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Had a great day yesterday training disabled people hoping to become volunteers at Merton Centre for Independent Living. Guess we need to start recruiting for May 2017 training now. Facebook me if interested, email me on inclusion@mertoncil.org.uk or give us a tinkle on 0203 397 3119. Non disabled people welcome too. ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago  ·  

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Yesterday I was sitting in my wheelchair in M&S waiting for my daughter to come back from the loo when a woman tried to give me £2 and asked me where my 'box' was to put it in! Clearly the only reason I would be allowed out if my home is to collect for a charity! ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago  ·  

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Nijo Palace Kyoto, disabled entrance. ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago  ·  

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I don't know where to begin. I am guardian to my grandson, he has autism, nystagmus and some other neurological problems. He has a dog phobia so we have frequent problems when we take him to Herrington country park becuAse there's a no leashing policy. He is desperate to learn to ride a bike. Yesterday we encountered a family with 5 dogs of different breeds. I did what I always do, went on ahead and asked them to hold the dogs while we passed, quietly explaining that vinnie has autism and will have a meltdown. This is the second time we have encountered this family. They did attempt to hold the dogs but started saying that my grandson had sworn at them last time we saw them. I quietly explained that he had been having a meltdown but they continued to argue with me and my daughter. I did not know them but they knew about vinnie mums substance misuse issues and mistaking my older daughter for his mum stated shouting he had autism becuAse his mum had a drug problem. The dogs were off the leash by this time and the Alsatian in particular was circling. Things were getting heated and angry and my grandson was badly melting down, my other grandson also aged 7 was there too. Being scared that the situation could easily and swiftly get dangerous and out of control, I called the police. Once the family were aware of this, they moved on. To cut a long story short, a police officer came to my house this morning at 8am, while I was getting Vinnie off to school. He told me maybe quite rightly that no crime had taken place. He shouted at me (for interrupting him), said that I should have stood still with vinnie until the dogs passed or gone turn back on our course. He said I have no authority or right to ask people to hold back their dogs and the incident was all my fault for being argumentative and being prepared to listen to the opinions of others. Most of this was in my grandsons earshot x ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago  ·  

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