Blog from Steven Rose back in May for Learning Disability Today is well worth a read and reflection Steven asks where are we now? in relation to social policy that relates to and influences the lives of people with learning disabilities. He writes that:
‘With the exception of the failing Transforming Care programme there is very little active official social policy relating directly to people with learning disabilities. However, if you look at the unofficial reaction to the very circumstances that prompted the ill-starred Transforming Care programme, the Winterbourne scandal, then you see the seeds of change being sown. Once again it is the activists, the thinkers, the radicals – people prepared to question the status quo – showing a way forward’.
The third 7 days of Action is about money, business and the inpatient healthcare economy. It’s about a kind of business that is becoming increasingly significant and increasingly powerful. It’s about a new kind of trade and new kind of commodity. We did think we’d start this week by looking at the work we’d done in analysing the finances of the inpatient healthcare economy and by giving you an overview of our report A Trade in People: the inpatient healthcare economy for people with learning disabilities and/or ASD. But the problem with starting a week about people with statistics and budgets, is that you forget about the person and their experiences. So we are going to start this week by asking you to stop and think for a moment. We are going to ask you to imagine what it must be like to be detained behind the closed doors of an Assessment and Treatment Unit.
The problem is that many people with learning disabilities are not registered to vote. They may get turned away from the polling station if they don’t register by Monday 22nd May.
Easy Read Online have produced a downloadable easy read guide to registering to vote – download it here: http://bit.ly/2oD9qBV
Mencap also have a lot of information about voting, and why it’s important for people with learning disabilities to register, get involved in the campaign and make their voice heard, here: http://bit.ly/2pcoBWt
United Response have created an Every Vote Counts website, which includes easy read information on elections, voting and much more: http://bit.ly/2q66rmC
This is animation No 4 in a series of what are intended to serve as powerful reminders of what needs to change. The piece is set to a self-penned narrative which has been recited by a four amazing dudes. The voice at the start of the piece is Connor Sparrowhawk, taken from footage of him filming buses in Oxford.