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Katie Price’s Harvey documentary reminds parents of people with learning disabilities ‘they are not alone’

Katie Price and son Harvey have been praised by Mencap for their moving documentary about life with disabilities – as it reminds those who may be struggling they’re not alone.

In Katie Price: Harvey and Me, the former glamour model was seen looking for a residential college for her 18-year-old son, who has a series of learning and physical difficulties including autism and Prader-Willi Syndrome.

As he becomes an adult, Katie was applauded as she spoke about the difficult decision to try and help him become more independent, with the pair looking at schools together.

Harvey was shown as a loving older brother to his four brothers and sisters, sharing his love of trains, and his particular close bond with his mum.

It also showed his adverse reactions to banging doors, and in tantrums not realising his own strength, with Harvey breaking windows and banging his head at points in frustration.

Katie was also seen hearing from parents’ whose children had similar difficulties, including one mum whose son was even sectioned before he was saved by the right doctors.

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Katie and Harvey were looking at residential colleges in the new doc (Picture: BBC)

Following the episode airing, Edel Harris, Chief Executive of the learning disability charity Mencap praised the film and explained: ‘It brilliantly captured the joy of family life as well as the daily challenges faced.

‘The more we understand the lives of people with a learning disability, the more open-minded, accepting and supportive we can become as a society.

‘The documentary has also, we hope, reminded parents of people with a learning disability, that they are not alone.’

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Now Harvey is 18, Katie is trying to help him become more independent (Picture: Instagram)

‘Turning 18 is a huge milestone in any young person’s life, but people with a learning disability and their families often face particularly difficult decisions,’ they continued. And the stakes are higher.

‘With the right specialist support available in the community, people can develop important life skills, develop a sense of identity, make life-long friends, all while having their individual – and sometimes complex – needs met.

‘But without it, there can be devastating consequences – we still hear stories of young people being sectioned and locked away in institutions that are no better than the asylums of years gone by.

‘More than 2,000 people with a learning disability are currently kept away from their families in these units, sometimes causing trauma that they never recover from.’

‘We wish Harvey and Katie all the best for a smooth transition into this new and exciting phase of life and look forward to seeing what this new chapter holds for them.’

For anyone affected by the issues covered in the documentary, please contact Mencap’s Freephone Learning Disability Helpline on 0808 808 1111 for information and advice.


Credit: Original article published here.

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