Curriculum content for children and adults with intellectual and other disabilities. Independence? No, thank you. Autonomy? Yes please!

Curriculum content for children and adults with intellectual and other disabilities. Independence? No, thank you. Autonomy? Yes please!

Peter Limbrick writes: Is independence ever a valid goal? In this article I want to suggest that it is not, and offer instead the pursuit of autonomy.  In my thinking this offers a better way forward for all of us as we grow from child to adult. Autonomy will add richness, meaning and value to th

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Some concerns about the mental health of disabled babies and their mothers. Are we helping or hindering? By Peter Limbrick

Some concerns about the mental health of disabled babies and their mothers. Are we helping or hindering? By Peter Limbrick

My concerns are based more in a degree of familiarity with families of babies and infants who have disabilities than in any expertise in psychiatry. My experience is that when a new baby arrives with disabilities, little attention is paid to the mental health of baby, mother and other close family

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Zika virus is not the birth defect risk Scotland should be most worried about. Dr Jonathan Sher talks good sense

Zika virus is not the birth defect risk Scotland should be most worried about. Dr Jonathan Sher talks good sense

Dr Sher writes: Images of babies with severe microcephaly caused by the Zika virus are upsetting. Our hearts go out to these abnormally small-headed babies whose lives and life chances have been compromised – as well as to their families.

With the Rio Olympics now underway, the risks of contractin

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One million old people in England with care needs get no help. We can lay half of this at the government's door – only half

One million old people in England with care needs get no help. We can lay half of this at the government's door – only half

Editorial: Charlie Cooper, writing in the Independent newspaper on July 7th, quotes the charity, Age UK:

'For the first time, more than a million have a care need – such as getting out of bed, going to the toilet, preparing food or taking medication – but receive no help from the state, self-funded

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