When animals and prisons have more rights than those with autism and learning disabilities

The heartbreaking abuse of many Autistic children, and children with Intellectual (Learning) Disability or other additional needs, is happening in the mental health system every day. It is one of the greatest fears of every parent that a change of circumstances could see any one of our children suddenly entering this system. Miriam speaks eloquently and passionately for us all… I join her in refusing to accept this abuse of our children and in continuing to campaign for this torture to end…

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There are some blogs that tear me apart to write. This is one of them.

Today a government report was published with the title “The detention of young people with learning disabilities and/or autism.” You can read the report in full here: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/jt201920/jtselect/jtrights/121/121.pdf

I read about it in the press today and cried. My own child has autism and learning disabilities. He’s non verbal, epileptic and he is doubly incontinent. I am not ashamed or embarrassed to say that at times his care needs are extreme and I struggle. Reading the introduction Members of Parliament wrote to their own report was like reading a diary and a glimpse into a future that could so easily happen to my family. Could this be your story?

Too often the pathway to detention is predictable. It begins from before diagnosis. A family grows worried about their child. They raise concerns with the…

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Jesus Heals A Boy With Epilepsy: The Story From The Boy’s Perspective

In Mark’s Gospel we meet a boy who is described as having an evil spirit.  Reading the account, it is possible that this boy had Epilepsy, and perhaps other additional needs too.  So often we read the stories of the encounters that Jesus had with people through the words of first or second hand witnesses to … Continue reading Jesus Heals A Boy With Epilepsy: The Story From The Boy’s Perspective

What Kids With Special Needs Want To Tell Us And How We Can Help

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Why The Greatest Three Words Ever Spoken Are Also The Most Inclusive

So many great words have been spoken, or written, down through the years; so many that have stood the test of time and are still used today to inspire, to encourage or to teach.  Is it possible that there are three words that are greater than all of the others, and if so who said … Continue reading Why The Greatest Three Words Ever Spoken Are Also The Most Inclusive

Don’t Be Scared Of My Disabled Child – Guest Post

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‘All Inclusive?’ – The Video Collection

When I'm running 'All Inclusive?' training, I often mention the extra information that is available on video to supplement the person-to-person training content, or to give participants the opportunity to review some of what we've covered together. In this blog, I'm bringing a few of those video's together into one place, so that everyone can … Continue reading ‘All Inclusive?’ – The Video Collection

Who Are You Really?

Who are you... really?  Are you just our son, brother, grandson, friend?  Are you just a 17-year old young man?  Are you just Autistic?  Or with Learning Difficulties and Epilepsy?  Yes, James, you are all of these things, but are you just what people see you to be?  Are you so much more than you … Continue reading Who Are You Really?