3 Days To Go

There’s three days to go until the launch of 7 Days of Action on the 18th and we thought it was a good time to remind ourselves why we are running the campaign.

Monday – Eden

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Tuesday – Jack

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Wednesday – Thomas

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Thursday – Tianze

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Friday – Chris

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Saturday – Robert

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Sunday – Stephen

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What Can You Do?

1. Share the stories. (On social media, verbally, send the links to people you know).

2. Sign the petitions.

3. Contact your local press and media.

4. Lobby your MPs.

5. Write to your local commissioners.

6. Discuss how we stop our family members being sent to ATUs.

7. Learn your MHA & MCA to stop this happening to your family members.

8. Support the families’ legal action

9. Can you offer lifts to families who have hundreds of miles to travel to visit their loved ones?

10. Can you offer overnight accommodation if you live near to any of the ATUs?

11. Lend your experience and ideas to the families.

12. Never forget. We are talking human lives.

Thank you for your support.

Life For A Learning Disabled Person 2016

Monday 18th April 2016 saw the start of a UK campaign to raise awareness of the thousands of learning disabled people currently being held against their wishes in assessment and treatment units. Often, these units are hundreds of miles from the person’s home. The average time spent in an ATU (assessment and treatment unit) is 5.5 years. The average cost per week for treatment in an ATU is £3500.

The campaign will be presenting a number of stories over the next week. Stories of people who have been trapped in their unit for years. Stories of people who have managed to be freed from their detention but still bear the scars of their experience and sadly, stories of people who have died whilst in the care of their unit.

We make no apologies that the stories are relentlessly bleak. Life in an ATU is relentlessly bleak. The stories are painful to read and you may feel like giving up on the blog. Please don’t. We feel it is important that the reality of Eden, Stephen, Tianze, Thomas, Joshua, Jack, Ryan, Connor, Eddie and Robert’s lives are heard.

They need you to hear their story.

Please check out the other pages of this blog. Watch and listen to the selection of ATU films and songs. Read a mother’s poetry. Check out Sam Sly’s plans for life outside an ATU. Absorb Chris Hatton’s ATU facts and figures and if you would like to contribute to the blog, please let us know.

And please, as the 7 Days of Action progresses and you read the stories, ask yourselves, what can I do to help these young people have the life they deserve.

Thank you.