SECTION 1- Tony Blair's statement
I have listened to the message from Tony Blair and I am very impressed
with what he had to say about people with learning difficulties and the
discrimination they are facing in their lives.
SECTION 2 - From Service Users
People with learning difficulties are looking at the importance of better
links with employment, transport, leisure and housing.
Not all service users are able to work and those who can, want to know
what kind of job they will be placed in and the support that will be
given to them.
Service Users Advisory Groups and groups like HAMHP
helped people with learning difficulties over the years to have a voice
but few are listening.
I have seen lots of changes in Local Councils over the last 5 years.
This was not good for some people with disabilities. Some things remain
the same but others who shout the loudest get heard and move on.
Leisure, transport and housing are our main concerns. Not everyone can
get around without help. I have noticed that the buses have tail lifts
for those who are capable of using them. But without the help of the
public or a conductor this can be very difficult.
SECTION 3 - Introduction
Users support all kinds of advocacy and help for people to
I want to know where these groups will be based and have access to a
phone number with a person to answer at the other end. Not just an
SECTION 6 - Support for your parents and carers
For Older Carers there should be an agreed plan and a
person-centred approach. When one is no longer able to care there should
be more support.
Older carers need lots of help. There was a time when there was a base
where they could go for help, but like so many groups this was
What makes us so sure that anything will work? But it is good to see it
on paper. Let's wait and see.