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The Guessing Game When Your Child Is Non-Verbal

By Laura Rutherford Mother. Blogger. Campaigner The realisation of how valuable speech is has been brought home to me in a new way recently as our nearly two year old daughter, Sydney, is a complete chatterbox. “Drink“ she proclaims. “Sore“ she says when she hurts herself. And then I hear her trying to sing along to things in the back ... Read More »

Groundbreaking show for PMLD audiences on tour

Multi-sensory, immersive theatre show for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities to undertake mammoth 59 date UK tour, January – May 2017 Frozen Light theatre company are taking Home, their latest bold and exciting production, devised specifically for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) on an extensive tour of England, Scotland and Wales. This is the most ... Read More »

One in three parents of a child with a learning disability is in a distressed relationship

Charities Relate, Relationships Scotland and Mencap call for increased support for families Parents who have a child with a learning disability are facing unnecessary pressures on their relationships. This is according to a new report, which finds that one in three of these parents is in a relationship which would be described in the counselling room as ‘distressed’ (compared to ... Read More »

SmART: Artists with a learning disability celebrate exhibition opening at Williamson Art Gallery

The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum in Claughton, Birkenhead, is now showing ‘SmART, a learning disability collaboration Project’, which boasts beautiful and thoughtful art from over 25 artists with a learning disability from across the borough. Four participating organisations; Wirral Evolutions, Royal Mencap Society, Autism Together and Wirral Mencap’s Crossbow Club set up the exhibition to give the artistic talents ... Read More »

Dr Stirlingshire’s Discovery

A Stellar line up at the RZSS Edinburgh Zoo in 2017           The world premiere, Dr Stirlingshire’s Discovery, is a captivating and enthralling family show, presented by Grid Iron, Lung Ha Theatre Company, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and the Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, and opens at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo on Saturday 1 April and plays until Sunday 9 April, 2017. Written by Morna ... Read More »

Arctic Piranha offers a safe haven for learning disabled clubbers

A new report has been released by a leading charity which shows that 1 in 4 disabled people have been discriminated against in mainstream clubs and at music gigs, but ARC’s regular Arctic Piranha club nights are already going some way in combating feelings of isolation and harassment for learning disabled adults in the Tees Valley. The national report, which ... Read More »

Mencap responds to announcement by DWP’s ‘war on inaccessibility’

Today (21 December) the Department of Work and Pensions has announced plans to recruit disability champions in to key sectors of businesses, such as retail, hospitality and sport, to improve accessibility for disabled people in the UK. Accessibility is a huge issue for people with a learning disability who can struggle to understand information when out in public. Despite rulings ... Read More »

Charity receives major funding to help people into work

£156,000 awarded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund The statistics speak for themselves – around 6 per cent of people with a learning disability are in paid employment, despite more than 60 per cent wanting and being able to be in work. Those figures come from Mencap, looking at the picture across the UK. Across Warwickshire and ... Read More »

Audio drama by ‘Life You Choose’ shortlisted in the Audio Verse Awards 2016

The arts and multimedia group for adults with learning difficulties could receive an award for their supernatural thriller ‘Who’s Johnny Long Arms’ in the international competition. Life You Choose Community Interest Company is a not for profit organisation, providing support to adults with learning difficulties so they are able to participate in Arts and Multimedia based projects aimed at improving quality of life. The Audio Verse ... Read More »

Forestry Commission Scotland and Light Bulb Arts create a big book of ideas

Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) and social enterprise company Light Bulb Arts are encouraging teachers and outdoor educators to be more adventurous in the woodlands with the launch of a new woodland activity book for children with autism and severe and complex learning difficulties. FCS and Light Bulb Arts which delivers a range of art classes in Edinburgh, based on sound ... Read More »

Axcis Education continues sponsorship of the National Autistic Society

Axcis Education, the UK leader in special education needs recruitment, has today announced its continued partnership with The National Autistic Society for a further two years, as well as continued exclusive sponsorship of Network Autism. The network is the charity’s vital online service created to bring autism professionals together across over 12 professional sectors and from 90 countries. Part of ... Read More »

Twins’ different journeys end up bringing them back together

A set of twins who have had very different lives have been brought back closely together – thanks to an Essex social care provider. Although the lives of Pav Hughes and her brother, Jags Kalsi, are worlds apart, they both have one thing in common – Outlook Care. Outlook Care provides support and care to people with a learning disability, ... Read More »