Features

Have your say on our selection of featured Viewpoint articles.

Blooming marvellous

In May, a group of gardeners with a learning disability charmed judges at the Chelsea Flower Show to win a gold medal, while raising awareness of the impact of cuts to services

Managing money

For many people with a learning disability, the prospect of opening a bank account and managing a budget is daunting. But the banking system is becoming a more welcoming place

The Mansell effect

Professor Jim Mansell, who dedicated his lifetime to improving the lives of people with a learning disability, died in March, after losing his battle with cancer

Quietly confident

He has profound and multiple learning disabilities and can’t communicate verbally, but Christian Raphael is building a successful career as a lecturer and trainer

Breaking bad news

Dealing with death and bereavement is a struggle for everyone, but it can be even harder for people with a learning disability.

Welfare reform

The Welfare Reform Act 2012 contains changes to benefits that will affect many people with a learning disability

Finding a long-lost relative

After a chance discovery in a box of old letters, Jo Faulkner got in touch with a relative with a learning disability who had been hidden away since childhood

Focusing on education in Europe

Self-advocate James Martin recently represented Northern Ireland at a European Parliament hearing on inclusive education

Accessible transport

Accessible transport is vital for people with a learning disability to live independently. Getting out and about can be difficult, but there are examples of good practice

Museum of learning disability

The first museum of learning disability has opened in the grounds of a former learning disability hospital

Older voices

Mencap Cymru’s Older Voices project is helping older people with a learning disability to fight for their rights.

Technology

Using technology to support people with a learning disability has traditionally involved expensive pieces of specialist equipment. But advances in consumer technology are changing that.

Holiday childcare

A new report has revealed that many disabled children are denied access to childcare over the summer holidays.

Inspire Me

The Inspire Me project is helping young people with a learning disability through the difficult transition to adulthood.