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Does the New Down's Syndrome Test Cross an Ethical Line?

Roughly 40,000 people in the UK have Down’s syndrome and around 750 babies are born with the condition each year.
Classified as a learning disability, Down’s syndrome can bring with it some developmental challenges, but with correct support these can be overcome.

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What the Disability Benefits Ruling Means for You

In April 2013 a new benefit called the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) was introduced. It was designed to gradually replace the existing Disability Living Allowance (DLA). However, the transition to the new benefit was not as smooth for everyone as it should have been, and in some cases PIP has caused considerable distress. 

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Learning Disabilities and Sexual Relationships

Like it or not sex is part of our everyday lives and societal changes have made it more prominent than ever before.

Individuals are freer to live their lives in a manner that suits them and with it are free to explore sexuality and sexual experiences in a way that that would have past generations clutching at their pearls.

We have the luxury of enjoying our sexual sides in more or less anyway of our choosing – be that in a long term relationship or as a friend with benefits – unless, it seems you have learning disabilities.

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Carers and Isolation

Becoming a carer is not easy.

It may have been an easy decision because, after all, caring for someone you love is one of the most natural things in the world.

However caring for someone – whether they have a severe physical or learning disability or debilitating medical condition is both challenging and lonely.

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Why Mental Health is Important

Doctors, nutritionists and the media will regularly – and passionately – extoll the virtues of eating your five a day, cutting down on alcohol and red meat and the benefits of regular exercise. All to improve our physical health.

There isn’t a great deal said of our mental health.

Granted, the signs of physical ill-health are far more overt and potentially more life threatening. Conditions like obesity and diabetes cost the NHS £20 billion a year and that figure is expected to rise significantly over the next 30 years.

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What does Autism Feel Like?

There are around 700,000 people with autism in the UK in one form or another.

A neurodevelopmental disorder, autism will be present in the individual from birth but may not manifest until years later – often in childhood.

The disorder is often characterised by difficulties with social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, repetitive behaviours, restricted behaviours and sensory processing.

However this is a broad generalisation in order to categorise the condition. No two people with autism will think and behave the same way and so it’s really important not to treat them as such.

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How Supported Living Helps

Living with a learning disabilities or enduring mental health issues can sometimes mean that a lot of decisions are made for you. Either because your challenges dictate no other choice or because whichever choice you make, the options are being provided by a number of different experts.

This isn’t necessarily a negative – providing you are made to feel like you also have the option of saying no too – but it can start to feel like your freedoms are being eroded through circumstance.

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Domiciliary Care: Why you need a bespoke package

Domiciliary care is the provision of services that enable a person to remain living in their own home.  This service is available to anyone, at any stage of his or her lives from children to adults and can address issues that might emerge suddenly or have developed over time.

Essentially domiciliary care allows a person to retain that normality, independence and familiar surroundings whilst getting the support they might need with anything from physical disabilities or sensory impairment through to mental health issues or learning disabilities.

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Advocating for Individuals with Mental Health Issues

Mental health issues take many forms and have dramatically different levels of severity.

For some reflection techniques and a reliable support circle is sufficient to get through those difficult days.

For others on going treatment, support and even medication is required.

Whatever the condition and whatever the level of support, it’s important for the individual to be able to make their feelings known and for the appropriate action taken that reflects their outcomes and goals.

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