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People with learning disabilities are five times more likely than those in the general population to develop dementia, according to article on

From the CareKnowledge website an Office for National Statistics summary on the health and care of people with learning disabilities. 

Also from the CareKnowledge website, a report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission on being disabled in Britain. 

A new campaign and set of resources, produced by Mencap in collaboration with NHS England, is all about encouraging people with a learning disability to get better healthcare by letting people know that doctors and other healthcare workers can provide extra support and advice. The main message is to make sure you tell your doctor that you have a learning disability, so that they can add you to their register. Click here for details of the campaign on Mencap's website. Here's a link to some useful guides.

A report on the Council for Disabled Children website on apprenticeships and improving access for disabled people.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre has produced its first annual report on people with learning disabilities and/or autistic specrum disorder. The report is on CareKnowledge.

This document by NHS England on the CareKnowledge website looks at stopping the over-medication of people with learning disabilities.

If you support someone with a learning disability who is in trouble with the law - as a service provider, a family carer, or an advocacy service - this new guide from ARC England explains what happens when people get into trouble, what rights people have, and where to go for help.

A new study funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Social Care Research seeks to understand more about the challenges faced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) disabled community, according to a report on the University of Bristol's School for Policy Studies website.

A report from the House of Lords Select Committee on the Equality Act 2010 and Disability.

British Airways has been fined over poor handling of disability complaints, according to the website Reduced Mobility Rights. Click here for more information

A factsheet from Age UK which gives details of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Disability Living Allowance, a non means-tested benefit for people aged 16 to 64 with disabilities.

Disability Rights UK has produced a strategic plan that sets out its priorities for the next three years.

"There are 150 million children with disabilities worldwide, yet positive representation is almost non-existent," says an article in The Guardian. "No wonder the new Lego figure has caused such delight."

This report reviews evidence from research about shared-life communities for people with a learning disability and summarises the results from the small number of academic studies which have attempted to measure the quality of life of people with a learning disability living in such communities. On the CareKnowledge website.

A council has to pay a woman £7,000 after inadequate assessments left her without proper care for more than two years. More details.

Women with disabilities face significantly more difficulties - in both public and private spheres - in attaining access to adequate housing, health, education, vocational training and employment, and are more likely to be institutionalised, according to the website UN Enable. Click here.

The future abolition of the Attendance Allowance? News on Disability Rights UK website.

Why do you never see a Lego mini-figure with a disability? An article in The Guardian.

Personal budgets are an amount of money, funded by the NHS or through social care, which is used to offer individuals choice and control over their care, treatment and support. This report called Personal Budgets as an integral form of NHS care: A discussion paper argues that personal budgets should be seen a as a welcome advance towards more ‘people powered’ services. 

Winners of the Learning Disability Today Champion Awards have been announced at the Learning Disability Today conference and exhibition, celebrating some of the people who have made a positive difference to the sector in the past 15 years. Report from Learning Disability Today website.

A round-up of news from Learning Disability Today website.

The Care Quality Commission's comments on NHS England's plans to transform learning disabilities services in England. 

A global study into end-of-life care recently ranked the UK as the best place in the world to die. However, groundbreaking new guidance suggests that professionals fail to offer the same good support to terminally ill people who have autism or a learning disability, says a report in The Guardian.

Health charter for providers supporting people with learning disabilities.

The charity Scope has produced a report entitled Disabled people's experiences of social care 2014-15

Companies fear employing people with learning disabilities, a survey reveals. Article in The Guardian.

A third of disabled people feel they are treated differently, figures reveal - report on ITV News website.

The Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Board has published Serious Case Reviews into the deaths of two people with learning disabilities in Suffolk.

Article from The Guardian - Britain is embracing diversity. So why are people with disabilities still excluded?

New plans will see the closure of the last NHS hospital for people with learning disabilities in England - article from The Guardian with responses from the social care sector.

The number of hospital inpatient beds for people with a learning disability or autism is to be halved and replaced with better care options in the community, under new plans unveiled by NHS England, according to an article on National Health Executive.

We need more disabled people on movie and TV screens. An article from The Guardian.

Employers and Minister of State for Disabled People opening doors for disabled job seekers - article in Personnel Today.

Despite emphasis on wellbeing, choice and control within the Care Act, a the survey found near half of respondents felt their quality of life had reduced and 30% experienced a reduction in choice and control. A report on the Disability Rights UK website.

Disability news round-up from the BBC website.