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Charles H
Oct 14 2017 11:52 AM Post #246
Location : Base UK

Thank you Bill and Shasta for your encouraging comments.
This is a very important project on behalf of our most vulnerable fellow citizens. I will try to keep it up.
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Location : France, Charenton-Le-Pont

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Location : Canada, Mindemoya

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Charles H
Oct 09 2017 22:20 PM Post #243
Location : Base UK

Catchup No.8
Charles Henley
First posted on my Facebppk site 2 March ·

The Delusion of Inclusion (Continued)
Charles Henley
My last posting referred to David Towell’s dependence on the box ticking exercise embedded in UN Declarations to provide justification for the King’s Fund Centre’s radical one-size fits -all ‘inclusion’ proposals. My posting concluded with reference to the nature and validity of support that was given to the KFC from the Independent Development Council for People with Mental Handicaps with the publication of: ‘Living like other people’ (1985)
Today, there is need to look at the background to ‘Living like other people', published in April 1985 by the Independent Development Council (IDC) to understand how IDC came about.
The concepts of the IDC organization were usurped from the valuable work of the highly qualified and experienced team based at the Hester Adrian Research Centre, Manchester University, between 1968 -1982. The HARC had an incredible record of successful research projects including an intensive 5 years study (1972-1977), of day centres in England and Wales. The National Development Group with access to this wealth of expertise and experience were founded and based at the Hester Adrian Research Centre between 1975 - 1980 during which time it published NDG Pamphlet 5, the most successful source of support for positive progress in day care social history.
Following the disbandment of the National Development Group in 1980, the King’s Fund Centre under the leadership of its Fellow in Health Policy and Development, David Towell, seized the opportunity in 1981 to gather a group of reputable individuals and charitable organisations under the chairmanship of Brian Rix to create the Independent Development Council (IDC), which identified within its front cover the aims of the Council:
“To establish effective new means of providing informed and independent policy advice on all aspects of services for people with mental handicap and their families at national level, to build on the previous work of the National Development Group for the Mentally Handicapped, to offer strategic advice on the development and practical implementation of policies to relevant government departments and other concerned bodies. to offer advice on good practice and the local action necessary to introduce and sustain better services.”
So just how qualified within four years of its formation was the IDC able to have acquired the knowledge and skills to provide the range of services and assume the status formerly held by the National Development Group? The short answer that they were definitely not - for the IDC publication ‘Living like other people' did not challenge but strongly reinforced the views expressed in the King’s Fund Project Paper No. 50. But this did not deter the King’s Fund Centre from recognizing its limitations, for the unquestioning support of all the major charitable organisations regardless of the irrationality of its proposals gave it unjustifiable credibility.
So began the 30 year process of misleading carers and the general public into the sense of false complacency that the wellbeing of their adult children was in good and capable hands - a process that has continued and is still continuing today. If I should seem cynical in believing that the King’s Fund Centre was manipulating the main charities under the chairmanship of Brian Rix, let me point out the following.
The HQ of the IDC was based at the HQ of the KFC, 5 members of the KFC, including its spokesman, David Towell, were on the IDC Council, and a member of the KFC staff was highly commended for her contribution to editing the contents of the IDC publication ‘Living like other people’ (1985).
Even so, the full extent of the damage that the KFC intervention could do has yet to be exposed by the unwelcome involvement of yet other irresponsible and misguided individuals and one particular organization.

Charles H
Oct 08 2017 14:23 PM Post #242
Location : Base UK

Catch Up No.7
First posted on Facebook
28 February · 
The Delusion of Inclusion.(Continued)
David Towell. spokesperson, and former advisor to the King’s Fund Centre (KFC) , as a Fellow in Health Policy and Development, states with regard to ‘inclusion’ policies that:
“…the best current starting point is widely agreed amongst disabled people and their families to be the 2006 UNCRPD and the General Comments which seek to advance its implementation. This is clearly a 21st Century agenda for inclusion!”
The declaration of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) is, to my mind, just a box ticking exercise full of great hopes and expectations. I wonder how many families have actually heard about it? It is being used to justify the ghastly mistakes that misguided ‘inclusion’ proponents and organisations such as the King’s Fund Centre group have inflicted upon innocent victims. 
To rectify the damage already done there is need to go back, as I have already done, to identify the prime proponents for supporting a one-size- fits- all ‘inclusion’ policy. The King’s Fund Centre could not have gained momentum for its drive to phase out vital structured and specialist support under its own steam, for the publication initially passed without interest or obvious comment.
It is necessary to look closer at the organisations and individuals that gave the KFC credibility it did not deserve, and in this respect the first major culprits were all the charitable organisations that did not challenge proposals that were so obviously fundamentally flawed. At that time, even the ‘man in the street’, with limited knowledge, could see how irrational these proposals were.
But what was to follow will raise searching questions about the nature and validity of support that was received from the Independent Development Council for People with Mental Handicaps with the publication of : ‘Living like other people’ (1985).  
More details to follow.
Does all this historical stuff really matter? Yes, because it has so far been covered up very effectively by the individuals, academics, and organisations that are responsible for the current policy debacle and would much prefer that it remains covered up regardless of the cost to the families concerned
Charles H
Oct 04 2017 12:22 PM Post #241
Location : Base UK

