“Mommy, why do you have to go to work? It is summer!” Sorry, son, just doing some tutoring. Our kids are in for a rude awakening if they don’t become teachers cause all they know is that both their parents get summers off! I am doing a little tutoring this summer because some of my student’s parents asked 😊
It's Learning Disability Week 2018! #LDWeek18 this year is all about health and the experiences of people with learning disabilities when getting treatment.
Improving quality of healthcare for people with learning disabilities could be achieved through supporting healthcare professionals to increase their understanding.
For instance, did you know 2 in 3 healthcare professionals would like more training about learning disabilities while 1 in 4 have never had training on meeting the needs of people with learning disabilitie? More importantly, 45% of healthcare professionals think that lack of training may be contributing to rate of avoidable deaths.
It's simple adjustments that could really improve the overall health of people with learning disabilities.
🚧 How do companies remove barriers to their workplace? 🚧 Our Co-founder Tom Casson blogs about removing barriers to enable neurodiversity to flourish ⬇ http://wearehowdoi.com/news/2018/6/19/how-do-companies-remove-barriers-to-their-workplace
Something a bit different for Summer! 🏃🏻♀️🤸🏻♀️🏃🏼♂️ A Run in the Park with Josephine and Jack is a 10 week course starting next Thursday 28 June for adults with learning disabilities to enjoy getting fitter together, starting with some simple running techniques and finishing with a Park Run with lots of other people in Saltwell Park on 8 September! To book a place or for more info contact email@example.com or call 0191 261 555 #learningdisabilities#health#running#saltwellpark#gateshead#parkrun#fitness#firstrun#inclusivesport
"I have been attending #TheInclusionProject evening sessions for a year.
My favourite activities are the boxing sessions and the monthly trips to MODE night club in Hemel Hempstead for the #Mencap#LearningDisabilities evening.
I have made lots of new friends at the Thursday boxing session and we all get on really well. The coach Russell has taught me lots of boxing #skills and now when a new Participant joins our sessions I help to teach them. This has really improved my confidence and I feel really proud when I do this." Meet Callum our 2nd Participant in the spotlight for #LDWeek2018#TreatMeWell
Buttons was my emotional support dog that was never officiated as such.
The little nuances dogs have, that I adored in Buttons, that annoy me in humans, never bothers me with animals.
Buttons was my sweetheart. My first best friend and only best friend for a while.
I better talk about Rose. She’s getting impatient.
Rose is our Basset Hound that just turned 7.
Bassets aren’t known to be the brightest bulbs in the pack. If that’s the case, then Rose’s light is completely out.
But when Buttons died, I wasn’t the only one that suffered, that still suffers, that still misses her. From our dear mailman Regi who’s watched me grow up, to my parents, to my brother, friends. Everybody loved Buttons. She was a great dog.
Rose isn’t nearly given as much credit as she deserves. She slept with me when Buttons passed. She started starving herself and stopped playing. So we sat together.
Suddenly, I wasn’t just talking to Rose, our Basset, silly ol’ Rose. I was talking to my friend. And that friend was listening just as intently to me as Buttons. If not with more interest because Rose finds it hard to grasp the simplest of subjects, much like me.
So now Rose is an officiated Emotional Support Dog. She can now accompany me anywhere and everywhere if I want.
The things that annoy me, overwhelm me to the point that I disengage from the social conversation, are less. They’re still there, but Rose comforts me like I comfort her.
I am NOT asking or wanting PITY. I am NOT seeking attention. I AM NOT BROKEN. DON’T YOU DARE TREAT ME AS SUCH.
Jon, my brother, died. Buttons died after him. 2 horrible blows. I had no constant when she died.
But Rose is here, making sure I’m here. And @hojorva is here, accepting all of this nervous, shy, introverted, depressive, old soul of a gal for who I am.
I’m speaking for EVERYONE who deals with, has dealt with, or will deal with someone like me. If you are like me, but are afraid or can’t speak out, I hope these posts have helped. We MUST openly talk about everything I just have. THERE IS NO SHAME IN HAVING AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL!!!! OR 2!!!!
