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The Dec/Jan issue is out now!

The December/January 2016 issue of PosAbility magazine has now landed. Take a look inside the issue by reading below. . . Subscribe to read Strength in Numbers: Mik Scarlet considers the power disable people could harness by coming together as one. Purple Pound: Same Renke shares some inaccessible shopping stores. Christmas Scrapbook: We bring you tips and advice for surviving ... Read More »

Down’s Syndrome model hits New York Fashion Week

 ASPIRING Brisbane model Madeline Stuart is en route to live her dream — on the New York catwalk for one of fashion’s biggest events. The 18-year-old is on her way to model in a show for FTL Moda at New York Fashion Week on Sunday but the big break is a bigger deal for her than the models strutting beside ... Read More »

Identical twins with Down’s syndrome start school school

Isobel and Abigail Parry are identical twin sisters who have Down’s syndrome. There parents never thought it would be a possibility for them to attend a mainstream school but yesterday they reached that milestone. Parents, Matt and Jodi Parry, admit that they didn’t understand Down’s syndrome when the twins were first diagnosed but now dedicate their time to busting myths ... 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 »

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 »

Standing ovation for disabled performers’ opening night

Chichester College joined forces with Rolls Royce last Thursday to launch its pioneering educational project to a packed audience at Chichester Festival Theatre. The new performing arts training programme, called Theatre Inc., has been designed to offer education and a supported work placement for young performers who live with a range of learning disabilities. The evening on February 26th included ... Read More »

Viewpoint: ‘Children see a person not a disability’

Caroline White’s son Seb has Down’s syndrome. Here she explains why she wishes more adults would treat him the way children do. If you were asked who or what it was that taught you the greatest lessons in your life your first answer would most likely be a particularly inspiring teacher, your time at university, a year spent travelling, a ... 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 »

‘I am different, that is good’: how an actor with Down’s syndrome is changing perceptions

Sarah Gordy, who appears in Manchester play Crocodiles, breaks new ground by playing a character without a disability. Every actor surely dreams of making history with a role. Sarah Gordyhas done so twice – in little more than a year. Last year the stage and screen professional, who has Down’s syndrome, became Mencap’s first celebrity ambassador with a learning disability; ... Read More »

Celebrity Chef Visits Brainwave For Disability Awareness Week

Michelin Star Chef Aiden Byrne visited Birchwood based Brainwave to raise awareness as part of Disability Awareness Week. Aiden is an avid supporter of the charity, which helps children in the UK with disabilities to achieve greater independence, which can be anything from helping a child walk or learn to ride a bike, recognise colours or even write their name. ... Read More »

The actor with Down’s syndrome tackling Dickens

An actor with Down’s syndrome is to play the title role in BBC Radio 4’s new classic serial, Barnaby Rudge. Although his non-standard speech might be an extra challenge for the listener, the producer feels it shouldn’t happen any other way. Read More »

The top 10 books about disability

Great books take us where we haven’t been, illuminate dark corners and leave our own familiar world subtly changed, as if its axis has been marginally tilted. But despite literature’s fervour to explore the far reaches of human experience, disability is for the most part disregarded, or at best pushed to the margins. Disabled protagonists are few and far between.  Read More »