Be the Change – get to know me

Bullying and the use of abusive language towards people who have learning disabilities is unacceptable.

We want everyone to make a commitment to break down barriers to an equal society for every person who has a learning disability. Our members think that the best way to do this is for people to get to know each other better – to see the person, not just a learning disability.

Read our members’ stories about all the positive things in their lives and why they want people like you to #BetheChange.

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Together we will make a difference!

Get to know me: I am from Dunoon. I live by myself. I get support from ENABLE Scotland. I like going to the cinema club once a month, we choose what film we want to watch. The film I saw was Thor. I practise swimming with my support worker. I go to a group every week for help with reading and writing. It is hard work.

Why I want people to be the change: I want to stop bullying because I was bullied at school and it was not very nice.

Samuel

 

Get to know me: I like meeting my friends and making new friends. I like to help others in my local ACE group.

Why I want people to be the change: I want people to stop swearing at me and being rude. I want to go out and about without suffering abuse. I want to be accepted like everyone else for the good person that I am.

Michelle

 

Get to know me: My name is Peter McMahon I am a member of ENABLE Glasgow branch board, also I am a member of ENABLE Scotland, also a member of ENABLE Scottish Council, also ACE group member and I help at swimming club, also a committee member of the Glasgow taxis outing fund which takes special needs kids on the annual taxis outing to Troon.

Why I want people to be the change: I have done a lot of campaigning on this subject, if you would like a look at my own website which is www.petermcmahonmylife.co.uk.

Peter

 

Get to know me: I’m 43 year-old-man living independently in my own home in Edinburgh with my 2 cats – Peeps and Jet, who is a lively kitten full of fun and joy. I have disability and get 12 hours of support, which assists me where I have difficulty. I enjoy my independence, voluntary work and my life, when some people don’t understand what having disabilities is like it makes life harder, I also find that it add a lot of stress, others bullying us is hurtful. We also have feelings.

Why I want people to be the change: We are the same as you ”PEOPLE”.

Russell

 

Get to know me: I have been with ENABLE for many years, people can do things that I have done it have never I am sure that people with disabilities can get one like me what do they see first.

Why I want people to be the change: I want people to treat me as a normal person and accept me to what I am.

Andrew

 

Get to know me: I am a person with a learning disability who has been driving for nearly 3 years, I also am a volunteer for my local Food Train I do a bit of everything with them in also look after my gran.

Why I want people to be the change: To prove that even though people have different disabilities we are no different from non disabled people.

Kirsty

 

Get to know me: New to National ACE. I like jigsaws and music and photography.

Why I want people to be the change: I would like people to be nice and to support people, not to be nasty. Treat people how you would like to be treated yourself.

Charles

 

Get to know me: I have problems with numbers, like people to respect me, like to help people in everyday needs, ask questions, like different activities.

Why I want people to be the change: Treat me like a normal person. Want people to get to know you as a person.

Jackie

 

Get to know me: I am a good friend. I enjoy drama and go to a drama group. I like to do magic tricks and go to a magic club. I am doing magic tricks in a pantomime.

Why I want people to be the change: I want people to get to know me as a person. I don’t want to be left out. I don’t want to be lonely. I want people to speak to me and get to know the real me.

Murray

 

Get to know me: I am the chairperson at National ACE. I live in Edinburgh. I am the DJ at my local ENABLE Branch which I do 2 weeks. I work 2 days a week at NHS.

Why I want people to be the change: I want to stop people bullying other people.

Ivan

 

Get to know me: I do volunteer work in a nursing home in Dumfries.

Why I want people to be the change: People who have a learning disability can make a big contribution to their community. I want people to be prepared to see what I can do.

Donna

 

Get to know me: I am a volunteer in a cafe in Cumbernauld. I enjoy going to the cinema. I have helped raise money for ENABLE Scotland.

Why I want people to be the change: To stop people bullying people who have a learning disability and to get people to know each other.

Charles

 

Get to know me: I’m a qualified DJ. I really like dance music.

Why I want people to be the change: If more people really listen when I’m trying to explain things, it would make my life a lot easier.

George

 

Get to know me: I did an advert for Down’s Syndrome Scotland to raise awareness of my condition. I also passed my REHIS Food Elementary Certificate.

Why I want people to be the change: I want to see a change in people’s attitudes towards bullying.

Natasha

 

Get to know me: I like to volunteer at ENABLE Scotland – I started up Falkirk ACE group I am campaigning for Falkirk ACE group to stop care charges and helping people in the team.

Why I want people to be the change: I want to stop bullying. People should phone 101 if they are being bullied. We teach people in schools about learning disability. There should be more people who have learning disability on TV and papers more best way two go.

David

 

Get to know me: I take part in lots of activities and I am quite well known in my local community.

Why I want people to be the change: To stop bullying people with disabilities.

Shona

 

Get to know me: I am a friendly helpful person. I used to be shy now I have lots of friends and more confidence.

Why I want people to be the change: I want to stop bullying people as we are the same as you and have the same rightsize to live a normal and peacefully and be able to go out of our house with out the fear of been bullied and afraid of danger.

