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13 Feb 2016
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Angela Bachiller is  the first person with Downs Syndrome to be elected as a local councillor or Partido Popular in Valladolid, Spain.She was sworn into office on Monday 29th July 2013.

The First Downs Syndrome Councillor in Spain

 The following is an interview with Angela, shortly after her election 

Angela, do you feel proud to have entered the lists of a party?

Yes I liked it during the campaign and I had a fine time. I am thrilled that they have elected me. The mayor said it was an example of effort and improvement ... I was shocked when they told me I was elected as part of the lists. 

Do you like politics?


So ... why did you decide to take this step?

To help people realize that people with disabilities can with everything, we have a lot of willpower.

Mark Neary is a blogger and father to Steven, who has autism and other learning difficulties.  He has written a fascinating guest blog on the BBC website about the use of jargon in social care.  Read  the full article here

Here are 10 jargon phrases I jotted down on the back of a beer mat, the kind of things which make Steven's life sound even less "normal":

1. I live in my home. Steven's current placement is in the family home.

2. When I make a pizza, I'm making a pizza. When Steven makes a pizza, he's increasing his independence skills (as overseen by an occupational therapist).

3. If I cry, I'm sad about something. If Steven cries, it is logged and analysed by the psychologist and positive behaviour team.

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You can also read the articles online by clicking the following links

Disabled pay more than the super rich

A future for the Independent Living Fund in Scotland

The Rise and Rise of Guardianship

Bring them home!

Each of these articles can be read aloud on the internet or you can download the audio version by clicking here and play in later on your computer or mobile phone.  We can send you a CD by post if you email us to let us know  Regular CD subscribers will get their's in the post shortly.  

The Keys To Life is the Scottish Government’s new strategy for improving the quality of life for people with learning disabilities. 

One of the key areas in the document is the Health of people with a learning disability. 

Life expectancy for people with learning disabilities is much worse than that of the general population and the strategy is determined to change this over the next ten years.  Over 40% of the recommendations are aimed at improving health. 

A new Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory will be set up to keep an eye on what is happening in hospitals and doctors’ surgeries to people with learning disabilities.  NHS Boards are given specific responsibilities to make sure there is better care for particular conditions such as epilepsy and more general duties to ensure a dedicated primary care liaison resource in each area.  Better cooperation will be encouraged between local authorities and NHS staff to make sure no one slips out of the net when they go into or leave hospital. 

Earlier this year LDAS at the encouragement of one of our supporters took Lynda La Plante to task  over her use of the word "retard" on Radio Four's Today programme.   Ofcom has now found the BBC in breach of the broadcasting code.  The Prime Suspect creator was discussing an article accusing her of saying the word but she went on to use it twice more before  the presenter changed the subject.

We are really pleased to see  that the BBC have been censured by Ofcom for the offensive remarks repeated on the Today Programme back in March! Many people complained to the BBC and got brushed off,  now the lesson to learn is that in future if  you wish to complain about anything on the BBC make the complaint to Ofcom and not to the BBC.





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