Monthly Archives: November 2015

I love my disabled sons, but raising them can be unbearable

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/family/i-love-my-disabled-sons-but-raising-them-can-be-unbearable/

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Talk to Housing and Support Alliance Independent Living conference

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Absolutely cracking conference put on by the Housing and Support Alliance today. Real unity in the room that we need to fight for the right to independent living in these challenging times.

My slot was given the title ‘Rights are more important now than ever’. This is roughly what I said:

What’s the point of people with learning disabilities having legal rights? Some people (including I suspect some lawyers) don’t think that this area of law is ‘real law’. On this view, local authorities and NHS bodies should just be left to get on with providing whatever support they think they can afford, perhaps subject to inspections from official bodies to make sure things don’t get too bad.

But in the 21st century as a society we don’t think that’s good enough. Instead most of us sign up to a view that everyone, including disabled people, has fundamental…

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