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

So, ‘Freedom Day’ was moved back a little, England finally beat Germany in a major competition and ‘Pools got promoted back to League Two, not a bad June all in all! Hope you enjoy out latest blog, with a mix of positive and not so positive news, plus of course our now infamous ‘joke of the month’!

It was heartening to hear about a potential drug to support people living with dementia is undergoing trials in the United States.  The drug Aducanumab seeks to target the cause, rather than the symptoms.  Initial feedback is positive, but there’s a long way to go yet.

Unfortunately, here is a news article that should have gone away by now, but it keeps raising its head.  The article is about the number of people living with Autism and/or Learning Disabilities being held in inappropriate settings that are having a negative impact on their mental health.  Was the harrowing Panorama programme about Winterbourne View really 10 years ago?

What connects burlesque, body confidence, and people with hidden disabilities? Emma Donohoe meets the performers owning their sexuality and challenging perceptions. Through cabaret and burlesque they're trying to put together a show called DisabiliTease... The documentary is available to watch on BBC iPlayer. 

On the other side of the coin we have ‘Inspiration Porn’!  Yes, you read it correctly! This article discusses that imagery of disabled people is solely for the benefit of non-disabled people.  It got me thinking back to when I first set up Incontrol-able and appeared in an issue of the Community Care magazine, so on reflection, was it me just changing jobs, something that people do all the time, or inspiration porn?

Here’s a good question for you, ‘did the lockdown’s have any positive outcomes for you?’  Well, it certainly did for Ruby and other people with disabilities and/or long-term conditions.  Why not join in the conversation with your personal experiences #MyAccessiblePandemic

Thank you to Juli at Hartlepower for sharing this blog about the difficulties of upholding the Human Rights of Disabled People, whilst effecting positive change to Social Care, called Three Words, it really is worth a read. Oh, my three words – stop red tape!

We thought we would take the opportunity to use our blog to keep you informed and updated about our services and our involvement in the community: -

Did you know we are registered as #CovidCommunityChampions and we post regular updates of the latest guidance on our social media pages?

We launched our new service ‘Blue DICE’ on the 17th May in partnership with the Community Hubs.  As part of the initiative, we will be loaning ‘tablets’ to a care home in the town to enable residents to sign up to the ‘Borrow Box’ service and access eBooks and eAudioBooks. Remember, signing up to Borrow Box is quite easy and once you’ve downloaded a book in the format you want, then you don’t need access to the internet to read, or listen to it – so sign up, access the free internet in the Central Hub and enjoy your book wherever you want!

Please remember we manage the and identify appropriate and timely advocacy support to people who meet the eligibility criteria.

Here at Incontrol-able, we are proud to be part of CLIP and our aim to make Hartlepool a more inclusive place to live, work and visit.  We need people to sign up and share their lived experiences of the barriers they face, to enable us to work with organisations, agencies and businesses to start making a real difference in the town.  You can sign up by simply following the instructions from the highlighted link.  Just to highlight the importance of local organisations like CLIP.

Only yesterday the BBC shared their findings about the impact that the pandemic has had on the lives of disabled people and how they were forgotten.  Get your voice heard, don’t be forgotten, support CLIP and remember #OneCommunityAThousandVoices

Joke of the Month: I got my daughter a fridge for her birthday.  I can’t wait to see her face when she opens it!

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

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