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Wayne’s world: a friend and carer’s perspective

Wayne’s world: a friend and carer’s perspective

Providing support for a blind friend is about more than making sure he avoids obstacles, says Daniel Levene, as he prepares for the onset of his own blindness. When Wayne describes the day it's like he is describing a Rothko painting. “It's red with a thick band of yellow across the top and a thinner … Continue reading Wayne’s world: a friend and carer’s perspective

The Download: PAs, inspiration and disability arts

Guests Lisa Egan, David Hevey and Michael McGrath join presenter Paul Carter to discuss problems with paying PAs redundancy, the recently launched National Disability Arts Collection and Archive celebrating the battle for disability rights and why some people positively want to inspire others. Producer Ian Macrae http://traffic.libsyn.com/disabilitynowthedownload/The_Download_July_2016.mp3 Download the audio The Download July 2016 transcript

Care and the cost of the National Living Wage

Dr Lin Berwick has high support needs, which up till now have been met by the use of 24/7 home care. But following the introduction of the National Living Wage in April this year she’s been alarmed to discover that her care package is unravelling. Let me make it absolutely clear, I have always tried … Continue reading Care and the cost of the National Living Wage

Caring, parenting and points of pressure

Caring, parenting and points of pressure

June 6-12 is the annual celebration of Carers Week, highlighting a “campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.” But what asks Jane Renton if you have to fight even to get recognition as a carer in the first … Continue reading Caring, parenting and points of pressure

Institutional care creates institutionalised abuse

Institutional care creates institutionalised abuse

While Andy Rickell praises the principled stance of one politician, he still fears the law of unintended consequences when it comes to residential care. Rarely will you hear me praise any politician because rarely do they stick their neck out for a policy that would truly improve disability equality. So step forward Norman Lamb MP, … Continue reading Institutional care creates institutionalised abuse

Raised profile of mental health points up flaws in system in crisis

Ruth Patrick has identified some encouraging signs with more positive attitudes and perception of mental health, but under-funding and ongoing cuts to services shed a less positive light. For years, describing mental health as the ‘Cinderella’ of NHS provision was commonplace, an easy shorthand for the chronic under-funding and poor levels of mental health care. … Continue reading Raised profile of mental health points up flaws in system in crisis