Winter Issue now published

IN THIS ISSUE 32.2 – January 2019

Our Editor comments on how welfare is turning into ‘warfare against unlikely enemies of the state’  – “A picture emerges of bureaucratic persecution and hostility towards the most vulnerable and their families“.

Letters:  include one about a sister whose emotional wellbeing and mental health needs have been severely neglected in the LA push to save money with her inevitable deterioration and admission to hospital. Whilst Isabelle Garnett writes about how thrilled the whole family has been to read ‘our son’s football article’ in the Autumn issue – a young man who was judged to need for ever incarceration in an ATU  – until  they rescued him.

Charlie Callanan writes on Welfare rights: untangling carer’s allowance, explaining the complex rules around carer’s allowance with carers facing prosecution and having to repay benefits.

Legal: planning and purchasing – shifting the cost to the client Belinda Schwehr calls out three common tricks being played on the local authority side

Justice for parents and children Ali F Jabeen describes how the Elfrida Society’s Parents Project supports people with learning disabilities to be successful parents and makes some recommendations

A determined advocate Jackie Downer MBE, campaigner and advocate, talks to Sean Kelly about her life supporting other people with learning disabilities

All together now Rebecca Hodgson writes about a facility for adults and children with multisensory impairments and complex needs welcomes the whole community.

Music for all: Natalie Bradford decribes how the Music Man Project is taking out this message, staging concerts and offering lessons at home and abroad.

Taking a real break Amanda Topps describes her volunteering developing holidays which she sees as an important part of feeling equal to others, and accepted and valued in society – and offers great opportunities for friendship and fun.

Labels: a divisive power grab Chris Goodey talks about why terminology changes – and who benefits from this, seeing it as all about power and contempt, with psychologists and intellectuals in his sights

Who decides how best to live? Commissioners appear to be wary of placing people in Camphill communities. Andrew Plant asks whether ideological support for independent living is restricting choice of housing and if this is in people’s interests

A look back at Transforming Care: too damn complex in practice The official line is this programme been successful. Some may disagree, says Steph Thompson

Minimum income, major injustice Brian Collinge, a parent, shows how a freeze in minimum income guarantee is hitting those already at a disadvantage, and wonders if it could be challenged legally

Getting creative in commissioning Rose Trustam reports on the commissioners’ conference, where service integration and new models of service provision for an uncertain future were discussed

Going local with inclusive communities Robin Jackson looks forward and wonders whether adversity will make us look at how we live together and look after each other.

Historic deaths, difficult questions Jan Walmsley and Pamela Dale ask if past institutional deaths, often recorded as ‘natural’, can shed light on today’s tragedies and the attitudes that can cause them

Telling it like it is A darkly comic drama about raising a child with a learning disability is an honest, refreshing alternative to the usual family schmaltz, says Tracey Harding

Asperger’s Nazi past Michael Baron reviews a study that concludes Hans Asperger assisted in the Nazi euthanasia programme

‘Three generations of imbeciles are enough …’ Simon Jarrett reports on how a judge’s decision led to tens of thousands of people being surgically sterilised