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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?).…

End of an era – and start of a new one

Elinor Harbridge is retiring after a remarkable 30 years as founder, publisher and editor of Community Living Magazine, handing the reins to Simon Jarrett. It has had its ups and downs over those years but it has outlived other magazines and, as she told Seán Kelly, perhaps just surviving these days is a success.…

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.…

King Carlos of Spain, the great survivor

Paul Williams describes the remarkable achievements of the young man with learning difficulties who ruled on the throne of Spain for 35 years at the end of the 17th century. Overlapping the reign of Charles II of England (1660 to 1685) there was another Charles II on a European throne.…

Would knowledge of the origins of village communities help us to understand them?

Simon Jarrett looks back on a controversy about village communities that erupted in Community Living 16 years ago and wonders whether a knowledge of history might help in understanding how some unusual ideas come about. In 2000 Jean Collins of Values Into Action (VIA) wrote an article for Community Living that caused quite a stir.…

Book review – A riveting often witty debut novel

Michael Baron, himself the father of an autistic son, reviews this novel about the dramas of a family struggling to cope with a profoundly disabled boy. Shtum, the Yiddish word for silence, infers and contradicts the very articulate North London setting for this riveting, often witty, colloquial and sad, debut novel.…

CHRISTMAS OFFER – Community Living’s Autumn Issue FREE with annual subscription

Subscribe for our winter issue due out January/give it as a Christmas gift, and get our current issue FREE. Email the publisher Rosemary on rosecli@btinternet.com with your details. All subscriptions get a digital access to the archived magazines and  articles.  If you want to give this as a Christmas gift give us contact details – the name, email, and postal address of the person to whom you are sending a Christmas gift and we’ll email them with a festive message with your subscription gift.…

Are today’s attitudes any better than those in the past?

In the last of the series ‘Meet the Historian’ Community Living’s Arts Editor Simon Jarrett explains how a startling discovery in a hospital file set him off on a historical journey. As a young nursing assistant in the 1980s, I began work at a small, all-male ‘mental handicap’ hospital.…

Desirée and her animal friends

Simon Jarrett explores the ‘scientific’ world of the French writer Emile Zola (1840-1902) The Conquest of Plassans (La conquête de Plassans) Emile Zola, 1874 Abbe Mouret’s Transgression (La faute de l’abbé Mouret) Emile Zola, 1875. Emile Zola was a French writer who, at the end of the 19th century, wrote a series of 20 novels tracing the lives of two families, the Rougons and the Macquarts.…

Are today’s attitudes any better than those in the past?

In the last of the series ‘Meet the Historian’ Community Living’s Arts Editor Simon Jarrett explains how a startling discovery in a hospital file set him off on a historical journey. As a young nursing assistant in the 1980s, I began work at a small, all-male ‘mental handicap’ hospital.…

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