I am worried about PIP and how it will affect me and my family. I don’t know why they are changing DLA – I wish they would leave it as it is.
I am frightened of having to go for a new assessment. Being asked lots of questions puts me under pressure and makes me anxious.
It feels like another attack on Disabled People and the cuts in our benefits. I don’t think they asked Disabled People to give their views on the changes. They don’t listen to us and our experiences.
I’m worried that my means of getting out and about will be taken away and I’ll be stuck in the home, like a prisoner. We have to fight against being made poorer and not having a fair chance. We have to show how this affects our equal rights.
I wonder if the attitudes of British people about Disabled People have changed since the Paralympics?
I think it’s good that younger Disabled people will get more involved in sports because of the Paralympics. It is great to have role models like Ellie Simmonds – she’s a celebrity now!
But I would like to see lots of Disabled People as role models – like newsreaders, actors, musicians and people doing amazing work in everyday jobs.
If the Paralympics made people feel positive about Disabled people we need them to get behind us now – when Disabled people have lots of problems.
We hope less Disabled People will be bullied or suffer hate crime because of the Paralympics.
There is a new report out today about children and young people getting abused. The report has come from the Children’s Commissioner; it is her job to speak up for children and young people in Britain. Click on this link to see the report:
The report says that this abuse is happening all over Britain. This happened in Rotherham and Rochdale where groups of asian men abused young women, but it’s not just asian men – it is men from all walks of life who do this.
The report says that all professionals should do a better job of helping young people and not blame them when they are being abused like this.
The report is very good but it is quite hard to understand. I think the Children’s Commissioner should make these reports easy to read for people who have a learning disability.
Let’s all work together to stop this abuse
Jimmy Savile was a star but he did bad things. He targeted children and young people, both men and women. He sexually abused them, this means he was touching them on their private parts and raped them or forced them to have sex.
I am very angry and upset about this, how did he get away with it?
Because he had friends in high places who covered it up.
I am disgusted about what happened, I feel sorry for the victims. It is hard for them to speak up because they are scarred and they don’t know who to tell. They might worry that their family and friends won’t believe them.
A lot of the victims were disabled people, it is even harder for people who have learning disabilities to speak up about abuse.
Also a lot of the abuse happened in the 1970s and 1980s when people were not aware of sexual abuse as much as they are now.
In Britain we need to get better at helping victims to speak up about abuse.
Disabled people should support each other to tell about abuse and help the victims. So speak up by telling the police, support workers or call a helpline like:
Stop Hate Helpline: 0800 138 1625 (open all the time)
Victim Support: 0845 30 30 900 (open all the time)
Respond: 0808 808 0700 (Friday, 12.30 – 4.00pm)
Voice UK: 0808 8802 8686 (Monday - Friday, 9am – 5pm)
Childline: 0800 1111 (open all the time)
Women’s Aid (National): 0808 2000 247 (open all the time)
Mencap Helpline: 0808 808 111
National Autistic Society Helpline: 0808 800 4104 (Monday Friday 10am to 4pm), minicom: 0845 070 4003
Have you heard about the Police and Crime Commissioner elections?
What is it about?
Police and Crime Commissioners are people who can be voted in to manage and check how the Police do their jobs.
The elections will happen on 15 November in 41 areas across England and Wales (but not London) Each area will have one Police and Crime Commissioner.
Why is it important and why should we bother to vote?
It’s important because each person who might be elected has different ideas about things.