It was with sadness and shock, but not surprise, that we learned about the abuses (including physical violence and mental torture) that persons with learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities and persons with autism were subjected to at the Whorton Hall specialist hospital in the United Kingdom.
In Market Drayton, a village in north Shropshire, England, special accommodation has been developed for people with intellectual disabilities. The newly constructed facilities are specifically meant to bring back adults with intellectual disabilities who are currently living outside of their home county, in order for them to live closer to their families and friends.
Gavin Harding was chosen as the very first mayor with intellectual disabilities in the United Kingdom, The Guardian reported. He will carry out his mandate in the town of Selby, a community in North Yorkshire where 14,350 people reside.
In Great Britain, the concept of Shared Lives has become increasingly popular. Shared Lives is a form of support and accommodation for adults with special needs in which qualified individuals and families open their homes to assist people with disabilities.
In the wake of the British general elections, the five biggest political parties in the UK have published accessible versions of their main standpoints. They have been created with the assistance of Mencap, to make people with intellectual disabilities aware of what political choices there are and to include them within the election process.
With its latest research, ‘Premature Deaths of People with Learning Disabilities: Progress Update,’ the British Department of Health addresses the current challenges and possible solutions to unequal care leading to higher mortality rates amongst people with intellectual disabilities.
23% of people with disabilities living in the UK regularly feel lonely. This is the conclusion of a recent survey conducted by ‘Sense’, a British charity supporting deaf-blind people. As a result of this, the organization created a campaign called ‘We All Need Friends’.
With the British General Election coming up in May, political party leaders David Cameron, Nick Clegg and David Miliband have pledged to pay more attention to the voice and needs of the 1.4 million people with an intellectual disability in the UK.