I’m ending 2019 by looking back at some of the issues I’ve written about this year.
Generally, I’ve covered the good stuff we need more of and the bad stuff we definitely need less of.
Thanks to everyone I’ve worked with (quoted and not) about human rights, disability, learning disability, social care, equality, diversity and campaigning.
So here’s what we need more of and less of in 2020 and beyond, based on what I’ve written about:
1. More human rights and a proper community life for people with autism and/or a learning disability.
2. More of an ‘ordinary life’ for people like my sister, Raana.
3. More professionals putting people – like Nigel Hollins – at the centre of their care.
4. …on a practical level this means more professionals truly understanding that people and their families are usually the real experts in their own care. No lip service thanks.
5. More authentic representation of disability on stage, screen, in front of and behind the camera and in the audience.
6. More support and social care funding for autistic people and real, honest involvement of people and families in research.
7. Less social isolation so older and learning-disabled people really know their neighbours.
8. Less (or rather zero) health inequalities for people with learning disabilities, special educational needs and profound and multiple learning disabilities.
9. Less cultural and social prejudice towards BME and Asian disabled women.
10. Less assumptions that people like my sister aren’t interested in or capable of forming relationships of different kinds.
11. Less official reports that bang on about the same stuff we’ve known for years and that fail to actually make any difference.
12. Finally, ending on a positive note – here’s my awesome sister, Raana offering a glimpse into her idea of community with a short film she made with her support worker (spoiler alert: it’s not that different to anyone else’s).
- This post is based on a Twitter thread and reflects some of the issues that feature in my book, Made Possible, which is being published on 28 May 2020.