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25th July 2016

If I Had A Magic Wand….

If you had a magic wand, what would your dream world look like for people with autism and/or LD and/or
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We asked a room full of people with learning disabilities, autism, and family carers…

“If you had a magic wand, what would your dream world look like for people with autism and/or LD and/or mental health needs?”

 

This is what they said:  This is what they said:

 

 

 

 

People with learning disabilities should be listened to.  People with learning disabilities should be listened to.

 

 

 

 

More worthwhile activities and opportunities to mix with peer group.  More worthwhile activities and opportunities to mix with peer group.

 

 

 

 

Immediate response when you contact someone.  Immediate response when you contact someone.

 

 

 

 

A fantastically set up respite provision to enable all to have fun.  A fantastically set up respite provision to enable all to have fun.

 

 

 

 

For people to have friends, things to do, places to go – a busy, friendly, safe society for everyone.  For people to have friends, things to do, places to go –

  a busy, friendly, safe society for everyone.

 

 

 

More general community interaction. Initiatives to bring people together –sports/cinema etc.More general community interaction. Initiatives to bring people together –sports/cinema etc.

 

 

 

 

Timely diagnosis and support that is person centred within strong, supportive communities. Timely diagnosis and support that is person centred within strong, supportive communities.

 

 

 

 

Welcoming, accepting communities.  Welcoming, accepting communities.

 

 

 

 

 Equity and inclusion in everything.  Equity and inclusion in everything.

 

 

 

 

A world where you don’t have to fight, every step of the way for your disabled child to get what everyone else takes for granted. A world where you don’t have to fight, every step of the way for your disabled child to get what everyone else takes for granted.

 

 

 

 Recruitment processes that don’t discriminate.  Recruitment processes that don’t discriminate.

 

 

 

 

More social places, and places to relax that don’t involve drinking and loud music. More social places, and places to relax that don’t involve drinking and loud music.

 

 

 

 

 Live independently, with the right support from professionals.  Live independently, with the right support from professionals.

 

 

 

 

No bullying. No hate crime. No demonization. Life less complicated. Everyone nice to each other. Everyone tells the truth. No bullying. No hate crime. No demonization. Life less complicated. Everyone nice to each other. Everyone tells the truth.

 

 

 

Local housing for independent living – near family home.  Local housing for independent living – near family home.

 

 

 

 

Easy read versions of all documents.  Easy read versions of all documents.

 

 

 

 

Having a safe place to go for help.  Having a safe place to go for help.

 

 

 

 

Being able to do things at your own pace and in your own time. Being able to do things at your own pace and in your own time.

 

 

 

 

 More job opportunities –get off benefits.  More job opportunities –get off benefits.

 

 

 

 

 Everyone would feel like they could follow their dreams.  Everyone would feel like they could follow their dreams.

 

 

 

 

The first step is to see a will and commitment to stop cuts and reverse current inadequate policies. The first step is to see a will and commitment to stop cuts and reverse current inadequate policies.

 

 

 

What would you do?  What would you do?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Life My Choice

MLMC is an Oxfordshire based charity with a national profile whose prime objective is to raise the self-esteem and quality of life for people with learning disabilities. They do this by campaigning, and providing volunteering, training, employment and social opportunities for its members. MLMC also work with other organisations to help produce information for people with learning and communication difficulties that is simple and easy to understand. Read more

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