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We can do proper jobs. Proper jobs means proper wages!

27 Oct

Ace Man

 

Have you heard about what the Welfare Minister, Lord Freud, has said about people with disabilities?

 

 
Kick Ass Maracas

 

What is it about?

 

 
 
 
Ace Man

 

 

He said that people with disabilities aren’t worth paying the minimum wage!

 

Annabel

 

 

That isn’t right!

 
 
 
Malak

 

It isn’t right but lots of people agree with him – he is just the first one to say it. They are scared to employ people with disabilities.

 

Kick Ass Maracas

 

They think it will be more expensive for them. They will have to make their buildings accessible and find people to help their disabled staff with their work.

 

 

Ace Man

 

Organisations think that disabled people can’t do the same jobs as non-disabled people.

 

 

Malak

 

That just isn’t realistic. If you make a safe environment and provide communication support, people can do exactly the same jobs as their non-disabled colleagues.

 

Annabel

 

In fact, research has shown that people with disabilities are more loyal, and less likely to change their jobs.

 

 

Malak

 

 

People with disabilities bring different skills and experience to the workplace.

 

 

 

Annabel

Yes they do. I have a physical disability and I know how to manage it each day to prioritise the things I need to do to take into account my disability. This is a skill that I can transfer into the workplace to make sure the work gets done at the right time.

 

Ace Man

 

We are experts by experience. More organisations should use the co-working model. When disabled and non-disabled people work together to share their skills and knowledge, it is a powerful; model! I live with a disability every day, we can learn skills from each other.

 

Malak

 

This isn’t difficult to do in all workplaces and means the work is better quality and inclusive!

 

 

Annabel

 

Lord Freud should come and spend some time with people with disabilities in the workplace and see just what they are worth!

 

 

The A-Team

We would like Lord Freud to come and visit us at CHANGE and show him the excellent work that we do every day. We work with governments and organisations like NHS England to make life better for people with disabilities.

People shouldn’t be scared about employing people with disabilities, we work just as hard and do just as good a job – we are just like you!

Proper jobs means proper wages!

Proper jobs means proper wages!

Co-production – what is it?

10 Dec

Kick Ass Maracas

I’m a bit fed up and angry with people not including us! Why are we never asked for our opinion?

 

 

Ace Man

Things need to change!

 

 

Annabel

I agree things can’t stay the same. But have you heard about co-production?

 

 

KA Maracas

No I haven’t – what is co-production?

 

 

Annabel

It means including people in a real way so they can be involved and have a say in things that affect them.

 

 

Malak

Oh, that sounds brilliant!

 

 

Annabel

It’s not just about helping make the decisions, it’s about being employed to make it happen. People with learning disabilities need to be employed in the services that affect their lives.

 

 

Kick Ass Maracas

That’s a great idea!

 

 

Ace

I’d like to be involved in that!

 

 

Malak

It would be hard work to change people’s attitudes but it would be worth it. If we were involved in this way, we could build our skills and get more confidence.

 

 

Ace Man

Services would become much better if we had a voice and involvement in creating them.

 

 

Annabel

That would help people change their attitudes. Then they might see what people with Disabilities CAN DO rather than just seeing what we CAN’T DO!

Should hidden cameras be put in care homes?

4 Nov
Malak

Malak

Have you heard that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are thinking of putting hidden cameras into care homes?

 

 

 

Annabel

Annabel

No I haven’t! Why would they do that?

 

 

 

 

Malak

There’s a lot of abuse and bullying goes on in care homes and the CQC want to stop it.

 

 

 

Annabel

Oh yes, I remember what was happening in that care home called Winterbourne View.

 

 

KA Maracas

KA Maracas

I’m not sure if cameras are a good idea.

 

 

 

 

Ace Man

Ace Man

But it would help get rid of the bullying and abuse and people would feel safer.

 

 

 

 

Kick Ass Maracas

Yes, but I wouldn’t want to be watched all the time in my own home. There would be no privacy!

 

 

 

 

Malak

I agree with you – I wouldn’t like that either!

