learning disability

‘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.…

Quality checking empowers both people and staff

Choice Support carried out research to find out how quality checking might help individuals and whether it made a difference to their support provision. Thomas Doukas reports. STUDY TITLE: THE IMPACT OF QUALITY CHECKING ON THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES Aims: The question we asked is how is Quality Checking different from professional-led approaches and how can such tools empower individuals?…

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.…

Nothing much happened… and that’s very exciting

TV programmes reviewed by Simon Jarrett   The Missing  BBC 1 Series 2                  Pointless BBC 1            Series 16, episodes 13 & 14 The events of the BBC’s excellent second series of The Missing centre on a British army base in Germany.…

A smart look at that nagging ‘Who’s human?’ question

Theatre review by Simon Jarrett Princess of the Graveyard Palace   Ellen Goodey and Annie Smol (co-directors)  Ellen Goodey and Chris Goodey (co-writers)              Stratford Circus Arts Centre In theatre, there is nothing worse than a play that simply reaffirms its audience’s expectations and beliefs: and similarly there is nothing better than when a play, like this one, chips away at everything you think is true.…

Film that breaks new ground

Simon Jarrett praises a keenly observed film seen entirely from the point of view of its main character My Feral Heart  Director: Jane Gull   Writer: Duncan Paveling A young man with Down’s syndrome looks after his ailing, elderly mother. The two of them live alone.…

The rules are more complex but a child may still qualify for DLA

Charlie Callanan  explains how claims for disability living allowance (DLA) can still  be made for children with a learning disability aged under 16 years. A child can qualify for the DLA care component either because of their need for attention with bodily functions (eg.…

“Simple Simon – a natural, a silly fellow”

Simon Jarrett unearths the history of his namesake Simple Simon, a man who was always laughed at but somehow always remained in his community. In the very first issue of Community Living, in April 1987, our fabled first editor David Brandon wrote a great article entitled Simple Simon’s sad message – the cruel humour of kids’ comics.…

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