Day 106: Talking and remembering #107days


Today, our penultimate day, is shared between Laurie and Sara’s colleagues, Jo, Adam and Luis, at Healthtalkonline.

Laurie is a 53 year-old person with Asperger’s syndrome. Connor’s death had a profound impact on her life because she is, herself, the parent of children on the autism spectrum.

Laurie wasn’t diagnosed until January 2006, but she had this to say, “it [being diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome] has changed my life. I immediately started educating myself on autism and the Asperger’s side of it and getting involved with autism research. It’s how I met Sara”.

Laurie was interviewed by Sara, in September 2007, for the Healthtalkonline series of interviews, she recalls:

She let me give her a lift back to the train station, I’d been involved with care services since I was 9 and wasn’t used to being treated like a human being. Just because we’re on the receiving end of…

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Day 46: The violence of disablism #107days


Today was adopted by Katherine Runswick-Cole; when I asked her why she’d got involved with supporting #JusticeforLB and #107days, this is what she had to say:

I first met Sara at a Disability Studies conference, we were both studying for our PhDs. Meeting Sara was exciting because we shared the same research interests but also because we were both mothers to young dudes. Sara and I stayed in touch, wrote a couple of academic papers together and every so often we would find ourselves at the same conference and have a bit of a gossip about life, the universe and everything! In fact it was Sara who introduced me to the joys of Twitter and, of course, I followed her blog.

Like many other people who have been touched by #JusticeforLB, I never met Connor, but through knowing Sara and reading her blog, I felt as if I had. The stories…

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Day 39: Still time to get involved #107days


A fortnight ago Sara blogged on all the amazing things that had happened in #107days so far. Since then we’ve been blown away with yet more amazing actions, I’m not going to recap them all here because we’ve a ‘half way’ blog post in the offing that will do that. If you’ve not managed to follow daily I’d highly recommend looking back over the daily entries to this blog that highlight the remarkable range of thoughts and actions of so many brilliant people supporting #JusticeforLB.

This is a very short post, but one that is designed to draw your attention to the many ways in which you can still get involved and support #107days. We are very, very nearly out of days, and we’ve had to double up on some dates. We have had one or two people who have had to pull out due to unforseen circumstances so…

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Day 35: ATUs, autism and anxiety #107days


Louise adopted Day 35, to share some of her thoughts on assessment and treatment units and their suitability (or not) for people with autism. She wrote a blog post to share her experiences and thoughts that is shared in full below:

I am a Nurse who works with individuals with Learning Disabilities. I was heartbroken to read about the avoidable death of Connor. I have worked in assessment and treatment since qualifying in 2009. Prior to this I grew up with a younger sibling who is on the autism spectrum and has complex needs and epilepsy.

I am currently taking some time away from this working environment after experiencing high levels of anxiety and a constant feeling that no matter how hard I try I feel frustrated that I am unable to provide care to those I trained so hard to support.

In this post I don’t wish to dwell…

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Victims Unite!

Camilla Cavendish’s 10-Point Plan

Camilla Cavendish[1] is Associate Editor and columnist at The Times. In 2009, she was campaigning journalist of the year for exposing miscarriages of justice which convinced Government to open the family courts – but not enough. Here is her 10-point plan that is waiting to be implemented:

  1. Open family courts to the press in all but exceptional circumstances (as recommended by the Constitutional Affairs Select Committee)
  2. Let any parent or carer accused of abuse call any witnesses they need in their defence. At the moment, they are routinely refused permission to do so.
  3. Give automatic permission for parents who are refused legal aid to get a lay advisor to help them present their case. This is routinely refused.
  4. Remove the restrictions that prevent families from talking about their case (as recommended by the Constitutional Affairs Select Committee).

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