Independent Living
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Concerns after Learning Disability England replaces user-led group

A group launched last year to represent people with learning difficulties across England has been scrapped and replaced by a non-user-led organisation that will be partly controlled by service-providers. People First England (PFE) was set up last year by Gary Bourlet, who founded Britain’s first People First self-advocacy organisation in London in 1984, and
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Arts and Culture
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Gould honoured for international DaDaFest work

A leading Deaf arts festival director has been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours after years of work that have seen her develop relationships with disabled artists from across the world. Ruth Gould (pictured), artistic director of Liverpool-based DaDaFest, has been recognised with an MBE for services to disability arts. Her work with DaDaFest
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Disabled duo set for huge US expansion of holiday website

By Raya Al Jadir A social enterprise launched by two disabled entrepreneurs from London is to open an office in the US, less than a year after it launched in the UK. The accessible holiday accommodation service Accomable was set up by Martyn Sibley and Srin Madipalli, the team behind the online disability magazine
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