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'Don't quack like a duck, soar like an eagle'

Is it just me, or do the Christmas and the New Year Celebrations seem like they were ages ago!

I’ve got quite a mixture of updates and stories for you this month, so here goes.  It was lovely to meet Mrs Caroline Peacock, the High Sheriff of Durham who visited the Centre for Independent Living last month.  She was very impressed by the building, but more importantly she was impressed by the services that everyone delivers here. (longest link – ever!)

As an organisation we continue to deliver the Ricochet and Project 65 ‘Tablet’ loan services, as well as facilitating the , so if you feel you would benefit from any of these services, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Here is a story about a 35 year old man with a Learning Disability, Autism and Epilepsy who was initially denied treatment for testicular cancer, until a GP saw the story on the BBC.  Shocking!

Do you think there are enough ‘Changing Places’ in the community?  Well, young mum, Sarah Brisdion doesn’t and she’s found an unusual, but creative way of changing attitudes and raising the profile of this important issue

What’s this? A Government U-Turn!  No way, I hear you cry – well it’s true!  This recent news story about how Ministers backed down on not paying people with mental health issues their correct benefit entitlement.  Please follow the link

Here is some more good news – the Government are considering widening the eligibility criteria and extending it to people living with Dementia and Autism.  Not before time if you ask me.  I guess it might cause some confusion to some members of the public who think ‘Blue Badges’ are only meant to be used by people in wheelchairs!  I hope the number of Blue Badge Parking Bays increase to allow for the additional users - ‘dream on’ I can hear you say!

Did you know that around 20% of the population have a disability, but only 1.5% of all local councillors are disabled people?  ‘Disability Wales’ say people with disabilities find it difficult to enter local politics due to negative stereotyping and inaccessible buildings and more should be done to change this.  Maybe I should have a go!!

Joke of the Month!  I went in to a pet shop. I said, “Can I buy a goldfish?” The guy said, “Do you want an aquarium?”  I said, “I don’t care what star sign it is.”

My wings are aching, the eagle has landed – see you next month!

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