New autism-friendly dance classes RADiate in London

Specialised dance classes for children on the autism spectrum have been expanded in London. The RADiate project – led by the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and with generous new funding provided by the City of London Corporation’s charity, the City Bridge Trust – will offer subsidised dance classes to children on the autism spectrum, including children with moderate to severe and complex learning difficulties, and those who are non-verbal in more schools across South and South West London.

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Scrounger or Unheard by the Community

A ‘Scrounger’ is a person who borrows from or lives off others, according to the Oxford English Dictionary and disabled people are being labelled as ‘benefit scroungers.’

By Jade Reid

Mencap is a charity that works with people with learning disabilities. A new survey shows that benefit-related discrimination has got worse over the last year, while television programmes reveal injustices in work assessment processes. For example, 46% of disabled people feel that attitudes towards them have worsened in the last year and disabled people feel that the small number of people falsely claiming disability benefits is the main cause of public hostility.

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Annual disability tennis festival serves up aces at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre

Local school children got a taste of tennis glory on Friday (29 January) playing at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on the same courts where Belgium’s Joachim Gerard was crowned men’s NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters in December.

Primary school children from thirteen local mainstream and special schools in Newham, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest, between the ages of seven to eleven with a range of conditions including autism, mild and severe learning difficulties and physical impairments (including visual and hearing) attended the inclusive disability tennis festival at the former London 2012 venue.

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