inclusion

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?).…

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.…

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.…

BASE (British Association of Supported Employment)’s 11th conference November 2016

Work, health and disability: improving lives The Department of Work & Pensions’ Green Paper was the main topic of the discussion at BASE (British Association of Supported Employment)’s 11th conference attended by Rosemary Trustam. The conference reflected BASE’s unwavering passionate and committed championing of supported employment.…

How to help people make real connections with their community

People without verbal language can be helped to engage with the world through their senses. Jo Grace describes how this can be put into practice. People who experience the world in a primarily sensory way are often, but not exclusively, people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), people with later stage dementia who no longer communicate with verbal language or individuals on the autistic spectrum who engage with the world primarily in a sensory way.…

A helpful assortment of disruptions

John O’Brien, who has led the challenge to segregational thinking about learning disability, enjoys the challenges presented by a new book on community care and inclusion.  Community care and inclusion for people with an intellectual disability. By Robin Jackson and Maria Lyons, (Editors)                  Published by Edinburgh: Floris Books, (2016) Unless continually renewed, ideals that motivate social learning – like the movement to replace custodial institutions with settings that offer active support for choice, participation and growth – degenerate into a succession of dead slogans pasted over more of the same impoverishment, exclusion, external control and maltreatment.…

How exclusion affects the health of people with learning disabilities

A project by the Centre for Disability Research at Lancaster University aimed to find out how neighbourhoods and community participation are linked to the health of people with learning disabilities. Chris Hatton and colleagues report on their findings. ————————————————————————————————————————————————– Summary Study title: Perceptions of neighbourhood quality, social and civic partnership and the self-rated health of British adults with intellectual disability: cross sectional study – http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/14/1252 Aims: To examine the relationship between the social connections and community participation of people with learning disabilities and their health.…

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