Yesterday (24 February 2015) I attended the parliamentary launch of the Learning Disabilities Alliance England. The LDA is a recently formed pressure group that represents the interests of people with learning disabilities, their families, support workers and allies.
While the main media focus will be on Valentine's Day today, many churches across the UK have been 'spreading the love' in a rather different way - by showing support for those living with autism and those who support them.
As few as 16% of British adults with learning disabilities are exercising their right to vote, according to newly published research by the charity United Response. They say that hundreds of thousands are left disenfranchised.
Autism campaigners around the world are urging Pope Benedict XVI to act on autism in the wake of the banning of a 13 year old boy with severe autism from the Roman Catholic Church of St.Joseph, in Bertha, Minnesota in the United States.