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

You may remember from my blog last month that I said it would probably snow after Easter?  Well, here I am writing the blog for May and it's snowing outside!  Spooky!!

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) are looking for people to share their experiences of receiving care linked to conditions such as Depression, Anxiety and Stress.  The CQC are rolling out a public awareness campaign in the summer and they would like people to contact them about their experiences in relation to those mentioned.  If you would like more information, please follow this link:

or you can contact them directly by e-mailing your stories to

I wonder if many of you have been watching the recent BBC drama series 'The A Word' that follows the story of a family who have a young son who has just been given a diagnosis of Autism?  This drama got me thinking about what would happen if a person didn't get a diagnosis until they become an adult?  I did a bit of research and came across the following guide which helped to answer my question.  Please follow the link if you would like to know more -

As a person with a disability I wish I had a pound for every time I have been asked the question - 'Is it better to have a disability from birth, or to acquire one later?'  A recent podcast asked the question 'Would you ditch your disability if you had the chance?'  A number of Disabled People took part in a debate where they shared their thoughts and experiences of living with an impairment and it really is thought provoking.  On a personal note, I think it would depend on the mood I was in the day I was asked!  Follow the link to listen to their discussion:

Some of you may have seen on our Facebook page where we provided a link to a resource that offers guidance on completing applications for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP) The forms can appear to be intrusive and intimidating, but this link signposts you to 'Apps' that can help you get through the maze!

Have any of you visited the Centre for Independent Living (CIL), or been in the Burbank area recently and seen how the new CIL is coming along?  The work is really moving forward now and you can 'Follow the Build' here on the Hartlepool New website

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


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