Down not out

Nothing Down is a great resource if you're interested in the issues and stories around Down's Syndrome 

Disability resources: Universal rights


* Respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy and the freedom to choose

* Non-discrimination

* Full and effective participation and inclusion in society

* Respect and accept the identity and diversity of people with disabilities including children

* Equality of opportunity, accessibility, equality

These principles are enshrined in the Equality Act 2010 and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to which the UK is a signatory 


Open Future Learnings is an outstanding video-based two-way training programe for people with an intellectual disability and those who support them. Unlike most approaches that tend to be based on rote learning it places empathy and human relationships at the heart of what it offers.

Centre for Welfare Reform


The Centre for Welfare Reform is a community of independent Fellows who are thinkers, innovators and leaders with a real commitment to equality and diversity.

Shared Lives Plus


Shared Lives Plus is a UK network for family-based and small-scale ways of supporting adults. “ Our Membership network around the country match people who want extra support at home with people who have a spare room and love to give."

Learning Disability England


Learning Disability England brings together people with learning disabilities, families and friends and organisations to campaign for issues that matter to them

Camphill Research Network


The Camphill Research Network is an informal network for anyone interested in research related to Camphill communities and the wider intentional community movement.

Disability Rights


Disability Rights UK is a campaigning and information resource Giving disabled people a voice

Camphill Families and Friends


Camphill Families and Friends supports the life and work of people with learning disabilities who live in Camphill communities and settings, by offering advice, information and partnership to their families and friends.It works to maintain key Camphill values  through their website, newsletter and open meetings. CFF works closely with communities and members in order to influence change

Disability Arts online


Citizen Network

Citizen Network is an international cooperative to achieve citizenship for all. It is rooted in the premise that everyone is equal and diversity is a good thing to be cherished.

Individuals and groups can join Citizen Network and work together for a world where everyone matters.

Citizenship for all means:

  1. Learning from the work of others
  2. Sharing the things we’ve learned
  3. Cooperating with others
  4. Welcoming others into community
  5. Standing up for the value of citizenship

Citizen Network brings together people, groups and organisations around the world, helping people connect, learn from each other and work together to achieve citizenship for all. 


It’s easy to join Citizen Network, find out how here.

If you’d like to read more, Simon Duffy has written a blog setting out the reasons why we’re coming together to form Citizen Network.

Ways of creating community


Co-housing communities are intentional communities, created and run by their residents. Co-housing is gathering a lot of interest in the UK. Two successful examples of Co-housing for people with learning disabilities are The Mount Camphill and Sturts Farm 


L’Arche is a worldwide collection of homes where people with learning disabiilties can live and/or work together in a community. In a world that values winning and coming first L'Arche Communities are places where people can discover who they are not just what they can do. 

Shared Lives

Shared Lives Plus is the UK network for family-based and small-scale ways of supporting adults often with learning disabilities. The Esk Valley Camphill Community is a recent example of a life-sharing scheme for people with learning disabilities 

Institute of Learning Disabilities


BILD works to develop the skills and culture necessary to understand people’s needs and improve their quality of life based on rigorous evidence base, broad expertise 



MENCAP is a leading

UK charity for people

with a learning disability. It has an excellent resource base. 

If you are a carer


Learning Disability Carers Community helps those who support people with learning disabilities with advice, workshops and information

Autism Research Centre


The ARC led by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen at Cambridge University is a world leader in the biomedical causes of autism spectrum conditions, and developing new ways of assessing and treating these conditions. ARC fosters collaboration between scientists in Cambridge University and outside, to accelerate this mission.

National Autistic Society


The NAS for autistic people (including those with Asperger syndrome) and their families provides information, support and services, 

Temple Grandin (Video)


Professor Temple Grandin, autistic herself, is one of the world’s most original thinkers on the subject and has written many books. Thinking in Pictures is a classic

Cerebral Palsy (Video)

image18 is an information and network resource, provided by Bridge McFarland Solicitors to share information and bring families affected by cerebral palsy together. Website

Cerebral Palsy Foundation (Video)


An excellent resource mostly video based for accessibility from the US-based Cerebral Palsy Foundation



Rudolf Steiner House is a hub for contemporary culture in the heart of London offering a programme of anthroposophically and spiritually oriented events in a stunning architectural environment.Also theatre and venue hire with an acclaimed in-house catering service.

Emerson College


Emerson College offers courses for adults intergrating social,

spiritual and practical dimensions of life and work. It has affiliates around the world including the USA. Courses at Emerson encompass land-based studies, therapeutic education and the arts, set within a rich learning environment.  Emerson’s international community works collaboratively to discover human approaches to global questions.

Camphill Foundation


Camphill Foundation supports an ever-changing variety of projects which enhance and enrich the lives of vulnerable people with learning disabilities and extra support needs.

Human rights and the law

Human Rights Act


The 1988 Human Rights Actallows individuals to defend their rights in law in UK courts

The Care Act


The Care Act 2014 is the most important piece of social care legislation decades underpinning all care law in England. Legislation Wales, Scotland and NI has much in common but is not identical


The Public Law Project (PLP) is an independent, national legal charity which aims to improve access to public law remedies for those whose access is restricted by poverty, discrimination or other similar barriers.


Liberty is also known as the National Council for Civil Liberties. Founded in 1934,it is a cross party, non-party membership organisation at the heart of the movement for fundamental rights and freedoms in the UK. Liberty campaigns for civil liberties and human rights in the UK. Liberty are entirely independent 

News and Publishing

Disability News Service


Welfare Weekly is a good weekly resource for news and comment in the world of care and disability 

BBC Disability news


BBC News, comment and interviews about disability 

Voluntary sector news


The voice of Scotland’s Third voluntary sector provides a wide range of news and comment 

Society Guardian


The Guardian’s section specialising in disability, care and welfare: news, comment and policy  

Pavillion Publishing


Pavillion is a leading provider of professional development products and services for public, private and voluntary workers in the health, social care, education, and community safety sectors.