National training for Employment Tribunal Judges comes to an end2 December 2011,
The Judges are one of the most inquisitive and interested groups of people I have worked with - let’s hope more people follow their lead and take the necessary steps to adapt their services to respond to the needs of all members of society.
The Welfare Reform Bill2 December 2011, Keith Bates
We need to make sure that the right support is available for people to navigate their way towards the world of work and we need to help colleagues in the DWP understand that we are still a long way away.
Rapid Enterprise Development workshop adds energy and fun into learning about business planning14 October 2011, Keith Bates
RED Workshops were developed as a way of supporting people to develop their ideas whilst building the local capacity of employment support for people choosing self employment as their route to work.
An ordinary life - we need your help!7 October 2011,
If you or anyone you know has a child who uses medical technology - such as long-term ventilation or is peg-fed - and have positive stories to tell us, please get in touch.
New pioneering easy read health resources for people with learning disabilities7 September 2011,
New materials will make it easier for doctors and nurses to help their patients with learning disabilities to understand some common health problems.
Raising aspirations of young people with learning disabilities26 August 2011,
Work needs to be explored as a realistic option for school leavers with learning disabilities and one of the best ways to achieve this is for others to act as role models.
Valuing People Now19 August 2011,
There is a lot more that needs to happen to enable people with learning disabilities and their families, with a range of diversity and needs, to engage, feel empowered and receive the services and support they need.
We need commissioners who understand the needs of people with learning disabilities5 August 2011,
The system failings shown up by the latest CQC report are only part of the story: big questions remain about how support is planned and commissioned for people whose behaviour challenges services or have mental health problems in addition to a learning disability.
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.