If you’re going to watch TV tonight (Tuesday 7th) look out for the hard hitting Channel 4 drama Richard is my boyfriend (though it might be one for the video as it’s on at 11.05pm).
The drama tackles the taboo subject of sex and relationships between a young woman with learning disabilities and her Down’s Syndrome boyfriend.
Dame Jo Williams, chief executive of Mencap, said: “We would like to congratulate the producers of the programme – the film deals with an ethical dilemma in a thought provoking and well balanced way. People with a learning disability have the same rights as everyone else and these rights must be upheld.”
If you watch it, email the website editor Clare Jerrom at firstname.lastname@example.org with a short review and we will print them on our website with a discussion of the issues.
Community Care has been running its A Life Like Any Other campaign promoting opportunities for people with learning disabilities.
On Wednesday (8th August), there is another important documentary being screened. Malcolm and Barbara: Love’s Farewell will be shown at 9pm on ITV. The documentary shows Malcolm’s health deteriorate after he is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The controversial programme has caused quite a stir in the press. If you want to send in your reviews and comments, email email@example.com .