Court orders HM Courts and Tribunals Service to pay for independent advocates

There has been an important and welcome judgement recently from the High Court that deemed that two parents with a learning disability are legally entitled to funded independent advocacy. Parents with a learning disability The case involves two young parents with a learning disability. Their local authority issued care proceedings. Two psychologists recommended advocates be … Continued

Holocaust Memorial Day: easy to read and accessible resources

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, an opportunity to reflect, learn, and remember all who were persecuted and killed during The Holocaust, under Nazi persecution, and in subsequent genocides. 27 January 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration and extermination camp where 1.1 million people were killed during the Holocaust. … Continued

Book Review: ‘Crippled: Austerity and the Demonization of Disabled People’ by Frances Ryan

In her new book, journalist, broadcaster and campaigner Frances Ryan gives a damning insight into the state’s callous treatment of disabled people under austerity. Grace Krause, policy officer for Learning Disability Wales, applauds Frances Ryan’s passionate defence of every person’s right to live a dignified life, whilst exposing the extent of suffering that has been … Continued

Helping families of disabled children access public services – toolkit and workshops

Parents often struggle to get the right support for their disabled children. To help with this, Cerebra have developed an accessing public services toolkit to support disabled people, families and carers who are encountering difficulties with statutory agencies. Derek Tilley from Cerebra explains how the toolkit can “help unpick commonly experienced problems and to offer … Continued

Why climate change is a disability issue

Earlier this year the Welsh Government declared a climate emergency in Wales, a move supported by Learning Disability Wales. Ahead of this week’s Global Climate Strike, Grace Krause, policy officer for Learning Disability Wales, raises a major concern that goes largely unspoken in conversations around climate change – how the crisis is expected to have … Continued

Everyone needs love

Following on from today’s BBC Breakfast news piece on the right to relationships for people with a learning disability, Grace Krause, Policy Officer at Learning Disability Wales explores why it is hard for people to have relationships. Grace details the work we are doing in Learning Disability Wales and calls for more training of support … Continued

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