An open letter to my supports,
I don’t know if I would be the same without you. I would like to think I’m safe. Safe from depression, anxiety, dyslexia, autism, and ADHD but truthfully I’m not safe at all. I just learned how to be really good at fighting...mostly because I’m worth the fight. You taught me that. You didn’t let me become dependent and use you as my crutch, you made me get up and do it on my own with your support. I recognize People die from the same problems I face but because of you that’s not even an option. I’m saying all this to say, I’m going to need you again in those same ways and I’m going to need you to rush to my aid like you did once before. Remind me who I am, and who’s I am. Hold and rock me like I’m two just like before. Take me out for ice cream like that’s going to make it better and look me in my eyes and say, “By any means necessary WE are going to figure this out.” Promise me you won’t let me go just because I’m doing really good now. I still need you.
This was Buttons.
This is Rose.
Every time I talk to someone, it’s never just a simple little chat.
For one thing, I HATE small talk.
But being introverted, shy and frankly not interested in what people have to say in small talk, well small talk is what I inadvertently seem to allow myself.
It has been pointed out to me as well, that I tend to get extremely annoyed or even angry over the smallest little nuances within a conversation.
The way someone is standing when they’re talking to me, the way they say something. I can just tell exactly what they really mean by what they don’t say. Little taps of their fingers, a sweep of the hair, a breath they take. I notice every detail besides the actual conversation.
(I’m like Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock). All of these details add up to what I gather to be an unfulfilling and wasted few minutes with someone who’s making small talk with me about something I don’t even care about and have to listen to out of politeness.
But with all of the deaths, OCD’s, learning disabilities, growing pains, name calling etc, etc. one thing would NEVER CHANGE.
I came home to Buttons. Every day. That’s her in the first picture. She was half black lab, half English Pointer. She loved playing with that stupid deflated soccer ball that she sank her teeth into from childhood.
Buttons would come up behind me when I was on my bed crying, and she’d sniff sniff sniff....then hop up, curl up, groan contentedly and nuzzle her muzzle next to mine and lick my tears. I would grab her and cry into her neck. I told her everything I was feeling.
When I’d wake up every night from my chronic nightmares, she be there, sniffing, awake, alert. I kid you not, she would then gently put her paw on my heart. My heart rate dropped so much it hurt.
The day she died might as well have killed me too. It’s been 6 long months after 8 1/2 long years of depression, anxiety, OCD’s, learning disabilities everything I shared with her. She would bark until I got out of bed. She waited while I sat on the toilet. She nudged me to the fridge. She ate with me. She slept with me. She died in my arms.
These guys are so inspiring! Do have a look at @interestlink_borders work. This is a project that should exist everywhere. And with bubbles of course 😄
Regrann from @interestlink_borders - Giant and enchanting bubble making tonight at our children’s session! Even our taxi drivers gave it a try!! @drzigs #learningdisabilities#volunteering#befriending#charity
The medical definition of sickle cell disease – a group of inherited red blood cell disorders caused by abnormal hemoglobin, called hemoglobin S or sickle hemoglobin, in red blood cells – does not come close to describing the condition from the patient’s perspective.
Sickle cell disorders have devastating effects on patients and their families. Patients often experience recurrent episodes of excruciating pain, or sickle cell crisis, debilitating fatigue, infections, cognitive disorders, strokes, a life-threatening condition called acute chest syndrome, and damage to their vital organs, tissues, and bones.
In some patients, the disease may trigger frequent and very painful sickle cell crises that require hospitalization. In others, it may cause less frequent and milder attacks.
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Learning Disability Week 18th - 24th June 2018.
This year I back @mencap Treat Me Well campaign. Every year upto 1200 with a learning disability die in our NHS. A simple reasonable adjustment can help save the lives of people with a learning disability.
So please @theresamay support this campaign. Changing a 15 minute appointment to 20 minutes, training nurses with awareness, scanning hospital passports etc can save a life.
Behind every disability is an ability to live a fulfilling loving independent life. I am priviledge to go to work daily and empower individuals with a learning disability. Join this great cause and start making a difference today.
It's day two of Learning Disability Week! This year's #LDWeek18 focuses on health, with hopes of increasing awareness of the needs and problems faced for people with learning disabilities.
For instance, did you know 1200 people with a learning disability die avoidably in hospital every year? This is due to the unequal healthcare that many people with a learning disability receive for a number of reasons (e.g. lack of understanding for the patient or medical professional)
Options believes people with learning disabilities should receive the same level of healthcare treatment as everyone else.