Neil

 

Get to know me: I play bowls for the special Olympics and won gold in Glasgow 2005. I have been an active member of ENABLE Scotland for more than 20 years. I have been to Germany and Wales with ENABLE Scotland. I have been involved in voting campaign and sex education and anti-bullying campaign.

Why I want people to be the change: So normal folks treat people who have learning difficulties as we should be treated. We are normal people as well.

Bill

 

Get to know me: I am a friendly helpful person. I used to be shy now I have lots of friends and more confidence in myself. My friends say I am cheery and chirpy.

Why I want people to be the change: I want people to stop bullying people who have disabilities and see the person beyond that and treat me with respect.

Helen

 

Get to know me: I love art and have artworks on display in Portland, Oregon and galleries around the world.

Why I want people to be the change: Some people assume we can’t do things because we have a learning disability. I want people to see the things I CAN do and not the things I can’t. I want people to see me as “me” and not the disability.

Sadie

 

Get to know me: I have a slight learning disability and I love to meet new people. I am friendly and a caring person. and I like to be treated with respect. I have a achieved a lot in my live. I have a partner. My friends say I am out going person and I will do anything for anybody.

Why I want people to be the change: I am the same as you. I have feelings the same as you. I and I have the right to the same respect as you and want to stop the bullying and see the person they are and what they can do and there skills.

Kerry

 

Get to know me: I do voluntary work in Red Cross Charity shop, done a Kiltwalk and I am a mother of 3, and attend local ACE Group and local branch meetings.

Why I want people to be the change: I would like people with learning disabilities to be treated the same as a normal person, and would like to see less people being bullied.

Joanne

 

Get to know me: I am very bubbly young lady and I am am advocate I have completed my own support strategy. I am currently doing a voluntary job with advocate company in Elgin. I am also completing my ECDL through college and aiming to get a full time job.

Why I want people to be the change: I don’t want people to not understand disability and see us as different. we are a person not a disability.

Holly

 

Get to know me: Well I grew up mostly isolated from everyone in school and got bullied pretty much from day one. I was sick of it that I didn’t want to go to school or any clubs I use to go too. I feel I am an outgoing person with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and slight mental health issues. I have a fascination with games consoles and drawing and it keeps me happy. I found it hard to make friends and until I started with ENABLE Scotland I am getting a lot more sociable with other friends like me.

Why I want people to be the change: I feel I am standing with ENABLE Scotland to get everyone to respect us and stop bullying and let us get somewhere in life and join everyone in the social circle of life.

Tony-Lee

 

Get to Know Me: I enjoy drama and have been doing drama since I volunteered at the Edinburgh Fringe festival as a stage hand.  I go to drama class and I’m going to be on stage for the fourth time in June!

Why I want people to be the change: Bullying makes people lose their confidence, it makes them scared to go out and meet new people.

James

 

Get to Know Me: I like trying to find groups to help the community and I like speaking out to help people.

Why I want people to be the change: It is important to stop bullying and to encourage people to speak out and stand up for themselves.

Michael

 

Get to Know Me: I like taking part in groups and learning new things.

Why I want people to be the change: I have experienced bullying my whole life and I still have people who give me hassle.  Some people just don’t understand that I have an unseen disability and I want to change that.

Lorainne

 

Get to Know Me: I like going out with my carer, and going to clubs.  I like music, a mixture of different styles but particularly Christmas music and party CD’s.

Why I want people to be the change: It is important to stop bullying and to help everyone get along with one another.  Bullying makes people scared to go out and do the things they enjoy.

Paul

 

Get to Know Me: I like going to clubs.  I also like baking and my favourite thing to bake is lemon drizzle cake.  I work with young children and they are lovely.  I also like to see all my friends.

Why I want people to be the change: Because bullying is not nice and it makes people feel afraid.

Carol

 

Get to Know Me: My name is Gavin and I am going to be 45 years old soon.  I like walking, gardening, listening to 1970’s and 80’s music and dancing along to it. My favourite band is the Pet Shop Boys.  I like organising fundraising events and helping others.

Why I want people to be the change: I think it is important to treat everybody equally. It is my dream to live in an equal society one day.

Gavin

 

Get to Know Me: I like walking, playing the piano and swimming.  I like going to the Monday club and going to people’s houses so I don’t feel lonely.  What I want people to know about me is that I live an independent life – I have a job.  In my spare time I like darts and football.

Why I want to be the change: I am passionate about making transport fairer and more economical for people.  I think a lot of people with learning disabilities need to put up with bullying and it needs to stop.

Iain

 

Why I want people to be the change: I want people to be the change because bullying is not right and together, we can change that.

Natalie

 

Why I want people to be the change: People don’t understand about unseen disabilities and I want to help them understand.  My condition is called Tetrasomy x and I love talking about my disability because it is what makes me, me.

Holly

 

Get to Know Me: I work in a supermarket and enjoy going to the local ACE Group.

Why I want people to be the change: People with disabilities should have the same respect as everyone else.

Robinette

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