As a group of people with learning disabilities we are horrified and deeply upset by the stories of people who are taken away from their families and placed in Assessment and Treatment Units far from home. It isn’t fair for people to be placed in units so far from their homes just because it is cheaper.
The stories we are hearing are heart-breaking. We are devastated to hear them.
Everyone has rights – we are human beings too.
We have rights to live where we want to live, to be close to our families and to be treated with dignity and respect.
When we read the Trading People report we felt let down by a system that doesn’t respect people with learning disabilities.
We want to see a totally different approach to supporting people with learning disabilities who need support. We, people with learning disabilities are not an opportunity for profit for a private company – we are human beings and our care shouldn’t be about money but about our family, our community, our friendships and our relationships. What we need in our lives should be built on compassion and our human rights.
We want to see no more of these big institutions and units being built.
We want to see all people with learning disabilities human rights being respected.
We don’t want to stand for it anymore – something’s got to be done!
We want to work with the right people to make this change happen.
Written by people with learning disabilities working and volunteering at CHANGE