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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.

Tricky Police Officers!

7 Aug

KickAss Maracas

   I am angry to hear about the bad police officers who have been sexually abusing women and children. The Guardian newspaper has been looking into this – you can read what they say on their website.

 

Ace Man

  Power Changer Trainers (www.changepeople.co.uk) talk about “tricky friends” – this is when a bully pretends to be their friend as a way to get away with the bullying. This is a bit like tricky friends – it is tricky police officers!

 

Malak

  I think we should sort out this problem by putting the bad police in prison.

 

Annabel

 

  I’m very worried about this because the police are saying they want disabled people to speak up about bullying. Hearing about this will make disabled people more scared that the police will do the opposite and not help them but bully them. Most police officers do not bully and they must be very angry about the bad police officers. I want to know what the police are going to do about this.

Abuse of authority by police and police staff, by police authority, 2008-2012

Disability hate crime – Report it to sort it!

18 Oct

Power Changers

Ace

 We went to a disability hate crime event at Mariners Resource Centre in Leeds.

 

Kick Ass Maracas

 Bullying is bad and wrong! On this day disabled people had a chance to learn more about it and how to get help.

Malak

 I went to a workshop about bullying and hate crime, there was a superhero called a Power Changer!

 

Annabel asks what a Power Changer is

 What is a Power Changer?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone can be a Power Changer!

A Power Changer is someone who agrees bullying disabled people is wrong and must be stopped

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Power Changer is someone who agrees that bullying disabled people is wrong and should be stopped. 

A Power Changer is someone who speaks out about our human rights, disability hate crime and equal rights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Power Changer is someone who speaks out about our human rights, disability hate crime and equal rights.

A Power Changer agrees that disabled people should be respected

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Power Changer agrees that disabled people should be respected. A Power Changer is someone who agrees that it is good to ask for help if they are being bullied

 

 

 

 

 

 A Power Changer is someone who agrees it is good to ask for help if they are being bullied.

A Power Changer is someone who supports disabled people who have been bullied

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Power Changer is someone who supports disabled people who have been bullied.  

A Power Changer has disability pride

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Power Changer is someone who has disability pride – this means they agree that disabled people are strong, beautiful and handsome. We have a lot to offer in our communities.  

 

So do you think a superhero will come and save me if I am being bullied? 

Malak

 Well, we know that in real life a superhero won’t stop us from being bullied! But there are things we can do to get help and we learnt about that in the workshop.

Being a power changer is all about giving more power to disabled people so that we can speak up for our rights.

 I heard that there are more workshops for disabled people, go to the CHANGE website if you want to find out more.

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