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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!

 

 

The Paralympics – 6 months later

26 Feb
Track event at London 2012 Paralympics

Track event at London 2012 Paralympics

Kick Ass Maracas

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  I wonder if the attitudes of British people about Disabled People have changed since the Paralympics?

 

Malak

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  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!

Annabel

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

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  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.

Aceman

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  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?

Abuse by Jimmy Savile – What a terrible story!

20 Nov
jimmy savile - child abuser

Jimmy Savile in his favourite t-shirt

Jimmy Savile - just how did he get away with it?

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.

why didnt anybody stop jimmy savile whilst he was alive?

 

I am very angry and upset about this, how did he get away with it?               

                          

  

Jimmy Savile had friends who also abused people and they all kept the secret together

                 

       

Because he had friends in high places who covered it up.                         

                     

the truth about jimmy savile and his cronies is disgusting       

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.       

   

it is hard for victims to speak up about abuse

        

A lot of the victims were disabled people, it is even harder for people who have learning disabilities to speak up about abuse.

               

  alot of the abuse happened in the 70s and 80s - people were'nt so aware of the threat in those days

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.      

      

The UK needs to help abuse victims speak up more

 

 In Britain we need to get better at helping victims to speak up about abuse.      

                                       

 

Let all disabled people support each other to tell 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

Bullying keeps disabled people stuck at home!

1 Oct
Annie Giles-Quinn, bullied because she was blind

Annie Giles-Quinn, bullied because she was blind

Annabel is pissed off about this

Annabel says:  I read a story in the paper about a blind woman who was bullied in the street by some men in a car. They threw eggs at her, shouted and laughed before they drove away. Use this link to read more about the story:

http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1586573_thugs-attack-blind-mum-with-eggs-in-harpurhey-street

Malak says disabled people need help when they are being bullied

Malak says:  I heard about this too, someone did help her because she was very upset. I think it is really important to say how good it is when disabled people get help when they are being bullied. It helps us to feel that we are not alone.

 

 

Ace Man

Ace says:  This lady was just getting more confident at using her guide dog to go out and about. Now she has been bullied like this she might be too frightened to go out. My friend Stevie is blind and she says:

“Many blind people get stuck at home because it is hard to go out if you don’t have enough help and if you are scared of being bullied. Staying at home all the time can make people feel depressed and sad, eat too much and get unhealthy, be bored and lonely and not get a chance to make new friends.”

 

KickAss Maracas is not happy

 

 

I’m unhappy about this; disabled people should have the right to go out!

 

 

 

Annabel

Yes! And this lady should get some support to help her build up her confidence to go out again and to be less afraid.

One Olympics for everyone!

25 Sep
The London Paralympics 2012

The London Paralympics 2012

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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!

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.

Family suffers hate crime ordeal from neighbours

29 May

Have you heard this story about a family targeted by their neighbours because their son is autistic?

  Have you heard this story about a family targeted by their neighbours because their son is autistic?

 

No, tell us what happened.

 

  No I haven’t. Tell us what happened.

 

Kylie and Aaron Sidney and their two children, Josh and Javanna, were victims of hate crime for over two years

 

  Kylie and Aaron Sidney and their two children, Josh and Javanna, were victims of hate crime for over two years.

Yes, I heard about this. They were calling Kylie and Josh really abusive names. The bullies also were smashing the family’s windows, doors and 3 of their cars

  Yes, I heard about this. They were calling Kylie and Josh really abusive names. The bullies also were smashing the family’s windows, doors and 3 of their cars. 

 

Ace

 

 

And they even put a firework through their letterbox! They wouldn’t leave the family alone and even held their cat hostage.

 

The family were very afraid all the time and scared to leave their home. This was very stressful.  Javanna was so scared she ran away and had to live somewhere else

  The family were very afraid all the time and scared to leave their home. This was very stressful.  Javanna was so scared she ran away and had to live somewhere else.

 

The stress made Kylie’s epilepsy worse so she was having 20 fits a day. This made it difficult for her to speak or move

 

 

  The stress made Kylie’s epilepsy worse so she was having 20 fits a day. This made it difficult for her to speak or move. Aaron had to look after Kylie as well as Josh all the time.

One day, one of the abusers was kicking the family’s door and shouting abuse. Kylie ran upstairs to call the police. Because she was so frightened she had an epileptic fit and fell downstairs and broke her back. Now she has pain all the time and has to use a wheelchair

 

One day, one of the abusers was kicking the family’s door and shouting abuse. Kylie ran upstairs to call the police. Because she was so frightened she had an epileptic fit and fell downstairs and broke her back. Now she has pain all the time and has to use a wheelchair.

 

The attacks on the family continued after Kylie’s accident and she refused to leave the house at all for four months.

  The attacks on the family continued after Kylie’s accident and she refused to leave the house at all for four months. The family were telling the police everything that was happening and they were supposed to be keeping a record for evidence. But the family felt like they were being a nuisance because they were reporting abuse all the time.

Ace

 

  The Police said it would be easier to move the family than to evict the bullies. Kylie, Aaron and Josh moved to a different home where they felt safer.

 

The stress made Kylie’s epilepsy worse so she was having 20 fits a day. This made it difficult for her to speak or move

  But the bullies were still harassing the family when they went out and about in the area. One day at the supermarket the abusers smashed the windscreen and doors of their car while Kylie was sitting in it. There was no CCTV evidence and the witnesses who saw what happened were too scared to speak to the police.

 

Despite everything that has happened Kylie has set up a charity called the Kylie Foundation to help other people who have experienced hate crime

  Despite everything that has happened, Kylie has set up a charity called the Kylie Foundation to help other people who have experienced hate crime.

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