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Thought on chronic pain and fatigue and the social model… Excellent points all… Dxxx

Tony Baldwinson

Some years ago there was a strong debate around whether the social model of disability was flawed because it saw all discrimination as created by society and, it was claimed, had no answer for disabled people who had personal experience of chronic pain and fatigue. There is a link to the initial discussion below.

What is it that society must do, it was asked, to remove the barrier of chronic pain and fatigue and thereby enable such disabled people’s full participation in society? Society could do nothing here to help, was the suggested answer.

In that debate, part of the alternative answer was that the social model is just that, a model, it is not the reality itself. As Vic Finkelstein said many years ago, a model of a house will vary depending on the context, such as being in Africa or the Arctic, but they are still both models…

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Xplan a brilliant idea for giving our children a way out of difficult situations… Dxxx

Bert Fulks

Friends, as most of you know, I get to spend an hour each week with a group of young people going through addiction recovery.  Yes.  Young people.  I’m talking teenagers who are locked away for at least six months as they learn to overcome their addictions.  I’m always humbled and honored to get this time with these beautiful young souls that have been so incredibly assaulted by a world they have yet to understand.  This also comes with the bittersweet knowledge that these kids still have a fighting chance while several of my friends have already had to bury their own children.

Recently I asked these kids a simple question:  “How many of you have found yourself in situations where things started happening that you weren’t comfortable with, but you stuck around, mainly because you felt like you didn’t have a way out?”

They all raised their hands.

Every single…

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How easy it is when you live in poverty to fall off the edge in to destitution… helped by government policy and banks policy. How insane is it to charge people who have no money extra money for being penniless… makes me so mad… we have forgotern how to see the people effected anymore… Dxxx

I'm a JSA Claimant

Food bank use is at record high says the headlines. Trussell Trust released figures recently that show that 1,109,309 three day parcels were handed out. The primary reasons are shown below.

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For nearly 3 years now I’ve been tweeting about food banks and the efforts made by local communities to support them. For almost 3 years I have shown examples of families who have needed them, some with dramatic stories that normally involve the DWP or another Government department not doing their job or being overly officious. For all that time I have tried not to become one of their statistics but now it has reached a point where I feel I have no choice.

Mine is not a headline grabbing story. Rather it is one of slowly getting into more debt, by a few pounds here and there each week. Since I went off JSA I have struggled to…

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Ecos from the past show those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones… D xx

Road To Somewhere Else

By Daniel Margrain

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Those who were paying attention during Yvette Cooper’s challenge for the Labour leadership would have been aware of the undisclosed £75,000 businessman Dan Jarvis contributed to the New Labour enthusiasts campaign.

The mainstream media didn’t pay much attention to that scandal at the time. Over a year later on September 24, following what columnist Fraser Nelson described tellingly as “the terrifying victory of Jeremy Corbyn’s mass movement” at staving off the coup attempt against him, the Corbyn critic and New Labour MP for Normanton, Ponefract, Castleford and Nottingley tweeted the following:

Congratulations re-elected today. Now the work starts to hold everyone together, build support across country & take Tories on

Clearly, a day is a long time for liars to avoid tripping over their own pronouncements. Less than 48 hours after her insincere message on Twitter, the Blairite MP…

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Excellent article from deaeper on the struggle with in the Labour Party… Dxxx

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Yet again Labour’s ever growing membership have got to vote again for who they want as their Party Leader. This has been already been democratically decided but yet again Labour’s loony right-wing progress members, who in my opinion are more Tory than Socialist, are demanding that the Leadership be voted on again.

Corbyn, yet again, is out and about stopping at every corner, talking to the real party members. This in my opinion is what a good leader should be doing not throwing around extremely idle promises around looking after the disabled or promising to have another referendum on leaving European Union.

The irony of what Mr Owen says is that he and his cronies voted for the cuts to disability, unemployment, NHS, “bedroom tax” and nearly all the austerity acts that this and the Coalition Government have put in place.

My MP keeps stating that she takes on all…

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Excellent blog post about the funding crisis for ASD in Cornwall… as i live here and my son starts his ASD pathway assesments next week this one is close to home… Dxxx

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this morning l have taken mum shopping and did the recycling. I’m probably no different to what most of the uk are doing right now. In the UK Sunday trading hours means the capitalist urge of consuming all of the planet’s resources in one day will have to stop at 4 o’clock  today(well you  always have the  internet to shop until your bank account is empty) of course income levels decide what people can or cannot afford  to spend and if you are a vulnerable adult in Britain , this means spending very little or next to nothing on just about everything and  this is where the real problems really begin when you talk about the future. The funding situation with Cornwall People First isn’t really a question about the charity itself but how people with learning disabilities are going to play an active role in the Duchy when the county has no money? (this question  relates to Autism…

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Happy Now?

Great article straight to the points… Dxxx

Katyboo1's Weblog

It is day four in the Big Brexit house.

I had hoped after Friday’s absolute catastrophe of a day that the country might somehow magically rally over the weekend. I mean, when you plunge your country into possible ruin on the promise of a golden future that will allow it to rise like a phoenix from the flames, you have a plan, right?

As it turns out, you don’t. The only person that seems to have any plan at all, and be acting on it rather than just spouting meaningless Churchillian rhetoric is Nicola Sturgeon, and I can’t even vote for her.

I was distraught and angry on Friday. I had hoped to feel better by today. Instead I am running on barely controlled rage and getting more enraged by the moment.

Here are a few things I am furious about:

Firstly, leave voters telling me to calm down. I’m sorry…

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My thoughts go out to this lady this kind of thing is happening all to often… Hugs huni your not alone… Dxxx

You've gotta have Gumption....

I’m sat here broken and sobbing.

I just had one of the most humiliating experiences a person can have, and the worst part?

It won’t be the last time.

It’s a sunny Tuesday afternoon. I’ve just had my hair done for the first time in a year; my boyfriend arrives tomorrow and we are off on holiday with the family at the weekend. I’m smiling, and excited as I park my van near my daughters school, ready to collect my children. In the playground Mums and Nans tell me how great it is to see me, and how good I’m looking after a week or so off the radar, poorly. It’s quite lovely, and their kindness and words mean the world to me, when I have been feeling so low.

I collect my youngest two, and meander back to the car, noticing a traffic cone on the pavement blocking my…

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Another 12th of May missed by me, i just dont have the energy to be WCA fit and have any kind of a life. Being found fit doesnt mean you are and the more i take on the more fit, folk think i am. That couldnt be further from the truth of pain and confusion led tiredness… just keeping it together by will alone… shareing this blog as a stab at compensation as its such a good article… take care folks… Dxxx

Utting-Wolff Spouts

Further disability cuts are on the way in the UK, as per announcement. Workfare instead of Welfare still sounds reasonable to the ordinary, able-bodied, so called hard-working citizen who has no experience of disability or chronic disease and who is fortunate enough to bumble along in a bubble of delicious, wonderful humdrum life consisting of office gossip. work lunches, decisions as to whether to buy a new car this or next year, and move to a nicer area as well as annual family holidays and expired yoga passes that need a top up.

No amount of awareness raising for a chronic, debilitating disease will poke holes in those lovely bubbles of normality. Maybe it is human nature, after all, compassion fatigue is an ailment of our times. Compassion fatigue is the underbelly of too much information about too many miserable conditions, humanitarian crises and natural disasters scourging societies. People who…

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The state of mental health services … Seems there are little or no services… Dxxx