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The Grand Depart!

3 Jul

 

Ace ManHey gang, have you heard that the Tour De France is coming to Yorkshire?

 

Annabel

What is the Tour De France?

 

 

Kick Ass Maracas 

It’s a cycle race that started in 1903 in France. Riders from around the World ride in teams of nine people for 23 days in France for over 2,200 miles!

 

 

MalakWow that’s a long way! What do they win?

 

 

 

 

 

Kick Ass Maracas

Each day is called a ‘stage’ and the person who wins a stage gets a yellow jersey (or cycling top) and they have to give it up if they lose the next stage. You can also win a polka dot jersey for being ‘King of the Mountains’ meaning you raced up the hills the quickest. The person who wins the Tour De France overall gets a Yellow Jersey.

 

 

 

 

Annabel

Are there any women or people with disabilities in the Tour De France?

    

 

 

Kick Ass MaracasNo, only men are allowed to compete and they don’t have any disabled riders.

 

 

 

 

Ace

Everyone should be able to take part! Professionals could help to train people with disabilities. The Paralympics was really inspirational and showed just how good people with disabilities are!

 

 

 

 

Malak

Women are just as good as the men ! They should be able to take part. Olympic Cyclist, Lizzie Armitstead agrees!

 

 

 

 

Annabel

The Tour De France needs to be more inclusive!

 

 

 

 

Ace

Why is the Tour De France coming to Yorkshire?

 

 

 

 

Kick Ass MaracasLots of different places, like Scotland, bid to have the ‘Grand Depart’ which is the first three days of the Tour and Yorkshire won!

 

 

 

 

AnnabelThat’s great! Where will it be?

 

 

 

 

 

Kick Ass Maracas                   Stage 1 is on Saturday 5th July from Leeds to Harrogate

                   Stage 2 is on Sunday 6th July from York to Sheffield

                   Stage 3 is on Monday 7th July from Cambridge to London, finishing outside of Buckingham Palace

 

 

AceCan anyone watch?

 

 

 

 

Kick Ass Maracas

Yes! You can watch anywhere along the route and across Yorkshire, there are lots of great things happening, you can find out more on http://festival.yorkshire.com/

 

MalakI think this is a great way of encouraging people to get out on their bikes!

 

 

 

Ace ManAnd it will put the spotlight on Yorkshire and bring lots of money to the county!

 

 

 

 

Annabel

They should use the money to create better facilities for people with disabilities to give more people access to cycling and sport. Everyone should have the chance to take part!

 

 

 

A-team membersThe A-Team and everyone at CHANGE would like to wish all of the riders good luck this weekend, we will be cheering you on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour De France

Bring back our girls!

2 Jun

#Bringbackourgirls - protest banners made by people with learning disabilities at CHANGE

 

Ace

Hey gang, have you heard that over 200 school girls were kidnapped in Nigeria in April by a terrorist group called Boko Haram?

 

 

Annabel

What is a terrorist?

 

 

 

 

Kick Ass Maracas

Terrorists are people who may hurt other people to get their own way. They may use violence to force other people to do what they want.

 

 

 

Malak

They came in the night, we do not really really know how they did it, but they took the girls.

 

 

 

Kick Ass Maracas

The girls were taken because Boko Haram think that girls should not go to school.

 

 

 

 

Annabel

We’ve heard that people know where the girls are being held but that they cannot get near to them. We are very worried about them, the girls may be scared and they may not be well.

 

 

 

Malak

We want to know what is being done to find the girls!

 

 

 

 

Ace

We want to show our support for the girls. They have already shown they have strength and courage – we must show that we have too.

 

 

 

 

Kick Ass Maracas

Everyone has the right to go to school. It is important that the girls have this right and that they are returned. We want our government to help bring back the girls and to tell us what they are doing!

 

 

 

Malak

How can we show our own support for the girls?

 

 

 

 

Annabel

You can go on Twitter or Facebook and join in the campaign using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls and call for justice for the Nigerian School Girls!

 

 

KA Maracas

You could also make banners to show your support, like the volunteers at CHANGE.

 

 

 

 

#Bringbackourgirls banners made by CHANGE volunteers

#Bring back our girls banners made by CHANGE volunteers

A-team members

Together we can #BRING BACK OUR GIRLS!

I Never Admitted I had a Learning Disability………

31 Mar

The A-team is reblogging this Guest Blog by Shaun Webster, worker with a learning disability at CHANGE because Shaun is one of our heros.

Philipa at Changepeople

Shaun I am Shaun Webster, European Project Coordinator in CHANGE. I am a person with a learning disability. From my heart I feel very proud to be working in CHANGE. If I didn’t have CHANGE in my life I would be stuck in a dead end job with no power at all. I would be feeling isolated and small with no one taking any notice of me. Now I feel powerful and equal. In the past I used to despise having a learning disability. I used to hide it away. I used to feel embarrassed about it because people used to call me names and abuse me. My dad was embarrassed that I had learning disabilities. If I said that I had a learning disability I felt they treated me like a baby and a second class citizen. Now I am proud that I have a learning disability. I feel that…

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Pledging to make things better in the NHS

24 Mar
NHS Expo in Manchester last month - Innovation in Health and Care

People with learning disabilities tell it like it is at the NHS Expo in Manchester last month

Malak

I went to the NHS England Health and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester last week.

