The articles and the comments that follow articles about such subjects have had me so down about the state of things for people with disabilities, including myself, that I haven’t been able to write this until now, many weeks after I was approached to write something. It’s really got to me and not for the first time.
If I were to say out loud "I think Michael L and David G should be crammed together in a barrel and rolled into an active volcano." one or both of them would take umbrage and very possibly try and bring the Law down upon my head. So I won't say it out loud...even if they both feel they have the right to advocate for the elimination of those they consider 'special'. Both these worthies have even begun their diatribes with words to the effect '...in a civilized/sophisticated/first world society...' as if somehow New Zealand is backwards because we do at least offer some support to those living with disability.
I have absolutely no idea what sort of figure we are talking and no real interest in knowing how much I cost the taxpayers of Aotearoa/New Zealand.
I was their baby and they made the best decisions for me with the information they had at the time. Every decision they have made for me throughout my lifetime since then was with my quality of life in mind. This country could learn a lot from my parents’ example.
Chelle...this is real work you are undertaking, all the best, and send me a copy of your thesis when it's published.
I have a bit of a thing for such research...so I'll look forward to yours with anticipation. All the best.
Never been an incident when he is out of that place
Hmmm....so, the health professionals responsible for his day to day care may not, after all,be the best people to advise on his future care?
I had an idea that might be the case.
The Herald editorial follows up today and also quotes the Ombudsman.
...the process had been "excruciatingly slow" and in his view unacceptable. He also stated that he was speaking not as an advocate for Ashley but as the head of an independent monitoring body charged with ensuring the conditions of detention and the treatment of detainees was humane, and met international human rights standards.
IHC advocate Trish Grant says Ashley's treatment reflects the lack of value placed on the lives of the disabled. That view is understandable. Ashley's family is clearly desperate to have more access to him, and firmly believe his welfare will improve away from his bleak surroundings.
Boshier accepts that places of detention contain people with very complex and competing needs. But he argues that a civilised society should treat all members, including its most vulnerable, humanely and with dignity. That appears to have been lacking in the case of Ashley Peacock.
I am having one or two issues device wise at the moment. I am having to wean myself from an old laptop running on Windows Vista and Works to a newer (only four years old) laptop running on Windows 7. This was a gamer's machine, and he had no use for word processing. Me being too poor to purchase Works...have installed Libre Office. There have been problems. Mostly formatting type stuff. I am wrenched from my comfort zone.
Your working link is much appreciated.
And hopefully the health professionals heard the Ombudsman...
( Sincerely hoping that linked works.)
I think the complexity and risks are much greater than you think – something Genter has apparently now come to appreciate.
Tell you what Neil...shine a bit of light here...what the hell do you mean...'the complexity and risks....?
Because after over a decade of being locked up like a feral, only the truly moronic would deny this will not be an easy or risk free transition for Ashley.
He is going to need rehabilitating...in the true sense of the word.
And if it costs more to try and ensure his safety, so be it.
They should have thought about the accumulative damage done to this man while they all sat around the wash basin.
Or were they hoping for another outcome...
And here's Kirsty again, one year on and still fucking battling.
Truly, people, I'm over it and I'm singularly unimpressed with Genter's response.
The stumbling block appears to be funding... or it could simply be that the Ministry are being twats because they are being guilt tripped into sorting this.
Whatever...Genter needs to make some calls and get to the bottom of it.
Oh and Julie Anne....I'll say it again...don't rely on getting the truth or an accurate picture from Ministry of Health bureaucrats.
Oh, and thank you again Kirsty.
I wish they had displayed a public list of people making submissions
His lawyer Wayne Cribb told Judge Nevin Dawson that Oxton had a serious spinal injury after an accident and used cannabis for pain relief.
Cribb said Oxton did not want to to be exposed to the criminal element of the Far North so imported the seeds.
Cribb said the seeds were low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - the intoxication-inducing element of cannabis - but high in cannabidiol (CBD), the pain-relieving elements.
He said the cannabis was clearly for personal use as pain relief. Oxton consumed it as a tea during the evening or at night to help him sleep as pharmaceutical pain relief did not work for him.
''He was involved in an accident more than 30 years ago that injured his spine, that saw him finish work and go on ACC,'' Cribb said.
He said in Kaitaia cultivating a small amount of cannabis for personal use would generally lead to a fine or community work and Oxton was able to do community work or pay a fine.
''Is there a different tariff in Kaitaia than the rest of the country?'' Judge Dawson asked Cribb.
''In terms of cultivation, if for personal use, while prison can be imposed, it generally isn't,'' Cribb said.
''I understand the imprisonment rate [in Kaitaia for cultivating for personal use] is half what it is in the rest of the country.''
Judge Dawson said it should not be.
Cribb said it could be that the prosecution rate for cultivating cannabis in the area was twice as high as the rest of the country.
Deepest respect to those who made submissions.
Some of the larger Contracted Providers of disability support services do very well indeed.
Always an interesting exercise trawlng the Charities website...I fully recommend it.
One of the big 'charities' had an operating surplus of tens of millions in the same financial year that a resident was neglected to death...largely due to too few staff on duty.
And that was not the only case... Spectrum was investigated after another tragic death...one of those managers commented that many of their staff had trouble reading English...so vital care instructions were not read.
Ho hum. Another disabled person dies on a care facility.
And there was barely any outrage from the so called disability advocacy groups.
Hands up those who have been asked by organisers of such events...
"What can we do to make sure you can participate fully?"
Great post Wendi, thanks.