Dating services for people with learning disabilities

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There is no shortage of talented actors and drama companies supporting people with learning disabilities, but the TV industry and its workings are still shrouded in jargon.Processes such as commissioning, auditioning and scriptwriting tend to exclude those who do not have someone to help them navigate all this.By Val Williams, University of Bristol People with learning disabilities can often find themselves feeling excluded when it comes to making decisions about their lives.This can range from everything, from shopping to making music or even bringing up a baby.It can be adapted to suit most students’ physical needs.

The theatre company made a brilliant video called A Good Match about their own perspectives and experience of managing relationships with a personal assistant. and I don’t want my (personal assistant) telling me what I can and cannot do.” After looking at a range of activities that can exclude or include people with learning disabilities, we concluded that inclusion happens when three things come together.

People with learning disabilities also face inequalities and problems in the NHS, as well as in a cash-strapped social care system.

For instance, since the Mental Capacity Act 2005 came into force, support staff are legally required to support people with learning disabilities to develop their own capacity to make a decision.

I’d like to play James Bond, Romeo, Dobby in Harry Potter or a detective or many other roles.

The Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2018 include an MBE to the actress with Downs Syndrome, Sarah Gordy, for her “services to the arts and people with disabilities”.

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