Government announce mandatory learning disability training

The government has announced it will pilot and roll out mandatory learning disability training for all relevant NHS healthcare professionals. It comes in response to campaigning from ourselves and thousands of others following grave concerns about the widely recognised health inequalities experienced by individuals with a learning disability. Read the ‘Right to be heard’ report […]

Education Committee Inquiry on SEND

The Education Committee has today published the report of its inquiry into special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). They have concluded that this generation is being let down by the current system, and that parents are facing a “titanic struggle” to find the right help and support. We contributed to the Special Education Consortium’s submission, […]

New NICE guidance on growing older

Earlier this year, the DSA was pleased to be involved in shaping new guidance around growing older with a learning disability. We responded to a National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) consultation on developing new standards for services to adopt. These have now been published. It covers all settings where care and support is provided, […]

Kilted Kevin completes crazy challenge

Not many people would be up for running 12 half marathons in just six months, and even less would be up for taking on the 157 mile slog whilst wearing a kilt! But not many people are as bonkers as Kevin Dryburgh… The Scotsman has just completed this gruelling challenge, raising more than £2,500 for […]

New venue for Damon Hill Golf Classic

This year, the annual Damon Hill charity golf day will held at Exeter Golf and Country Club, winners of England’s ‘Most Welcoming Golf Club’ at the Golf Awards earlier this year. Former F1 Champion, Damon Hill OBE and Michael Caines MBE, are teaming up to host a day of golf, followed by a gala four-course […]

Statement following BBC’s Panorama investigation

The Down’s Syndrome Association is appalled and horrified following the BBC’s Panorama investigation into the treatment of people with learning disabilities at Whorlton Hall. Our Chief Executive Carol Boys said: “The way that we are treating people with a learning disability in the UK today is a national disgrace. We have not learnt any lessons […]