Tag Archives: Learning difficulties

Why are the lives of disabled people “valued less” than those of others?

Doctors put lower value on lives of the disabled, study finds
NHS doctors are more likely to allow patients to die if they suffer from a mental disability, a damning Government-backed report suggests.
Lives of disabled ‘valued less’ in NHS, claim
By John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor

In some cases doctors may even be making orders not to resuscitate “because” patients have learning difficulties, the three-year study concludes.

In other cases, it found evidence of doctors making more “rapid” and “premature” life-and-death decisions in cases involving the disabled than other people.

People with special needs are also less likely to be diagnosed quickly with conditions such as cancer and “all aspects” of medical care were “significantly” worse for them than for the wider population, it concluded.

A special kitchen for adults and children with learning difficulties

Charity kitchen to boost work skills is opened

North Norfolk M.P Norman Lamb at the official opening of the new kitchens at About With Friends' Cromer base. Dean Steele - Smith with his support worker Vanessa Barber.Photo: Steve Adams  Dean Steele – Smith with his support worker Vanessa Barber.Photo: Steve Adams

By sophie wyllie
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
12:00 PM

Children and adults with learning disabilities will be able to learn work skills after a storeroom was transformed into a kitchen.

The new space for the About With Friends charity, based on Holt Road, Cromer, was officially opened by North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb.

About With Friends was started 11 years ago by Helen Dalton-Hare and it allows children and adults with learning disabilities from across Norfolk to develop skills including cooking, gardening, horse riding, communication and computer technology.

A smaller kitchen, especially for young people, was opened by Dean Steele-Smith, 17, from Suffield Park in Cromer.

Dean has Down’s Syndrome and traits of autism and cannot speak because of his condition.

His mother Julie Steele-Smith, 49, said: “The new kitchen is fabulous. Cooking has given Dean a purpose. He loves it here.

60 per cent of carers felt guilty about sending relatives into a care home

Majority of carers feel guilty about putting relatives in care homes

Written byMARK MCKAY

MORE than half of carers feel guilty about putting loved ones into care, according to a shock new study.Research by disabled charity Vitalise, said 60 per cent of carers felt guilty about sending disabled, frail or elderly relatives into a care home.

The study comes just days after the Alzheimer’s Society revealed only four out of ten said relatives with dementia had a good quality of life while in care.