 

 

Ace Man

Oh, what was that like?

 

 

 

 

Malak

It was really interesting. There were lots of people taking part. There were displays and speakers, workshops and cafes.

 

 

 

 

Annabel

Why were you there?

 

 

 

 

MalakI went with our organisation. We were networking, taking part in group discussions and doing presentations. Some of our group got filmed talking about the work we do about involvement, co-production and people with learning disabilities. There was an area called Speakers Corner where people could take part in discussions about making the NHS better. People were invited to make pledges about how they are going to do this.

 

 

 

 

Ace

What are pledges?

 

 

 

 

Malak

A pledge is a promise to do something. People could write a pledge on a flag about what they will do or write or draw on a graffiti wall to share good ideas.

 

 

 

 

Annabel

I can think of a few things I’d like the NHS to promise to change. What about accessibility when I go to the doctor or hospital. I’d like them to pledge to make reception counters lower for people and think of people who are wheelchair users.

 

 

 

 

Ace

I’d like them to pledge to make the touch screen easier to use at the doctors – I can’t use it easily.

 

 

 

Kick Ass Maracas

I’d like them to make sure all the NHS staff get disability awareness training. They should learn about better communication and how to listen properly. They need to understand that everyone has different communication needs.

 

 

 

 

Ace Man

I want to be treated as a person – not just seen as my disability.

 

 

 

 

Malak

I think it would be good if they thought about giving people accessible information when they need it. You need easy-read information when you go home to help you with taking your medicine, as well as at the doctors.

 

 

 

 

Annabel

These are all things health and social care workers need to think about changing if they want the NHS to be people-centred. They need to listen to people with disabilities.

 

 

 

 

Ace Man

Pledges are good but you have to carry them out. It’s like the A Team. We have all pledged to raise awareness about accessibility and disability issues and we do it!

Personal Budgets – What does it mean?

10 Feb

Ace Man

I’ve been hearing a lot about Personal Budgets, what does this mean?

 

Annabel

Oh, I am just trying to understand that myself as everything is changing.  But it’s about getting money for the care and support I need.

 

 

Malak

I’ve heard it’s supposed to give us more choice and control so we can have a better quality of life – but I only know one person with learning disabilities who has a Personal Budget.

 

 

KA Maracas

Yes, but how is that different from Direct Payments? Are you still getting the money that you need?

 

 

Annabel

Yes I am but I can decide how to use it. It’s about me being at the centre of my care. I can decide what care I want and who’s going to provide that support and care. It’s personal to each person as everyone is different.

 

 

Ace

But why is that better?

 

 

Malak

It’s better because when services are planned they ask the person that who needs them what they want. Also health care and social care professionals are going to work together better to help each person.

 

 

Annabel

I think we might be able to use our Personal Budgets to get more involved in community life, which would be great, because I know lots of people with learning disabilities don’t feel included in their communities.

 

 

Ace

But how are we going to find out about Personal Budgets so that we understand what it is and know what help and support is available? I’ve never seen any easy read information about Personal Budgets.

 

 

Kick Ass Maracas

Neither have I. We need information about Personal Budgets that has pictures and easy words. This would help us to get the right information without relying on our social worker or our support worker to get it for us. Videos would help us to understand too. Then we’d have more power!

 

 

Ace Man

Has it made a difference for you, Annabel?

 

 

Annabel

Yes, I can choose what support I get and also change it to something else when my health changes. I have more freedom to get around because my transport fits round me rather than the timetable of the provider. This make me feel much happier because I am more independent.

 

 

KA Maracas

We will just have to see how it works out for different people as it’s a lot of changes to services and people are a bit worried about how it’s going to work for them.

 

 

Malak

I think we will need good support to understand the changes and how they will affect us. We need Peer to Peer support and training from other people with learning disabilities to help us understand what our rights are, what Personal Budgets are, how we get them and what to do if things go wrong.

 

 

Annabel

Oh, Peer to Peer and easy read information, wouldn’t that be great. I can feel the power!

 

 

2013 in review

6 Jan

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 35 trips to carry that many people.

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Co-production works!

17 Dec

KA Maracas

Hey Annabel, I’ve been thinking about Co-production a lot since we talked about it and it reminded me about my cousin Mary. She has learning disabilities and had a hard time a few years back. She had three kids and lived in a really rough area where there were problems with drugs and poverty. She didn’t get the support she needed and ended up losing her kids. She was devastated.

 

Annabel

 

That’s sad. So what happened?

 

 

 

KA Maracas

She got involved with an organisation called CHANGE who campaign for the rights of people with learning disabilities. They employed her as a co-worker on a project making an accessible book about pregnancy and birth. She was very happy to have a proper paid job especially doing work that was helping people with learning disabilities.

 

Annabel

 

That’s great.

 

 

 

Kick Ass Maracas

While she was working at CHANGE she was able to have enough money to get her own place and make positive changes in her life. She got pregnant again and when she left work she was able to keep her baby because she had made her life better and safer. She also knew that it was her right to get support to keep her child.

 

 

Annabel

That’s a really positive story about someone being involved in co-production and the difference it made to her life. We need to keep on pushing for change so people with learning disabilities can be employed in real jobs.

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