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Sex education: young people with learning disabilities are being left out

To mark sexual health week, Emma Sterland highlights the importance of delivering positive sex and relationship education<p>Talking to children about sex is a discussion most parents find difficult. Tricky at the best of times, embarrassing and disastrous at the worst. But when your child has learning …

MPs say ‘No Go Britain’ must end for disabled people

For followers of <b>No Go Britain,</b> it will not come as a surprise. But perhaps this time it will make more of a difference.<p>In a new, wide-ranging report, …

Disability

Let's help disabled people fulfil their potential

If there's one thing that we progressives believe in more than anything else, it's the power of people. That's why at the core of us there's so much passion and determination to unlock people's potential, potential that's wasted by the right's politics of "you're on your own". And it's potential …

Labour to create new offence of disability hate crime

Labour will legislate to introduce a specific criminal charge of disability hate crime amid growing evidence that victims are being let down.<p>Liam Byrne, the shadow work and pensions secretary, will announce the policy at his party's conference on Sunday.<p>He will also reveal that he intends to sack …

We must not alienate mums who juggle work with raising a disabled child

As a young mother of a son with autism, pursuing a career in PR was never going to be easy. When my son was three, his social worker told me I wouldn't be able to have a career at all. I was 21 and, having just completed a degree, that was devastating to hear. But it made me determined to prove …

Comment of the week: on disabled people and government policy

In this series Comment is free writers and editors want to highlight some of the best comments on the site. Each week, either an editor or the author of a recent piece will pick a comment that they think contributes to the debate. Hopefully it will give staff and readers an opportunity to see how …

Development goals for disabled people

In 2000, when 189 world leaders signed up to the millennium development goals, there was one omission no one appeared to notice: the one billion people across the world with disabilities. As the official UN process gets underway to establish the post-2015 global development agenda to end extreme …

Minister looking at making it harder for sick and disabled to claim benefits

Iain Duncan Smith is examining how to make it harder for sick and disabled people to claim benefits, according to leaked documents from the Department of Work and Pensions.<p>The documents show civil servants advised the work and pensions secretary that he would not legally be able to introduce …

The Tory vilification of disabled people is truly sick

George Osborne's workfare policy threatens to lump all claimants together, just as Iain Duncan Smith's universal credit takes the same broad brush to those in need of benefits. Of the 200,000 people who are long-term unemployed, how many sick and disabled people will be forced to undertake …

Bedroom tax breached human rights of disabled woman, judge rules

A tribunal judge in Glasgow has ruled that housing benefit officials breached the human rights of a severely disabled woman after docking her benefits under the bedroom tax.<p>Judge Lyndy Boyd said that the unnamed woman, who has multiple sclerosis, and her husband were legally entitled to a bedroom …

My life as a disabled student

Starting university is a time filled with excitement, buzz and freebies but there are always problems to be dealt with too. Many students will have to adjust to life away from home, combat freshers flu, struggle with changing timetables and find their books at a price that doesn't break the bank. …

Is Disney Dissing the Disabled to Solve Its Cheating Problem?

Experiencing Disney's (DIS) theme parks in this country is going to change for guests with disabilities next week, and they're probably not going to …

Actors With Disabilities In Big Roles? 'We Don't Have A Chance'

If you watched <i>Ironside</i> this week on NBC, you probably noticed the differences between the new detective show and the original that preceded it. The first show ran from 1967-1975 and starred Raymond Burr, best known for his starring role as lawyer Perry Mason in the '50s and '60s. The current show — …

Head to head – Disability protest: the right to an independent life

THE PROTESTERS<p>As part of our recent week of action, about 30 disabled supporters from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and the Alliance for Inclusive Education (Allfie) picketed disability charity Scope's offices to protest against its continuing policies to segregate and institutionalise …

Work Programme is failing disabled people, says government adviser

Ministers should rethink the expensive support given to disabled people to find paid work as flagship employment schemes are failing the most vulnerable in society, according to a government adviser on disability.<p>Liz Sayce, the head of Disability Rights UK, says schemes such as the Work Programme, …

