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17 June 2013
So it finally happened. Something I have dreaded for a few years now. The sun set (rather magnificently I might add) on the decade of my 30’s and (thankfully) rose again the following morning on the start of my 40s.
13 June 2013
Gus Garside, National arts development manager at Mencap, talks about some excellent things happening around the country that show how dynamic the world of learning disability arts has become...
12 June 2013
It was back in November that I was first contacted by the Tedx King's College London Team with regards to doing a talk at their Beyond The Genes event. I remember it well. I was in the throes (well, throws) of full on morning sickness and feeling dog tired and awful. But the conversation sparked a huge excitement in me and I had absolutely no hesitation in committing 100%.
30 May 2013
It is true, at least it was for me, that you grow up quickly when you have to care for another. I was, quite simply, never going to need the same support as my brother despite being his younger sister, the youngest of three. I was born into a family still reeling from the diagnosis of the youngest of the twin boys that came before me. Autism, was a word added to my vocabulary almost as soon as I could talk - it is a word that was used so many times to reason with my juvenile mind. ‘He cant help it, it’s his autism’ I would say as I fought back tears each time Ben’s behaviour became challenging, ‘it’s not his fault’.
28 May 2013
Mencap campaigns assistants Ciara, Josie, Leroy, and publications assistant Youssef, talk about their views on love, relationships and sex.
23 May 2013
My name is Youssef Abidat and I have a learning disability, together with many disability related needs. I was very sad to hear about Tina Papalabropoulos’ avoidable death ...
23 May 2013
Johny Brown, a coordinator from Mencap’s Islington Social Inclusion Service (ISIS) introduces us to the Islington Garden Project which was started in June 2012
21 May 2013
My boys squabble just the same as any siblings, usually over Woody and Woody's hat - even though they have one each. Recently I have noticed something really magical between them. On a few occasions I have not been able to fully decipher what Seb is saying and Dominic has acted as his translator, almost getting frustrated at me for not knowing. In return, Seb picks Dominic up on his manners if he forgets to say please or thank you.
20 May 2013
Christine’s daughter Tina Papalabropoulos was 23 years old and lived at home with her parents and her sister. She died on 30 January 2009 at Basildon Hospital. A report published by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (Tuesday 21 May) found that Basildon Hospital did not give her the treatment she needed or even meet her basic care needs. She suffered several seizures in hospital and went four days without food.