Over the past few years, and especially in the last few months, I have been reflecting upon my experience of shared supported accommodation. Some experiences I have encountered within the service provision has developed a distinctive grey area. My own thinking, trying to get these events in some sort of focus, has mainly been done from my perspective as an individual pragmatist. I live within an environment where, in order to survive, I am dependent on standardised practices.
It has been eight and a half years since I moved into the shared support accommodation facility where I now reside. For socially conservative reasons, pertaining to cost-benefit analysis, there has been a significant, tangible and intangible failure of choice and control. For the past eight and a half years, continuously undergoing the strains of living in this group home has had a detrimental effect on me — as I have written about in previous works.
In seeking to treat all people with the same level of care and compassion, is it right to expect an equal outcome from all? Continue reading “A ONE SIZE FITS ALL POLICY DOESN’T FIT ANYONE”
NOTE: This is another one of my short articles that, among other things, gives expression to some or other aspect of my condition and the difficulties I face in getting these matters corrected. In previous articles about my physiology my concern is to describe the kind of progressive reduction that comes about under a degenerative muscular condition such as Friedreich’s Ataxia. Here I focus upon a problem with technology and how the problem interacts with my disability. I hope these articles can be helpful to others undergoing similar circumstances and assist carers and family members to devise creative strategies to overcome the persistent frustrations (P.G) Continue reading “Another possible submission to the Royal Commission”
The following is from a study was published in The Journal of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery:
“About 11-15% of patients with Friedreich’s Ataxia experience painful muscle spasms or muscle contractions, but little is known about the underlying processes that cause this complication.” Continue reading “The independence of Friedreich’s Ataxia and its relationship with deteriorating muscle spasms.”
August 7th 2017: Friedreich Ataxia’s News included the following definitions for Scoliosis and Heart disease—
Weakened core and leg muscles can lead to aggressive scoliosis or curvature of the spine in many patients.
Around three-quarters of people with Friedreich’s ataxia will develop some form of heart disease, usually hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which is when the heart muscle becomes thickened.”
My time in shared supported accommodation has had a significant impact on the deterioration of my disability. This attains to using the phrase ‘on a dunghill’ as a description of my life in a shared supported facility. This term of expression gives readers an idea of the ugly reality; of the helplessness, immobility, failure to speak and see. The loss of my control and dignity manifests as motivation to change the delivery of care in the disability sector. Continue reading “Job on a Dunghill”
Here is the poster my team and I have created for 6 and a 1/2 Years on a Dunghill: Life in Specialist Disability Accommodation. I believe the book contributes immensely to the current debate surrounding the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. Continue reading “Poster: 6 and a 1/2 Years on a Dunghill”
This review is from two of my most intellectually admirable and honourable friends, Christina Irugalbandara and Bruce Wearne.
It is such a joy for me to be asked to be the guest editor for Design for All, and I have invited a handful of incredible people to share their perspectives. First, my good friend Steffan Irugalbandara brings to the fore his beliefs concerning failure and the positive steps that may become issues from it.
Currently, I have many close friends who have migrated from Sri Lanka. This brings me to an article that I coauthored where we talk about my friendships, Sri Lanka’s devastating effects upon that country from the civil war and the tsunami which still has a profound effect upon the friends who have encouraged me in this article. That being said by way of introduction, we then look more broadly at Sri Lanka and people with severe disabilities.
Next is a book review from a dear and close friend of mine, Bruce Wearne. Bruce was there throughout every stage of this book and whenever I was in a situation where I was in need of help he was always there, a great friend. Bruce also follows with a brief writing on the social aspects of Friedreich’s Ataxia.
Next my good friends from the Friedreich Ataxia Clinic share their expertise in their respective fields pertaining to the care of Friedreich’s Ataxia. Professor Adam Vogel writes on the complexities of Friedreich’s Ataxia and speech therapy. Associate Professor Louise Corben highlights the strains on mobility that Friedreich’s Ataxia patients endure, and how they can be overcome with suitable, individualised disability equipment. Finally Professor Martin Delatycki gives background on Friedreich’s Ataxia for anyone who wishes to learn about the disability.
And finally, is my book’s abstract which basically runs along the lines of the dangers of organized care becoming careless.
Read it here: Design for All