On social media and in other forums, I meet a lot of people, especially disabled people, who are quite negative about their situation and I must wonder to myself, can people be possible? I strongly believe that attitude is everything and for example it is not often the amount of money that causes poverty but … Continue reading Can people be more positive?
Within social care many people including those in government talk about care and support like they are the same thing when I feel they are slightly different and relate well to my understanding of wellbeing and inclusion.In the context, I see care as maintaining wellbeing and ensuring people do not go backwards in terms of … Continue reading The difference between care and support
I believe it is so important to understand that rights are meaningless without responsibilities and what gives us our true freedom is to take responsibilities for our own actions as individuals.It could be argued that collectives are a mechanism for some to demand rights without a willingness to take responsibility for one's actions as individuals … Continue reading The refusal to take responsibility
I talk all the time about meaningful contribution to society but what do I mean and what could it look like? It is very clear I do not just mean employment but a much wider concept where it is about the effort someone puts in rather than the attainment.So it could also include education, employment, … Continue reading What could meaningful contribution look like?
When I think about how anyone should be supported, I think of the old Oxfam advent which explained people did not want fish to be fed but fishing rods so they can catch their own fish to feed themselves. There is what I call enablement. People also need to be taught how to use the … Continue reading Thank you for all the fish?
If you carefully examine much of the campaigning done in the name of disabled people you will find that much of it assumes disabled people are second class citizens and reinforces this. By this, I mean it is often generally portrayed that people with impairments are poor, unemployed and have low expectations.While in specific definitions … Continue reading Second Class Assumptions
I would like to see a society where nobody, especially disabled people, no longer feel sorry for themselves. I am not saying this is going to be easy but can't see why having a positive attitude can not be the norm.Being positive is not about smiling all the time or being passive but it is … Continue reading Making ‘poor me’ no more
A silent knight is someone who contributes good into the world in a way no one recognises or will ever realise. These are not so much unsung heros as unsung heros are public in their contributions and the value they provide is measured in a very middle class simplistic manner of how others perceive good deeds. A silent knight … Continue reading Silent Knights
I believe there is without doubt a difference between being a manager and a leader. Managing people is a skill which can be taught and can be carried out with or without passion. Leadership is the ability to inspire others and to take others on a journey with you as their guide.I do believe there … Continue reading Born leaders
M is for More and I always wanted more from life. For as long as I can remember I had high expectations and saw myself equal to my non-disabled peers. Going to university and getting involved with the opportunities offered to me was always natural to me. I was always aiming high and wanting to change … Continue reading M is for … More