 

 

 

 

Annabel

But how can people be kept safe from the bullies and abusers?

 

 

 

Ace Man

The CQC are also thinking of using ‘Mystery Shoppers’. This is where people go into the care home and pretend they are looking for care for a loved one.

They could get people to pretend to be a cleaner or a handyman too!

 

 

 

Annabel

That might work better because the care workers would be on their best behaviour if someone was looking to move someone there.

 

 

 

Ace

Why don’t they give everyone in the care home a secret emergency phone to use to get help.

 

 

 

Malak

This wouldn’t work because carers can take away things easily. And it’s hard to keep things secret or private when you depend on other people for help.

 

 

 

 

Annabel

Why don’t people who are being bullied just tell someone?

 

 

 

Malak

They might be frightened that the bullies will do worse things to them. They may be frightened to get into trouble and feel it is their fault somehow. They might not have anyone to tell. Also people who have told about bullying and abuse sometimes haven’t been believed.

 

 

 

Annabel

That’s horrible! It’s awful that people can’t feel safe and cared for in their own home.

 

 

 

KA Maracas

Anything they do such as cameras or mystery shoppers needs to be balanced against peoples’ right to privacy.

 

 

 

Malak

Yes that’s important. I think the people who live in care homes need to be asked what they think about it before anything gets decided.

 

 

 

Kick Ass Maracas

The staff need to be trained by people with learning disabilities!

 

 

 

 

Winterbourne View – Stop the Bullying!

12 Nov
In the dock - the 11 Winterbourne View careworkers

GUILTY – 6 of the 11 Winterbourne View careworkers have been sent to jail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KickAss Maracas is not happy

I am very angry and upset about what I have heard on the news about Winterbourne View. Winterbourne View was a home for disabled people where the staff were bullies. They closed it down and now the bullies have been sent to jail – see BBC News 26th October.

The people who lived there have been moved to different places but a journalist has found out that many are still being bullied in the new places – BBC News 29th October.

Ace is pissed off

 

This is disgusting, I hate this so much that this is happening again. It will cause problems for the disabled people in their later life. I think they should stop all the bullying, it’s not fair and it’s not funny!

 

Annabel annoyed big time

 

It is wrong, professionals should step in and stop this as soon as it happens.

 

Malak is fed up with all the bullying that goes on

 

A lot of bullying is going on, it is getting worse and the bullies are getting away with it!

 

 

Dont put up with bullying! Report it to sort it!

Many disabled people get worried and frightened when they hear these stories in the news. They might think that this will happen to them if they have to live in a home.

If you are being bullied ring the police straightaway, we say:  

Report it to Sort it!

 

 

 

Disabled people want better services in their care homes!

31 Jul

Malak

  The Care Quality Commission have just finished a report all about the care of disabled people.

This is because they have been looking into it since the bad stories about Winterbourne View. You can find out more about this in the CHANGE statement.

This new report says that things aren’t as bad as they were in Winterbourne View but that disabled people are not getting a good service.

KickAss Maracas

  I read the report. It says people are not being treated as individuals. Another way of saying this is that disabled people are not being given a chance to choos and say what they want.

The next thing they found out is that disabled people are staying too long in Assessment Centres (the places where professionals will find out how to help the disabled person).

Ace

  The next thing they found out is that the restraint is not good and is hurting them. This is when someone might hurt themselves or someone else adn restraint is a way to stop them from doing this.

The other thing they found is that disabled people are bored.

Annabel

  I think they should talk to disabled people, ask them their views and listen to them and take on what they say.

The assessments are taking too long so they need to do a faster and better job.

Professionals need to learn how to do restraint in a better and safer way.

I’m upset that people are bored – they should be put on more activities and find more ways to help people to get out into the community. Things like going on day trips, going to the cinema, to the gym, to the park or to a restaurant.

ace

 

  It’s bad that disabled people are not being treated fairly. I think we should get them (the CQC) to do a better job and then go back and see if things are better.

