Autism

Let’s make this a General Election for everybody

Let’s make this a General Election for everybody At Community Living it is not for us to take sides in the forthcoming general election, but with all parties we intend to ensure that people with learning disabilities are on the political agenda.…

Love Trumps Hate

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures – Frank sees Donald Trump’s election bring about an unlikely alliance between wife and neighbour Henry “If my old Dad, gentleman that he was, were still alive today, he would turn in his grave,” said neighbour Henry, scrambling his idioms.…

CASCAIDr – opening the floodgates to restore the rule of law in public services

Our legal correspondent Belinda Schwehr unveils the new charity she is establishing – an idea whose time has definitely come. Community Living’s editor has generously allowed me to use my normal space to publicise my latest venture – a new charity providing legal advice to people stuck in wrangles over social care with their local council or health service Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).…

Is supported housing at risk?

Matthew Eddisford reports on looming threats to the future of supported housing. Late last year the Government launched its consultation on the future funding of supported housing. Prior to the launch, housing associations were crying out for clarity on these funding arrangements to enable them to plan for the future with some certainty and address unmet demand for supported housing.…

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?).…

Grief – the price of love

David O’Driscoll reflects on how we can help people with learning disabilities cope with bereavement. There have been enormous changes for people with learning disabilities since one of the country’s first asylums opened in Abbots Langley near Watford, Hertfordshire in 1870.…

Herman Gross – artist inspired by children with learning disabilities

Robin Jackson tells the extraordinary story of Hermann Gross, a German Expressionist artist who lived amongst a community of children with learning disabilities and was inspired by them to paint on themes of social renewal, interdependence and the meaning of vulnerability.…

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.…

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 (www.ncctc.co.uk) Margaret Willcox (President elect of ADAAS) stressed the need to ‘really put the individual at the centre of working out their needs and controlling their care, with a system of care and support designed with their full involvement and tailored to meet their unique needs.…

‘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 groups in its drive to swell its learning disability voice which is much needed given the planned withdrawal of funding for the National Forums and threatened loss of funding of local self advocacy groups.…

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