The #justiceforLB campaign is taking hold.
Good. And a big up to the many people who are supporting it and driving it.
LB’s death remains non-national headline news? Kind of
totally jaw dropping. Given the context. An example of what the hell, consigne to the rubbish bin of life’. Worthless. Meaningless and unremarkable.
But, hey, how many “learning disabled” people make the news?
Who really cares?
I loved an earlier tweet suggesting we were a “bit too real and honest for delicate sensibilities” (@NitramNotram). I agree. We (talking on behalf of a brilliant, passionate group of varied individuals) aren’t constrained by using delicate language. We tell it like is. We try break through layers of indifference, shake up the lacklustre or misplaced focus of big charities and cut through the bullshit,
There has been a shedload (decades) of research, policy making, focus on the provision of “support” and “services” for learning disabled people. Talk of personalisation, direct budgets, choice and autonomy. And? Other than the odd dude, most people I know and know of, in “independent supported living” are being short changed, constrained, bullied and experiencing less than acceptable life expectations. Their parents, if they are still involved, are experiencing an ongoing battle to try to improve or maintain the level of care offered.
Completely shite provision/nonsensical, unwieldy, un-person centred, costly systems rule.
Check out Mark Neary’s blog to get a whiff of this in action.
LB died. He is dead. [Some word could feature here but I don’t have any]
We, as family have to try to make sense of what has happened on a daily basis. In agony, pain, distress, senselessness and outrage.
At the same time. Bizarrely, we’re ‘released’ from having to either schmooze or fear some (typically crap hole) service provision.