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A celebration of work to redefine learning disabled

Blog Post 14 November 2017

A celebration of work to redefine learning disabled

Film, theatre, television, art, campaigning, cooking and music – just a few things that some successful people are engaging in their day-to-day lives.

And these inspirational souls are social beacons of possibility because they share a common problem: Learning disability.

Recently I read that one in ten learning disability support structures is at risk. That’s a huge potential impact on the 1.5 million learning disabled in the UK.

These are people with aspirations, dreams, goals, hopes and special qualities just like the rest of us, but a platform for their voices can be hard to find.

Now social affairs journalist Saba Salman is addressing that issue with a crowdfunding book. The book undoubtedly will be campaigning, but it also promises to “ride a new wave in the learning disability movement”  – the empowerment agenda.

It has all the hallmarks of a revolution that could readily unseat preconceptions and fuel a counter culture that the learning disabled are not defined by their label.

The book, Made Possible, is a collection of essays by high-achieving people with learning disabilities. There is nothing like it in the marketplace. For the first time those contributing tell their own story and what needs to happen for more to achieve beyond the boundaries expected of them.

For me this is going to be an essential read.

Already the crowdfunding pledges are rolling in.

The independence of good journalism is necessary to help keep those who have influence accountable. Too often, however, the care sector has been easy copy that delivers negative messages.

My thanks go to Salman for helping us to be aware of a

different perception of those who struggle to learn.

A great positive move . . . like eating good chocolate. Check our more at this link: https://unbound.com/books/made-possible

Debbie Le Quesne - CEO West Midlands Care Association