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Our editorial policy:

Promote equality of citizenship
Promote the inclusion of people with learning disabilities in every aspect of society
To provide readers with essential information in accessible language
Encourage people to express themselves in the magazine
Challenge laws, regulation and traditional ideas which hamper people from achieving their aspirations
Publicise examples of radical ideas being put into practice


The evidence from people’s lives is that we should ensure there is NOT a world without Down’s syndrome–and-its-wrong Sally Phillips decided to write about the scandal of pregnant women being pressurised into tests for terminations solely because they might have a child with Down’s syndrome to share the information about what a joy it can be and what children can achieve in fact. It exposes the ignorance in the Health Service too […]

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New clinical trial of early help to families with pre-school children with learning disabilities presenting challenges Great initiative between Contact a Family and UCL launching a national clinical trial aiming to reduce behaviour that challenges in very young children with learning disabilities. Preventive work should start really early and recognises the challenges for any parent who need skilled support. More help like this should help prevent the inevitable “disposals” we’re […]

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What happens to my son when I die?

Listen to Mark Neary’s interview – he talks about many of the fears many parents feel and families who’ve struggled to get their family member a life using Direct Payments Do we need a campaign to secure their long-term future and ensure their lives are not further disrupted when this happens?

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New website in transit – the digital summer issue will be posted shortly

Subscribers don’t despair our new website will be ready shortly. If you don’t subscribe but want to consider it, this is a readable magazine about learning disabilities. Check out the Spring issue’s home page open articles below  and see the others on the Current issue page. Subs. start at £30 pa with £23pa concessions for […]

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Last call for Fionnathan’s Abundance Project’s London event – talk, films and music 25th July FREE

Community Living magazine is delighted to co-host Fionnathan’s London event The Abundance Project – Radical Inclusion, the Power of Families and Dreaming Bigger Tuesday 25 July 2017 7:00 – 9:00pm Temple Lodge, 51 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, London W6 9QL Fionn and Jonathan, a son/father team from the West of Ireland, will share an incredible […]

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Disappearing in plain sight? The strange death of learning disability identity

Simon Jarrett writes: In the summer 2016 issue of Community Living (29:4) Seán Kelly wrote about the increasing difficulties he is facing as a photographer working at events involving people with learning disabilities (Should staff discourage people from having their photos taken?). Staff were finding numerous pretexts, mostly under the general cover of ‘confidentiality’ or […]

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Fighting hate crime – are you ’with Sam‘?

The national learning disability charity Dimensions is spearheading a campaign – I’m with Sam – to fight back against learning disability and autism hate crime. Thirteen organisations have joined them so far and there has already been some success in working with the Crown Prosecution Service to react more robustly to these crimes. Simon Jarrett […]

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Lives – not services

In a tough environment of budget reductions, workforce problems and provider struggles, Rose Trustam reports from three conferences focusing on the positive:  community development, real achievement and evidencing  what works. (NB Full conference reports available to subscribers on the website home page) Commissioners conference ( Margaret Willcox (President elect of ADAAS) stressed the need to […]

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‘Supported living – a service or a life?’ Learning Disability England’s first conference 2016

Learning Disability England (LDE)’s first conference since they joined up with H&SA showed the resilience of its members in its determination to continue to speak out on behalf of people with learning disabilities. Rosemary Trustam was invited to report. The new organisation is offering membership at £12 a year for individuals and £25 for self-advocacy […]

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‘Transforming health and social care’ – Adults Commissioning conference 2016

Rosemary Trustam attended the annual conference of the national commissioners entitled ‘Transforming health and social care so that we all stand together’. The National Commissioning and Contracting Training Conference (NCCTC) – Adult Services – focused on how health and social care could work together to achieve savings and improve outcomes. The message from Margaret Willcox, […]

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Is there any point to commissioning?

Mike Webster poses this question and comes to the conclusion that, yes, there is a point to commissioning when it is a creative force that gets the best out of people and organisations.
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Social care law/Care Act

 Do these councils’ policies ensure wellbeing?

Two councils are planning to cap own home care costs at the equivalent value of those for a care home. Does that fit with the Care Act framework and the principle of wellbeing enshrined in it? Belinda Schwehr has reservations.

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