Maija Mattila- Mixed Race Model With Downs


It is good that Maija is realising her dream and acknowledged the barriers before her to which she managed to overcome.

Modeling is not an easy experience for anyone, but even with all her additional barriers Maija came through.

I wish her well for the future.

Same Difference

When a mixed-race girl with Down’s syndrome sat down to watch Finland’s Next Top Model, it might have seemed a distant world. But for Maija Mattila, it started the dream that changed her life.

Maija watched in awe as the tall, dark, aspiring model walked in front of judges of the reality TV show and posed for the camera. This was Polina Hiekkala, and she was doing everything Maija wanted to do.

Maija’s hazel brown eyes light up when she talks about modelling.

The young Finnish-Nigerian woman explains how she has watched countless hours of catwalk videos on YouTube since being inspired by Hiekkala in 2012.

“I started practising my walk at home, in front of the mirror,” she says.

Maija, who was born with Down’s syndrome and is now 20, leans gently against her mother and laughs shyly when recalling her early steps towards a modelling career.

Her mother…

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Problems facing social care services for people with learning disabilities forces legal action | Care Industry News


The news that families are to take legal action against local authorities and hospitals to ensure that people with learning disabilities are able to live full

Source: Problems facing social care services for people with learning disabilities forces legal action | Care Industry News


My own view is; The Government austerity cuts are pushing Local Authority spending to beyond safe barriers, This is not only for assessment and treatment centres but for all aspects of care, being residential, supported living, home care and others.

With the limited funds that Local Authotities have available the amount of money as to be spread more thinly, so that many service providers can not afford the statutory hourly rate increases without trimming other areas, such as training and some management, this resulting in reduced aspects relating to quality. Many providers could well withdraw from the care industry, thereby not only will funding not be sufficient, but also providers be available to fund. This then results in the quality of life for people with learning disabilities falling into critical situations at a time when their own benefits are also being reduced.

This is not creating an atmosphere for sustainable living, but unfortunately the Government is not listening and appears to be unwilling to do so.