Man with learning disabilities abused by family

9 May

A man with learning disabilities called Ghalib Hussain was abused by his family for over three years

A man with learning disabilities called Ghalib Hussain was abused by his family for over three years.  Ghalib came to this country for an arranged marriage and could speak very little English.  The marriage didn’t work and the family of his wife started to abuse him.

 

The family were cruel and violent to Ghalib and treated him like a slave

The family were cruel and violent to Ghalib and treated him like a slave.  They thought he was a financial burden on them because he couldn’t work.

 

Ghalib told the Police about being beaten and not being allowed to go back to Pakistan

They threatened to bury him alive and cut his tongue out and beat him all the time!  He escaped and was found wandering in the street.  The police came and someone in the street helped to translate.  When the police asked if they could take him home he go very frightened and clung to a lamp post.  Then Ghalib told them about being beaten and not being allowed to go back to Pakistan.

 

A relative took Ghalib home where he was very badly beaten for speaking out

A relative took Ghalib home where he was very badly beaten for speaking out.  Four days later a police officer and a social worker went to the house and asked to speak to Ghalib alone.  The family lied and said he wasn’t there but the police found Ghalib huddled on the sofa.

 

Ghalib told them about how he was badly treated

Ghalib told them about how he was badly treated.

 

 

The professionals did a good job by going to help him and making sure they talked to him alone

The professionals did a good job by going to help him and making sure they talked to him alone.

 

 

Ghalib was taken to hospital because his hip was broken by the abuse

Ghalib was taken to hospital because his hip was broken by the abuse.

 

 

The members of his family who abused Ghalib are being charged

It’s great that Ghalib has got out of this terrible situation and is getting help.  The members of his family who abused Ghalib are being charged with threatening to kill, grievous bodily harm and fear of violence by harassment and false imprisonment.

 

The family are denying what they did because they think it was OK to treat Ghalib like that because he has a learning disability

They are all denying what they did because they think it was ok to treat Ghalib like that because he has a learning disability.

Justice for Josh

17 Apr
Acton Baths,  West London, where Police handcuffed and assaulted autistic teenager

Acton Baths, where Police handcuffed and assaulted teenager

Malak 

 I read a story in the paper about a young man called Josh who has learning disabilities. He was at the swimming baths with his friends and support workers. He was in his clothes at the side of the pool and he was enjoying looking at the water. He was in his own dream world, another word for this is a ‘trance’. The pool staff rang the police because they wanted him to stop doing it.

Kick Ass Maracas

                                         This is when things started to go really wrong for Josh. The police and pool staff didn’t listen to the support staff, they tried to get Josh to stop but this scared him and he jumped into the pool. After he got out of the pool the police put handcuffs on him and tied up his feet, and then they put him in the police van.   

The Police put Josh in handcuffs at the pool

Police put Josh in handcuffs

The Police left Josh alone in their van - cold and dripping wet

The Police left Josh alone in their van - cold and dripping wet

He was all wet and very frightened and they left him all on his own.

Annabel  Josh and his family were very upset and angry about what happened so they took the police to court. The judge agreed that the police were guilty and had discriminated against Josh. Another way to say this is that they were not fair to him. The judge said that the police had to pay some money to them. Josh and his family are pleased the court said the police are guilty but they really want the police to say sorry.

Ace

Since this happened every time Josh hears a police siren he gets very upset and frightened. He doesn’t like going swimming anymore. His epilepsy is worse because he is so upset about it.  

Since this happened every time Josh hears a police siren he gets very upset and frightened

Police sirens scare Josh since the incident at the baths

             

Kick Ass Maracas thinks the Police need training when it comes to dealing with people with learning disabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think the police need to learn more about working with people who have a learning disability, they need some training!

 

We think the police should say, "Sorry"

The police don’t want to say sorry because they want to take it back to court. We disagree, we think the police should say sorry and admit they made a mistake.

What if Josh is the victim of a hate crime?

What if Josh is a victim of a hate crime? The police are saying they want disabled people to speak up about being bullied but this will be very hard for Josh after his terrible experience.

Come on Metropolitan Police – you can do a better job than this!

Come on Metropolitan Police – you can do a better job than this!

 

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