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Putting myself in his shoes

People communicate in many ways – different languages, different sign languages and even how we react physically when talking with someone can all vary greatly. Communication can be a challenge for people with Autism so, as part of Autism Awareness

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No lies, no deception, just honesty!

As part of Autism Awareness Week, we are focusing on some of the communication tools we use at Certitude. Communication – understanding what’s happening around you and in turn being understood – can sometimes be difficult for people with autism.

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Communication is the foundation for everything

For Autism Awareness Week, we will be sharing stories each day from across Certitude focusing on the importance of great communication. We think that supporting people to communicate their needs and desires effectively is the key to making your own

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Having a choice matters to me

It’s important to encourage others to make their own choices and help raise awareness of what Down Syndrome is and how people with Down Syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities. Here, Parvin talks about her experience

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Enjoy every moment and don’t live life with regret

ChristopherAs part of World Down Syndrome Day, we’ve been catching up with people about what is most important to them. Here, Christopher talks about what “My Voice, My Community” means to him.

If anyone asks, I’m related to Ronny O’Sullivan …

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When systems make life challenging – the responsibility of providers

Life can be complicated. It has its highs and lows prompted by things we can control and things we can’t. There are key times for most of us in our life that make things even more complicated – becoming an …

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Supported living: a life not a service

Last week, Learning Disability England held their first conference, focusing on Supported Living. Certitude was a proud sponsor of the conference and I was delighted to be part of the panel debating how to get supported living right now and …

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Everyone has the right to be involved

Last week, BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme  as well as Radio 4’s You and Yours , featured the issue of families and carers being able to visit their loved ones and raise concerns, if needed, about the quality of support being …

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Got My Back

Certitude has agreed to be part of a national steering group about good postural care. Gianluca Zucchelli, LD Service Manager, shares his learning about key successes and challenges on this area of support.

Seven years ago I had my first …

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Dont be afraid to speak up

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month. As more people are beginning to talk openly about mental health and the struggles people sometimes face, it becomes even more important to recognise the role that everyone can play in suicide prevention. Here,

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