Tag Archives: Down’s syndrome

Kirklees disability care changes that no-one knew about –

axe falls without users and carers being consulted 

  • by Joanne Douglas, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
  • Jun 1 2012


A FATHER has questioned Kirklees Council’s silence over a decision to axe funding for Mencap as a day care provider for people with disabilities.

David Mills Daniel says he and wife Jenny were not consulted before Kirklees Council transferred responsibility for the care of his son from Mencap to a new provider.

And he says it will cause unnecessary disruption for those who depend of the service – the people with disabilities themselves and their carers.

His son Edmund, 33, has Down’s Syndrome and severe learning difficulties. He has attended the Waverley Hall centre, Waverley Road, for five years.

Nurses will be given the chance to learn about Learning Disabilities

Rotation scheme boosts learning disability nurse recruitment

9 March, 2012 | By The Press Association

Newly-qualified nurses have been given the chance to specialise in learning disabilities as part of a new ‘rotation’ scheme in Hertfordshire.

The initiative has been introduced by Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust (HPFT) to tackle a shortage of Learning Disability Nurses (LDNs).

Through links with local higher education institutes, the scheme allows nurses to experience a number of different specialist areas in their first year of employment, before deciding to focus on just one.

Disability documentaries to be aired on BBC One and Radio 5 live

BBC announces new disability season

The BBC has announced a new season of disability documentaries to be aired on BBC One and Radio 5 live.

The documentaries will tackle the reality of disability in the 21st century, telling the stories of disabled people and their families as they tackle new stages and phases in their lives.

In Racing With the Hamiltons: Nic in the Driving Seat (6 March), BBC One follows Lewis Hamilton’s younger borther Nic (born with cerebral palsy) in his first season as a racing driver. Rosa Monckton she speaks to parents facing the challenge of enabling their learning disabled children to live independently in Letting Go (13 March).

On 20 March, EastEnders actress Rita Simons (Roxy Mitchell) takes to the screen to talk about the debate over making the best decision for her profoundly deaf six-year-old daughter in My Daughter, Deafness and Me.