 4 is committed to promoting equal opportunities. In order to promote diversity in the media industry, and to address the under-representation of disabled people ... Read More »


The inaugural Alf Morris Lecture will be delivered by renowned journalist, historian, writer and social commentator, Sir Harold Evans. Taking as its theme the issue of securing an independent and dignified future for our ageing population, the lecture covers one of the key debates in May’s General Election. Sir Harold is no stranger to controversy. His distinguished career includes a 14 year ... Read More »

Charities aim to get learning-disabled children playing

Parents of disabled children say finding fun things for them to do is a full-time job. Could a new TripAdvisor-style site solve this? “We went as a family to a water park which has a warning hooter which goes off to let you know the wave machine is about to start,” says Alexa Wilson. It wouldn’t cause problems for most ... Read More »

Cash boost to tackle rise in crime against disabled people welcomed

A disabled man who has endured cruel taunts and being pushed over in the street today welcomed a £386,000 boost to tackle hate crime against disabled people in Lancashire. Peter Titterington, 62, who grew up in Deepdale, Preston, spoke as police figures show a year on year increase of around 40 per cent in reports of crimes targeting disabled people ... Read More »

Legoland row: Nearly 2,500 sign petition calling for attraction to allow entry to disabled adults and carers

Nearly 2,500 people have signed a petition in just 24 hours calling on Legoland to allow entry to adults with learning disabilities. Elaine Lewis, mum to 20-year-old Anthony who has rare Williams Syndrome leaving him with a mental age of six, started the campaign after he was turned away from Manchester’s Trafford Centre attraction with his carer. Staff cited their ... Read More »

Hugh Grant appears alongside actors with learning disabilities in The Drama Group

The Baked Bean Theatre Company –The Drama Group is a play based upon the book of the same name co-written by by Nigel Hollins and Hugh Grant, published by  Baroness Sheila Hollins’ Books Beyond Words series. The Baked Bean Theatre Company is comprised of actors who all have a learning disability.  Hugh Grant is set to make a special appearance ... Read More »

New genetic clues found in common cause of inherited intellectual disability

Washington, Jan 18 (ANI): New genetic clues have been found in fragile X syndrome, which is the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability and seizures, by studying the case of a person. In patients with fragile X, a key gene is completely disabled, eliminating a protein that regulates electrical signals in the brain and causing a host of behavioral, ... Read More »

Tower Hamlets disability work scheme extended

Tower Hamlets Council will provide a further 10 people with work experience from next month, The Learning Disability Work Placement Scheme has supported disabled people across a range of departments. One service user with learning disabilities, who the council referred to only as BD on account of his or her vulnerability, has been working at Toby Lane contract services, helping ... Read More »