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17 February 2014
Colin Young is a 27 year old actor with cerebral palsy. He also sits on the Scottish Committee for Equality and Human Rights Commission, is Senior Policy Officer for the Health and Social Care Alliance in Scotland, and is working part-time on his PhD on the effects of therapeutic intervention on the identity of children with cerebral palsy.
17 February 2014
Ismail discusses the government's proposals for helping people with a learning disability gain access to employment, what needs to change, and his own experiences receiving workplace support.
12 February 2014
Leroy has had diabetes for 10 years. In his blog he writes about how he has helped raise money and awareness for Diabetes UK, and how he has found out more about living with the condition.
20 December 2013
In Ismail Kaji's blog he shows the reply the Mayor of London Boris Johnson gave to his letter from last month. Ismail's letter responded to Boris' comments in a speech where he said the “16% of our species who have an IQ below 85” is “relevant to a conversation about equality”.
13 December 2013
Claire has been attending Mencap's short breaks service at Eastfields for around 10 months. In her blog she talks about how it has helped her build her skills in independence and confidence, as well as manage her epilepsy. Claire says Eastfields has helped her "live the life I want to lead."
26 September 2013
We asked some Mencap employees with a learning disability some questions about their experiences of healthcare. This is what they had to say...
2 July 2013
My name is Debbie Minshull and I currently live in a house in Southport with Mencap's supported living service. I live with one other lady and have been here for the past ten years.
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 ...
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.