Delight as actor with Down's syndrome joins the cast of Eastenders27 July 2011,
We're thrilled that an actor with Down’s syndrome will be cast in a mainstream TV programme as it provides an excellent platform from which to break down negative attitudes towards learning disabilities in the public.
Itâs no ordinary day when you get to meet the Queen!21 July 2011, Keith Bates
I was lucky enough to have been a winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion for my work to improve employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities.
Our reaction to the the Fairer Care Funding report by Andrew Dilnot4 July 2011,
Today the Commission on Funding of Care and Support, chaired by Andrew Dilnot, publishes its final report, Fairer Care Funding. I was amongst those consulted by the commission.
Learning Disability Week20 June 2011, Hanifa Islam
This week we are celebrating Learning Disability Week, a week which provides charities and care organisations with an opportunity to raise awareness of the important issues that impact on the lives of people with learning disabilities.
Philip Davies MP's comments on employment rights17 June 2011,
Mr Davies’ suggestion that the discrimination and lack of understanding faced by people with learning disabilities in the workplace means that they should work for less than is deemed acceptable for everyone else displays a breathtaking ignorance and is deeply offensive.
More work is needed to ensure the ESA assessment process doesnât cause unnecessary stress or anxiety7 April 2011, Keith Bates
We must ensure that the assessments themselves are fair, thorough and carried out by health professionals who have an in-depth understanding of the nature of learning disability.
Latest research report explores public attitudes to disabled people28 February 2011,
Even though attitudes toward disabled people have improved on the whole, prejudice is still a worrying issue especially towards people with learning disabilities or mental health problems.
A quick guide to self employment1 September 2010
This publication is part of the In Business Easy Business Planning series and gives basic information about what you might need to set up a business or be self employed. A list of organisations who may be able to provide help and advice is also included.
In Business flyer1 November 2009
There are an estimated 800,000 adults with learning disabilities of working age, of which only 11% have a paid job, often a part time one. Despite this, many people express an interest in exploring work opportunities. One less frequently explored option is that of self employment.
In Business: Need 2 Know1 November 2009
A briefing note for policy makers, commissioners and services from the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities supporting the development of self employment and small business opportunities for people with learning disabilities.