I have had a busy summer and had little time to read up on what’s been going on in the wider world of social care, but here are two recent examples that have highlighted very different aspects of human rights for people with disabilities. This article went under the radar of mainstream press, but represents … More Two partial wins for disability rights.
This is a first draft of a chapter from my next book about working with people with disabilities. I’m trying to tel some stories about people I worked with, again to help others learn from. The book is in it’s very early stages so it will be a long time before it’s published. “I can … More Grant: A man who cannot be helped.
Jim’s story was originally part of my book “Being a Support Worker” I have many stories about Jim, he taught me more than anyone I’ve ever known. Jim is a whirlwind, a person with supernova levels of energy and joy, passion and enthusiasm. I started working with Jim when he was finishing school, he … More Jim
On 26th July at 2:30 am police were called in a town in Japan called Sagamihara, Satoshi Uematsu a former worker in the Tsukui Yamayuri En (Tsukui Lily Garden) care home for people with disabilities entered and murdered 19 residents with a knife and injured numerous others. He claimed it was a mercy killing, that … More Sagamihara: an indication of how Japan views people with disabilities
My first book is now available on Kindle, very pleased to finally have this out, you can purchase it at a very reasonable price here Being a Support Worker Based on 15 years experience working with people with Learning Disabilities, this book shows what I have learned and how this can help others.
The below piece was written some time ago to be part of my book about disabilities, I’m currently editing that book and reassembling it, and this piece didn’t quite fit in, but I still like it. This is important, if you consider this when supporting people you will have success, as much … More Sensory differences: The non-clinical explanation
Anyone who has worked with people with Learning Disabilities, Autism, Dementia, Mental Health or children (with or without disabilities) will have come across some behaviour that challenges. Many professionals are now phasing out the term Challenging Behaviour to be replaced by Complex Behaviour, which certainly applies for learning disabilities and Autism. Complex Needs is … More Coping with Complex Behaviours.
Second part of my series on Supporting People with Learning Disabilities. We now have a picture of what can make a good support worker, I should also address what I have seen that is wrong with support staff. Sometimes doing what’s wrong isn’t just the opposite of what is right. Sometimes it’s the things that … More Where Support workers can go wrong