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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 »

Daring to Care: THE ENDURING LEGACY OF ALF MORRIS THROUGH THE EYES OF SIR HAROLD EVANS

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 »

Hate crimes on disabled up by 213%

The statistics, released by the Crown Prosecution Service, show that 4,000 cases have been brought since 2007 when the offence was introduced. Cases have involved verbal abuse, kicking a guide dog, setting fire to a wheelchair or attacks on cars displaying the blue badge that allows those with mobility problems to park near their destination. The devastating impact of the ... Read More »

Hugh Grant, the unknown actor and an inspirational real-life drama

One is a world-famous Hollywood actor; the other a man with a learning disability. They met by chance and formed a warm, supportive friendship. The film star even turned up unannounced at his friend’s 40th birthday party in a village hall and arranged for him to fly to New York to appear as an extra in one of his movies. ... Read More »

Teen gymnasts with learning difficulties given £2,770 by Crewe car dealer

TWO teenage gymnasts with learning disabilities were given £2,770 from a Mitsubishi dealer in Crewe to help them get to next year’s Special Olympics World Summer Games. Sophie Hughes, 13, of Crewe, and Felicity Martin, 18, of Wistaston, were given the generous donation to help them meet their £5,000 target so they can represent Great Britain in the rhythmic gymnastics category in ... Read More »