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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!




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?




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




Oh, that sounds brilliant!




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!




I’d like to be involved in that!




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.




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!


A Judge says that a man with Learning Disabilities is to be sterilised

3 Sep

Malak has heard that a man with learning disabilities is going to be sterilisedMalak

Did you hear about the story in the news where a judge said that a man with learning disabilities is to be sterilised.





Annabel has also heard the news about the man being sterilisedAnnabel

Yes, I heard that.  He is a 36 year old man with learning disabilities who is from the Midlands.  He is in a long term relationship with a woman who also has learning disabilities. They love each other very much and had a son together in 2010.




KA says the man did not want to have any more children because it is too hard for him and his girlfriend to look after themKickAss Maracas

The man said that he did not want any more children as he would find it too stressful and that having a child has already been hard for him, and his girlfriend and their families to cope with.





The man is able to give consent to have sex but isn’t able to make decisions around using contraception.  This meant that the case had to go to a high court to make sure a fair decision could be made about whether the man should be sterilised or not as he was unable to make the decision himself.



Ace thinks cases like this should be looked at very carefully by the authorities so that decisions are made in the best interests of men like thisAce Man

It’s really important that cases like this are looked at very carefully so that decisions can be made in the best interests of the person it affects-in this case the  man.





Annabel points out that the situation affected the man's girlfriend and their families as well

It didn’t just affect the man; it affected his girlfriend and their families!




Ace explains that before the sterilisation, the two families had to keep the man and woman apart so they didnt get pregnant again. This was stressful all round.

Their families got involved and tried to keep the couple apart.  This was to make sure that they weren’t left alone together as they were really worried that the girlfriend might fall pregnant again.  This was a difficult thing to do and was very upsetting for the couple to be separated.




This really screwed up the couple's sexlife

It really affected the man’s independence as it meant that he wasn’t able to see his girlfriend alone and took away the couples right to have a loving relationship.




Now the couple can see each other without worrying about having another baby that they found too hard to look after

I agree and I think that in this case it was good that judge decided that the man should be sterilised as it meant that the couple could now have a happy, loving relationship without the worry of the girlfriend falling pregnant again.




Annabel thinks this is better than sterilising someone without their consent

It’s good the case went to court as we don’t want to go back to the days where people don’t get to decide themselves and are sterilised without their consent!

Will Disabled People be worse off? Changing DLA to PIP

12 Mar
Disability Living Allowance Demonstration

Disability Living Allowance Demonstration

Ace is worried


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.

Malak is frightened about going for a DLA assessment

 ear1sml  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's another attack on disabled people

 ear1sml  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.

We have to fight against the cuts

ear1sml  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.

The Paralympics – 6 months later

26 Feb
Track event at London 2012 Paralympics

Track event at London 2012 Paralympics

Kick Ass Maracas


  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!


ear1sml 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.

KA Maracas


  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.

Disabled people across the country will have more opportunities to get involved in sport after Sport England announced 44 projects that will benefit from £10.2 million of National Lottery funding from its Inclusive Sport fund. The fund will help tackle the opportunity gap that sees one in six disabled adults playing sport regularly, compared to one in three non-disabled adults.

Have attitudes towards disabled people changed since the Paralympics?

The Police and Crime Commissioner Elections

13 Nov
Police and Crime Commissioner Elections - November 15th 2012

Who will you vote for?

My name is Malak



Malak says:

Have you heard about the Police and Crime Commissioner  elections?



Kick Ass Maracas


KA Maracas:

What is it about?   



                          Ace knows what is going on

 Ace says:

Police and Crime Commissioners are people who can be voted in to manage and check how the Police do their jobs.


Annabel - the boss



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 should we bother to vote?


 Why is it important and why should we bother to vote?



It is important


It’s important because each person who might be elected has different ideas about things.



Choose someone who supports equal rights


So it is important to choose the person who supports equal rights, disability rights, women’s issues and knows about disability hate crime.


 Your vote will make a difference

So it’s important to vote because your vote will make a difference. To find out more about the people in your area you can vote for, go to this website:

or you can telephone  0800 1070708  for more information.

Police & Crime Commissioner Elections to be held on Thursday 15th November

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!




One Olympics for everyone!

25 Sep
The London Paralympics 2012

The London Paralympics 2012

kick ass maracas SPEAKS!

I’ve been watching the Paralympics and it’s been great to see all those sporty disabled people showing the country how good they are!


 Annabel went to see the wheelchair racing

I went to see the wheelchair racing, it’s been so exciting!


Hurricane Hannah Cockroft

‘Hurricane’ Hannah Cockroft

Malak says ONE OLYMPICS FOR ALL - disabled and none-disabled alike

Yes it’s been great but I think there should be just one Olympics – lets join them together and then we can all join in!


Equal rights for all!


That’s a brilliant idea! Equal rights means we all work and play together. Everyone can have a sporting chance to enjoy life and sports – it’s our human rights!

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