Welcome to my Warrior Mums, a collection of family journeys from parents of children/adults with special needs. Some of our mums are advocates or established campaigners, one is a midwife, then we have two nurses, three teachers, two solicitors and a GP....
Their stories are not only a means of support but also a learning curve for parents and professionals alike.

We've had to adapt to so many government cuts and policies in the last few years and it's taken its toll on families. This blog has given parents the opportunity to share their individual experience of their unplanned life with a disabled child. Some have had great support with wonderful professional guidance whilst others sadly, have been lied about and deceived, blamed for their child's 'problems' by some who have no understanding of the disability. Facts about their family life have been distorted and manipulated into many untruths, making parents only too aware that their reputation precedes them in every meeting they attend. They feel judged, disrespected and ganged up on. Telling their story in Warrior Mums puts THEIR truth 'out there' for all to see.

A major concern that has come to light for me is that when a young person reaches the age of 18, regardless of whether they have autism, or a severe learning disability, legally, they are classed as an adult. As a parent, you can no longer make decisions on their behalf. If your loved one is in the care of the state and you upset the care staff or social workers then the chances are they will stop you from visiting or having any contact or information regarding medication or any other health issues about your loved one's welfare, all under the guise of your loved one's 'best interest', pulling out the Court of Protection/Mental Capacity Act gagging cards. The cruel message to parents is clear - - tow the line, stop asking questions and taking too much interest or lose contact with your child.

I would suggest reading warrior mum Finlola Moss and also Leo Andrade's journey to see the dreadful way parents have their rights taken away and in Leo's case, often denied visitation with her autistic son.

The misuse of the Mental Capacity Act has brought a huge increase in applications for Deprivation of Liberty safeguards through the courts. It's hard to believe that in 2017 this government are advocating locking up people with special needs and depriving them of family contact, people who would have had more freedom in the 70s living in large 'institutions' than they do in community care and independent 'of family' living' today...

We have to do something to stop this illegal abuse of power. We have to do something now....


19 December 2011

Vengeance of an Amazon Book Reviewer

I've spent a good while mulling over whether or not to post this blog.
I’m not really a blogger and if I’m honest I’d rather read than write them. But there’s a monkey sitting on my back which I have to shake off so I can step into the New Year with a lighter load. It’s for that reason I have decided to share what happened to me earlier this year when I upset someone I had met on a social media site; someone I looked upon as a friend.

A negative book review is a healthy thing, so I’m told.
Hey, there isn't any accounting for taste so why should any of us beat ourselves up if someone doesn’t like what we write or the way we write it?

On the other hand, what if the review has nothing to do with your book and is written out of pure spite? Of course the natural reaction is to look the other way and ignore them but that’s not always possible.

I have been both mainstream and self-published and have met quite a few writers on the social media sites such as Myspace, Facebook and (a newbie) on Twitter. Earlier this year, a friend (not herself a writer) kept harping on my Facebook page about how she will never buy from Amazon and how unhappy she was that writers are selling their wares through Amazon when Amazon is? Selling child pornography. I felt that she was making people feel uncomfortable so I deleted her.

What did she then go and do?