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The latest stories from VoiceAbility.

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Ruth’s Story

Ruth is a mother with a learning disability, whose three children had been taken into care by social services. It was an extremely difficult time for Ruth, as she was worried about her children’s future and the involvement of social services. The children’s social worker referred Ruth to VoiceAbility to help her through the court proceedings and the issue of custody. Ruth was unhappy with the way her needs had been assessed by social services. She felt that the social worker had not treated the family very well.

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Halil’s Story

Halil is a sociable gentleman with a great sense of humour and a love of music. He has profound and multiple learning disabilities and lives in a large nursing home. When we first met Halil, his only real activity was going to a day centre five days a week. He did not access the community or socialise outside his home and the centre. Halil spent most of his free time in his bedroom listening to the music channel on television. Halil does not have any active family members to support him either.

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Alfred’s Choice

Alfred, a tailor by profession and hobby gardener, fell in love and set up home with George in 1963. They have remained living together in that same home in a northern city. Six months ago, at the age of 95, Alfred’s declining physical health led to increasing care being brought into his own home rapidly increasing to 24 hour support.

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Ian’s Story

Ian has a mild learning difficulty, physical difficulties, mental health issues and hearing problems. Ian finds it difficult to communicate with others, because he often misunderstands what people mean if they are not very clear. This can lead to extreme frustration, and Ian disengaging with professionals. Ian attends an activity group at a day centre, and had a disagreement with another person who attends. When Ian tried to explain his feelings to the day centre staff, he felt they did not understand him or take his views seriously.

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Desmond’s Story

Desmond finds it difficult to communicate with others and is often misunderstood because of his obsessive behaviour. Desmond has a loving mother who often struggles to accept that medication may help to alleviate some of Desmond’s anxieties. During a review, an assessment was undertaken by a psychiatrist. Desmond had never been prescribed medication before but the psychiatrist recommended some to see if it could help Desmond to cope better and manage his behaviour. When Desmond’s personality started changing soon after he began his prescription, his mother felt he should stop taking it.

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