People with learning disabilities should not be tarred with the same brush as people with a physical disability and a normal IQ.

Posted: 25/11/2012 in DISABILITY, POLITICS
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My husband and I were watching BBC Parliament when they were discussing people with learning disabilities that live in care homes and the abuse that they were receiving at the hands of the ‘carers’ but that the care homes were monitored, obviously not closely enough (or they knew and turned a blind eye, because people with learning disabilities are unable to make a complaint themselves and even if they do they are not listened to.) Or BBC’s Panorama wouldn’t have had to go undercover at Winterbourne House to reveal the truth.

Then in the next sentence the MP’s said that they wanted these people to go out and work.

These people are obviously not able to live fully independently, then how could they possibly work, and when they are being abused in the ‘care’ homes, what is there to stop them from being abused at work, disabled people are scared to try to make a complaint because of the backlash of consequences afterwards.

Our government are not concerned with people’s health problems, vulnerabilities and disabilities all they are interested in is getting them out to work.

I thought that the reason to work isn’t only to contribute to society through taxation and National Insurance contributions, but to improve one’s standard of living as one gets older, by working your way up the company’s ladder.

So they’re saying that it is perfectly okay for a disabled vulnerable person to get a minimum paid job, which is all someone with a learning disability could expect (lets be realistic here), and at the same time someone with a physical disability could also get a job doing the same thing for the same wage at the same company. Yet the physically disabled person with a normal IQ could and probably would eventually work their way up to say ‘supervisor or something’ and get a higher wage but the person with a learning disability can only look on, feeling useless and worthless while their colleagues all work their way up leaving the learning disabled person stuck in the exact same job for life.

My vulnerable husband and others with learning disabilities were forced to endure things like government schemes that put people with learning disabilities on a factory production line doing repetitive work when he was younger for very little money, it was basically slave labour and he had no choice but to do it, he felt raped of his dignity. He attended a school for disabled children but was unable to access the curriculum due to his cognitive impairments, he is not able to read at all and is colour blind and cannot remember names, phone numbers or addresses, is unable to use a phone, washing machine, DVD recorder, Sky TV menus or a microwave. He needs help constantly and cannot remember a list of commands of what is required of him in a work situation.

People like myself who have a physical disability and a normal IQ want society to treat us no differently to able bodied people, however, people with learning disabilities ‘problems’ can’t deal with normal social situations ie; the work place.

Therefore, people with learning disabilities should not be tarred with the same brush as people with a physical disability and a normal IQ.

There is, rather unfortunately, a trait within people with learning disabilities, in that they are what you might call ‘pleasers’. They like to please others, and say yes to all sorts of things and some social workers and care/support workers take advantage of them. If a learning disabled person does try to stick up for themselves and gets frustrated by the lack of empathy from social workers etc and then bang a table or raise their voice just to try to be heard because they know that no-ones really listening to them and taking their complaint seriously, then social services just say calm down and ask if they want to see a psychiatrist and class them as mentally ill, when they are mentally disabled and vulnerable. They are blackmailed to calm down because they are scared of the consequences. Learning disabled people’s voices are very rarely heard and these vulnerable people get shunted from pillar to post like sheep, often with very little say in anything about their life.

Someone who ‘flips burgers’ who got no exam results can still go to night school or college to get exams, they can still work their way up or leave and get a better job, they can still better themselves.

My husband can’t read the computer screens that tell the cooks how many burgers to ‘flip’ and can’t remember a list of commands ie; an order of food.

When there are no more disability benefits which are supposed to give a disabled person a better standard of life to that which they could achieve for themselves then don’t bother going on protests to keep your motability car because you are normal and don’t need to be propped up by this wonderful charity. People fought for many years to get support and now no one cares about it.

People don’t understand learning disabilities, if your brain don’t work properly then it doesn’t work…end of!!! You can’t push yourself to do better, you try, but end up feeling very frustrated and useless because your brain can’t do it….you end up feeling abused by people trying to push you to do better, but if this is the new model of society then there is a very bleak future in store for those with a learning disability ‘PROBLEMS’, my husband is a very loving, caring man and I wouldn’t be without him.

My husband is unable to read or write at all and could not put his views across on here without me to write it for him!

With regards to whether or not we have a choice to work, when already faced with adversity due to impairments, mostly we do currently have that choice, to a point. Yet if the government get their own way with all the new proposed changes to disability benefits and work ethics then we will not have any chance of having a choice. All disabled people will have to work.

On a Sky News report Friday 31 August 2012:
{{{“Disabled and anti-cuts campaigners have been rallying all over the country for the last week because they claim the tests for people on disability benefit by the IT firm and Paralympics sponsor Atos are “damaging and distressing”.”

Molly Solomons, a spokeswoman for UK Uncut, said around 150 people had taken part in the protest at Atos’s headquarters, with a further 30 moving on to the DWP building.

She said: “We are doing this to highlight that Atos, a sponsor for the Paralympic Games, is receiving £100m from the Government in the hope they will assess people with disabilities and get them off benefits.

“This is due to a political and ideological choice which harms disabled and sick people, not an economic necessity.”

On Tuesday activists cut off traffic with a road blockade in Cardiff and on Wednesday they delivered coffins to Atos.”}}}

These coffins were to represent the people who had either committed suicide or had died from heart attack or other stress related deaths which have been directly attributed to the new work capability tests being a contributing factor.

My husband just said after I read him the above news report “What are they going to say next?; ‘lessons have been learnt.’ But at what cost, how many more disabled people will die? and all they will say is ‘lessons have been learnt!’ or will they let it continue? They will get away with it because they are the government, once they make something into legislation then it is law and we are screwed”

We look forward to hearing your views on this topic…

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