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3 days ago

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Fantastic news Joshua having beaten cancer after endless treatments and long may your good health prosper! And now being named a hero for 2020 by Relay for life Luton is more fantastic news. Kindest regards to you from all at Homeleigh Country Cottages in Wales. 🤩🌞🌈🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 #hospiceukeventgroup #tripabilityaccesstraveltalk #holidaysfordisabledpeople #accessibleforall #peoplefirstthemovement“To be selected as a Global Hero of Hope is the most incredible honour and being recognised amongst all of the other amazing heroes is truly a humbling experience. I hope that I do Cancer Research UK proud, as it’s thanks to CRUK and the work they do that I’m here today. In August 2017, I was diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma, after having multiple scans it was discovered that the cancer had spread. I started chemotherapy treatment over the next couple of months – I was in and out of hospital several times after becoming really ill. In December 2017, I was giving the news that I was in remission. I’m eternally grateful for all the support I received.” Joshua from Relay For Life Luton is one of our UK heroes for 2020! A huge thank you to Joshua for sharing his story with us and for inspiring others to get involved and help us beat cancer. ...

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3 days ago

Homeleigh Country Cottages

They are children, sometimes funny, happy or sad, but always very loveable. Kind wishes to all disabled children from everyone at Homeleigh Country Cottages in Wales. 🌈🥰🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🤩 #kidswithspecialneeds #holidaysfordisabledpeople #specialneedsholidaysanddaytrips #accessibleholidays #accessibleaccommodationpembrokeshire ...

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4 days ago

Homeleigh Country Cottages

Just perfect #disabledaccessholidays #wheelieinspirations #accessibilityforall #accessibleholidays #specialneedsholidayanddaytrips 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🤩👌 ...

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4 days ago

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5 days ago

Homeleigh Country Cottages

Now there's a sensible bit of advice. Kindest regards to all disabled people from the team at Homeleigh Country Cottages near Tenby. 😍🤩🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 #accessibilityforall #wheelchairlife #accessibleholidayswestwales #learningdisabilitypride #peoplefirstthemovement ...

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Come along dear time for a dip now the sun is shining and that nasty weather has gone away. #tripabilityaccesstraveltalk #ukwheelersunite #disabledaccesscottagewales #disabledonholiday ...

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6 days ago

Homeleigh Country Cottages

Fantastic news and cheers to Car & Ali 🥂🌈⭐️ from Homeleigh Country Cottages Wales #learningdisabilitypride #disabledonholiday #peoplefirstthemovement #accessibleforall #accessibleaccommodationpembrokeshireYOU DID IT! thanks to everyone who contacted their Assembly Members & Welsh Government ministers to raise their fears about funding for the Wales Learning Disability 📞 . We have heard today that the Welsh Government has offered to fund a new enhanced Wales Learning Disability Helpline with three regional caseworkers working across North, Mid & West and South & East Wales. The new Helpline service will be open more hours and be able to support people on bank holidays. Car & Ali would like to say cheers everyone! 0808 8000 300 - information.wales@mencap.org.uk - Diolch o galon i bawb. ...

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7 days ago

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Big pat on the back Jeffrey for having a positive approach to life and work. Kind regards to you from everyone at Homeleigh Country Cottages Wales. #accessibleholidayescapes #learningdisabilitypride #disabledaccesscottagewales #disabledaccesscottagepembrokeshire #disabledholidaycottageswetroomswales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🌞😎EVERYONE has the right to CHOOSE WHAT THEY DO FOR WORK. 💪⠀
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Here’s Jeffrey and his mentor @curtstacy joining forces to clear the aisles of the barn. This is one of Jeffrey’s FAVORITE CHORES. These days he’s leaning into support less and less and completes many of his work tasks and barn chores UNASSISTED. ⠀
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Jeffrey is MOTIVATED. As he continues to volunteer at #teamfpc he is learning VALUABLE SKILLS and ADDING EXPERIENCE to his RESUME! Jeffrey is working longer shifts AND he is beginning to groom after completing his barn chores.⠀
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When IMAG met Jeffrey we learned that he encountered negative employment experiences that led him to wonder whether or not the IDEA OF WORK could be a reality. IMAG was up for the challenge and identified several environments that would be understanding and present Jeffrey not with new challenges per se, but challenges that HE WELCOMED. ⠀
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We. Create. Opportunity.⠀

#includemeinnashville #equinetherapy #barnlife #teamworkmakesthedreamwork
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7 days ago

Homeleigh Country Cottages

Always, each and every day x #disabledonholiday #peoplefirstthemovement #accessibilityforall #accessibleholidays 'accessibleholidayescapes #specialneedsholidayanddaytrips #accessibleaccommodationpembrokeshire 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🌞🤩 ...

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1 week ago

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Really can't see the problem here, we all have to learn how to "swim" in water or in life. Kind wishes to all people with Down syndrome and all disabled people also. 😀🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🌞🤽‍♀️🤽‍♂️ #learningdisabilitypride #peoplefirstthemovement ##accessibilityforallLet's say I want to learn to swim in High school. My parents are excited about this and also want me to learn to swim. The people who teach swimming have met me and see that I have Down syndrome. They think swimming will be hard for me. They decide it is in my best interests to take this slow and really assess the situation.

The first year they show me videos about swimming and review social stories about proper etiquette in a pool.

Second year they take me to the pool deck and let me watch other kids swim for a few minutes at a time, as they do not want to overwhelm me. They let me practice swim strokes in my classroom but are not ready to put me in the pool.

Third year they let me dangle my feet in the pool and get wet but they are sure I'm still “not ready” to go all the way in the pool as something could happen to me. I could flail around and drown or I may refuse to get out of the pool.

Fourth year they start tracking my behaviors in the pool area because I get so excited. They decide I may do something unsafe so they start limiting my pool deck time and determine I am still not ready for the responsibility of getting in the pool.

Graduation comes, and I have not learned to swim. I go to a neighbor’s house two weeks after graduation and while no one is looking, I jump off the diving board in the deep end and nearly drown. Thankfully, my observant neighbor rescues me!

Moral of the story: you have to get in the pool if you want to learn to swim. It may be scary but there is dignity in risk. I can never learn to swim if I don't have access to the pool and opportunities to practice swimming in a safe and supportive environment.

Let’s talk about inclusion with gen ed peers. This scenario plays out over and over and over in schools all over the world. We cannot possible put this kid with DS with his peers, as it might overwhelm him! He just isn’t ready. He could do something unsafe. He can’t keep up with the other kids. We will have to take this very slowly.

So we continue to segregate and isolate him. We “allow” him to visit a gen ed classroom infrequently during some of the most chaotic and unstructured times (recess, lunch, specials) and then wonder why he has behaviors while in there?!?! Then we literally throw him in the deep end of the real world post-graduation and he flounders, can’t get or keep a job, loses his social network and may become isolated and depressed.

Research shows that lack of inclusive education opportunities leads to high unemployment, depression and isolation in adulthood. We have to do better than this. We need to be open to tossing a kid with DS in the deep end (gen ed) in a safe environment with supports so he can launch out post graduation as a young adult with some real world exposure under his belt.

--Amy Allison
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