Activists call on local authorities to become ‘councils without a bedtime’ – Disability News Service
A group of self-advocates is calling on local councils across England to change their contracts with support service providers so that service users with learning disabilities have the freedom to stay out as late as they want it.
They have written to all directors of adult social services across the country asking them to make sure their council’s contracts with support providers clearly state that they need to rotate flexibly.
This will allow service users to enjoy the same type of social life as people who are not dependent on counseling funded care and support.
the Stay awake campaign delayed writing the letter for a year due to additional pressure boards faced during the pandemic.
The charity says institutionalized practices and inflexible support leave far too many adults with learning disabilities unable to enjoy the things they want to do, like enjoying clubs, pubs and music concerts.
Jason O’Neill, one of the self-advocates who sent the letters, said: “I think we need to help people with disabilities or with learning disabilities to go to bed late and go to concerts.
“For example, going to a pub or a music concert for fun, like other people do.”
Shannara Woodward, another self-advocate, added: “I want UK councils to listen to us and get involved.
“Once a board finds it out and it starts to work, it’s like a domino effect.”
They say in the letters: “We know of great support providers who have flexible hours, which means that people with learning disabilities can be helped to live the lives they choose – which of course includes the right to stay up late and have a good social life. too much.
“We know how important this is to ourselves and makes us happy in our lives.
“Unfortunately, we see and hear many examples of unyielding support.
“Before the lockdown, you could go to any club night for people with intellectual disabilities and watch the dance floor empty at 9pm.”
They and their fellow activists want each local authority that orders social services to become a “Council without sleeping”.
The charity previously conducted a survey which found that by 8:30 p.m. on a typical Friday night, 69% of people with learning disabilities were either in bed or ready to go to bed, and only 7% were in the process of sleeping. socialize.
The letters were sent by self-advocates across England who are acting as ambassadors for the charity and campaigning for ‘no bedtime’ and for adults with learning disabilities live the lifestyle they choose.
They also want members of the public contact their own local elected officials to support the campaign.
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