The Reality in Disability | The Takeaway | WNYC

The disabled are a convenient metaphor for the movies and storytellers, often portrayed as little puddles of misery and misfortune, or as childlike …

Disability

Involving Volunteers with Learning Disabilities - A Practical Approach

<b>Would you like to diversify your volunteer base? Bring in new ideas and skills? Increase the number of supporters, advocates and fundraisers</b> …

Further education: learning difficulties and disabilities reforms

One year to go for further education colleges and approved independent specialist providers to prepare for changes in the Children and Families …

Disability

Put people with learning difficulties at the core of society

Another day, another outbreak of hand-wringing over how to protect vulnerable people from abuse in so-called care homes. Yesterday, it was the government's turn, saying regulation of residential institutions was inadequate and launching yet another consultation. A few days earlier, the official …

Woman with learning difficulties can decide own pregnancy fate, court rules

A young woman with learning difficulties who faced the prospect of a court deciding if her pregnancy should be terminated has the capacity to decide herself, the high court has ruled.<p>The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has sickle cell disease which has already caused her to have a …

Tenants with learning difficulties face prejudice and lack of suitable housing

A lack of social and specialist housing coupled with prejudice and misconceptions is preventing people with learning disabilities living independently – and the situation is worsening.<p>Many people with learning disabilities want to live independently and could do so with the right support, yet they …

Court sanctions sterilisation of man with learning difficulties

A high court judge has for the first time sanctioned the sterilisation of a man with learning difficulties, ruling that he could suffer psychological harm if he had another child. The man, known as DE, already has a child with his girlfriend.<p>Mrs Justice Eleanor King ruled at the court of protection …

A chance for people with learning disabilities to lead more active social lives

Gig Buddies, an innovative Sussex project, is giving people with learning disabilities the chance to go to music gigs in the evenings. Rather than miss out on music – either completely because of lack of a support worker, or partially because that support finishes early – people with learning …

Older gay people still experience prejudice from care staff

When same-sex marriage became law in July this year it was a victory for gay rights and another step towards complete equality. But for a whole section of the LGBT community, it seems there is still some way to go.<p>A BBC report on the worrying issue of homophobia in the UK's care homes claimed that …

We do not have enough high-quality housing for older people

With our growing older population, we need to create accessible homes and supportive communities<p>Good quality housing is vital to people's wellbeing, no matter what their age. But, with a growing older population, ensuring the right housing is available is more important than ever.<p>And yet, when we …

Healthcare Professionals Network | The Guardian

Healthcare professionals network<p>Outsourcing primary care support was meant to make things better. But Capita waded in unprepared – and caused chaos<p>World Hypertension Day is on 17 May. Global health physician-photographer Alexander Kumar shares images featuring an innovative approach to help fight …

Mental Health

Silver Sunday proved not everyone sees older people as useless, costly dross

But if only the media would let us speak for ourselves instead of relying on a charter that tells us what to do<p>You may not have noticed, but 6 October was Silver Sunday, "a celebration of older residents and their contribution to communities". Lovely. At least some people realise we are not all …

Care budget cuts by councils put older people's rights at risk, says report

Equality and Human Rights Commission says budgets cut so much they do not cover the cost of delivering care for elderly<p>The human rights of older people are being put at risk because local authorities are trimming budgets so far that they cannot afford to cover the actual cost of delivering care, …

OECD report: public services should be more intelligible to less literate people

Deliver pizzas not priorities. The UK's dismal literacy ranking should kickstart government into using clearer language<p>The OECD's latest findings on adult skills – which place the UK near the bottom of a global league table of young adult education – have been challenged on methodological grounds. …

I was sold by Mum and Dad to make images of child abuse

Aged four, Raven Kaliana's parents took her to a film studio where she was sexually abused in front of cameras. For most of her childhood they regularly trafficked her to the sex industry. Now she campaigns against child abuse<p>One of Raven Kaliana's earliest memories is being taken to a family …