Category Archives: Disability

Camden People First

Julia went to visit Camden People First. She met with a group of people from a Learning Disability Hate Crime group and found a friendly and useful service. This is her report.  


Tucked away in Camden is Camden People First. Camden People First is a self-advocacy project run and led by people with learning difficulties.

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It’s a friendly and welcoming place where people with a learning disability speak up for themselves, make decisions about their lives, and take action to claim their rights.

Look at their website and you will see that they run a number of different projects as well as a fantastic Learning Disability Hate Crime and Mate Crime project.

Camden People First is also a reporting centre so anyone with a learning disability can talk to them about bullying and hate crime.

The Hate Crime Team  meets every Monday morning to talk about Hate Crime and Mate Crime. The group provides support to people experiencing hate and mate crime.  They also run training sessions for police and schools.

Dawn is the project co-ordinator.


 

Fear of bullying

Tonight, AbPhab members talked about bullying. This report is by Hayley, Georgina, Shannon and Shane.


Many young people worry about being bullied.

Some people are worry because they have been bullied and they think it could happen again.

Some people worry because their friends have been bullied or they have heard stories about bullying.

Bullying affects everyone: parents, carers, children, teenagers, young people and older people.

Bullying stops people from enjoying school or college or work. It stops people from taking part in activities which make life fun and rewarding.

Young people with disabilities or special educational needs are more likely to be bullied than other children. This means that thousands of young people are not getting the education they need. They are not getting the chance to reach their potential. This is terrible for young people and their families.

Who can stop and prevent bullying? You can.

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You can stop bullying along with the help of your teacher, parents or carers and your community.

Everyone needs to take responsibility.

yes Report bullying.

yesEducate yourself about disability.

yesEducate others about disability.

yesRemember you have a right to be safe.

There are some really good organisations who can help you make a difference and stop bullying.


My disability

One of our group members, Georgina, wants to work in film, television and theatre when she leaves school. Georgina has already started writing short pieces for performance.  Her material makes people laugh and think. Here, Georgina writes about her disability. She performed this work at school. 


The disability I have is cerebral palsy. This disability affects my speech, the way I walk and my physical appearance. Also, I fall over because I have poor balance. IMG_6885 My disability has good points and bad points. Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Well I’ll give you the good news. I get the best seats at concerts. When I go to theme parks, I get to go to the font of the queue. Do you? Another advantage is my mum can park her car anywhere she likes. Can yours? Well, these are some of the perks of having a disability. But it’s not all good.  Now for the bad news. Some people treat me differently and don’t think I’m as clever as they are. But who has more medals. You or me? Georgina I have medals as I represented the borough and came away with gold, silver and bronze. No bad for someone with cerebral palsy! Just because I walk differently and talk in a different way doesn’t make me a different person. I have feelings just like you. We are all the same, human beings. Just because I am disabled doesn’t mean you should treat me like a 5 year old. I am 13 years of age and I like music and drama and all the things girls of my age like – particularly One Direction. But Harry is mine so keep off. How would you feel if one day no one could understand what you were saying or you lost the use of your right hand? Welcome to my world. All I am saying is treat people with disabilities with the same respect as you would like to be treated. Love and peace. Georgina. If you’d like to more more about cerebral palsy then you can visit this website: http://www.cerebralpalsy.org.uk

Hacking Hurts

Social media is very important. Many people are worried about using social media because of cyber-bullying. This is a very real concern.  Neal reports on his experience. 

Listen to Neal here


Who I am

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My name is Neal. I am disabled. I have cerebral palsy. I also have a speech impediment. I have many skills. I like to empower young people to achieve their full potential. This is my strength.

What I do

I have been a community volunteer for 11 years now. I volunteer with AbPhab, DABD and the local authority.

Social media

I can’t tell you how much I rely on social media. It is such a good way to connect with my colleagues. It is surprising how many disability and other organisations are turning to social media. They are using social media to have a presence on twitter and to engage with potential members or clients with a disability. Disabled people need twitter skills so they can articulate what they need or want or think. Twitter is instant

What types of social media I use

I use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Skype.

My worst social media experience

I was hacked on twitter and it affected me badly because someone started posting things from my account but it wasn’t coming from me. It made me feel sick. I deleted my account straight away but I didn’t use Twitter for about 6 months because I didn’t feel safe. It meant that I couldn’t keep up with news and I couldn’t comment and read about important social issues.