|A Quiet Place movie gets it right and uses deaf actor: A Quiet place is a movie which is set in a post-apocalyptic world haunted by blind monsters that zero in on sound with the aid of supersensitive hearing. Silence becomes a matter of survival. The family portrayed in the film have an advantage because they can communicate in American Sign Language (ASL). Handy when the act of speaking can get you killed. Fortuitously, the family have learned sign language because their daughter is deaf.
Director John Krasinski is to be applauded for pushing to cast Millicent Simmonds, who is deaf, as daughter Regan Abbott. Even better, her performance enhances the movie.
Kamran Mallick, the chief executive of Disability Rights UK, speaking to the Independent, says, she brings “an extra dimension to the role which a hearing actor would not have been able to do”. Read more
Latest learning disabilities mortality statistics make for grim reading: The Learning Disabilities Mortality Review Annual Report 2017 found that the average age at death of people with learning disabilities was 59 for males and 56 for females. More than a quarter (28%) of deaths were of people aged under 50 years.
Kamran Mallick, Chief Executive of Disability Rights UK said: “This review makes for grim reading but few surprises – if you’re learning disabled, you’re more likely to die much younger than your family, friends and neighbours who don’t happen to be learning disabled. ….We’re tired of reports which set out the stark realities of living – and dying – if you have a learning disability in our society. We need to see some real action and real change, and commitment from politicians and organisations to drive the recommendations made in the report. It’s time to stop treating learning disabled people as third-class citizens.” Read more
Obesity is not just a question of diet: DR UK ambassador Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, speaking in the Guardian, says that she is disheartened that Jamie Oliver’s obesity strategy fails to mention the role of physical activity and mental health. Read more
We echo this. Disability Rights UK also seeks to improve the health and well-being of disabled people through physical activity via our Get Out Get Active (GOGA) programme and our Get Yourself Active project. One of our GOGA mentors has recently won a Torch Trust Trophy award for his Outstanding Contribution to Inclusivity.
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CQC Board appoints Ian Trenholm as new Chief Executive: Ian Trenholm has been appointed as the Care Quality Commission’s new Chief Executive.
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