This was an interesting post from Abby to which I have responded directly. On the downside, I have pointed out that during 30 years campaigning I have upset a lot of people in the UK who have not only attempted to discredit my personal views but also those of anybody who is prepared to support or share my views.
Mainly, these people are either academics or people with limited experience who changed the course of social history with a series of irresponsible and misguided policy proposals. These proposals so lacked credibility and lack of reliable supportive evidence that those concerned had to resort to emotive denigration of successful rational policies and the staff who were implementing them. Unfortunately, they have had major control of communication with the wider public. They have also brainwashed successive governments into believing the unbelievable, hence, the confused state of our current policies.
On the positive side, over the years, I have collected reliable hard evidence and received personal support from the real experts in this field at the highest international level including Professor Wolf Wolfensberger and Professors Ann and Alan Clarke. I continue to collect information to establish just how little has been learnt from our past mistakes.
It is interesting that in the last couple of months I have had more interest shown from international sources (USA, France, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Austria, Iceland, Brussels, Denmark), than I have from the UK population in the last five years. Partly, this is due to intentional suppression of debate, partly, it is due to intimidation of carers and practitioners at all levels. Yet, without meaningful debate there will never be change.
Those who are the most vulnerable members of our society have been treated cruelly,
they deserve better from the rest of us.
I look forward to hearing again from Abby.
Oct 02 2017 8:25 AM Post #240
Location : United States, Daytona Beach

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Charles H
Oct 01 2017 21:47 PM Post #239
Location : Base UK

Thank you, Margart, for your posting. All of your overseas postings are welcome and i apologise to those whose postings I have failed to acknowledge individually. Even if you do not agree with me your opinions are still welcome as open debate has been discouraged in the UK.
Isn't this sad when so many lives are being so seriously affected?
Charles H
Oct 01 2017 21:06 PM Post #238
Location : Base UK

First published my Facebook page 25th February 2017

The first posting appended is a comment from David Towell, a spokesperson and former leading figure in the Kings Fund Centre around the late 1970s / 1980s when the action was
taking place.

David Towell. Those of us who have taken the trouble to read many of Charles's very many postings over the last 30 years will certainly know by now that he is forever stuck with the idea that a 1977 pamphlet from the NDG should remain, 40 years later, the peak of our aspirations for the daily lives of people with learning disabilities. Fortunately, many people working locally, like Lawraine and her network have demonstrated that a better world is possible for Lawraine's daughter and indeed everyone who can find a similarly supportive network, despite the hugely damaging effects of 'austerity' on people who need the help of publicly funded services. (Actually that is all of us.) Meanwhile the highest authority the world has created in the defence of human rights, the United Nations, has generated international support for a Convention, the UNCRPD, which Charles would doubtless describe as based on 'extreme normalisation/inclusion dogmas' whatever that means: it's not, it's based on the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

My response the same day on Facebook (25th February 2017.)

Charles Henley An interesting response, David, but you are a little out of date. In my book:LEARNING DISABILITIES The Rise and Potential Demise of Structured Day Services for Adults with Learning Disabilities 1955 - 2005, sent to you April 2007, you will find I covered the later Declaration of Rights (1975) fairly comprehensively.
What I mean by 'extreme normalization/inclusion dogmas' are of the nature of the irrational proposals put forward by normally reputable organisations such as the King’s Fund Centre in 1984.and subsequently by the Independent Development Council in 1985. These encouraged the decimation of successful structured and specialist services including special needs sections in day centres by proposing that all of the attendees could be found paid jobs or spend up to 4 - 5 days per week for years at colleges of FE. I still await , as I have done for many years, your justification for such irresponsible proposals.
In the meantime, I add the comment made in my book with regard to the UN Declaration:
“It is worthy of note that whilst the UN declaration proposed that handicapped people should benefit from the right to have access to ‘a life as normal and full as possible’ it did not contend that this should preclude associating with their own peer groups. Nor did it imply that to share the company or activities of other handicapped people is demeaning or devaluing. It will later become apparent that these perceptions were, however, strongly held by some influential factions of the ‘normalisation’ lobby and were instrumental in supporting calls for extreme radical change. This major divergence of opinion was to become one of the major issues in subsequent debates - and still remains a central issue of dissention at this present time.”
You have been living in another world, David, I note that when you sought support 35 years ago you did not turn to the real hands-on international expert on ‘inclusion’ theories, Professor Wolf Wolfensberger (USA), but instead to another of the ‘thinking’ and ‘philosophizing’ breed.
There is still much to be debated if events affecting the interests of carers, their adult children, and the general public are to be to be explored and fair judgements made. I will be making my own comments on my facebook page and welcome you to join me with your own unmoderated comments. Charles Henley
Sep 26 2017 18:45 PM Post #237
Location : United States, Berlin

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