At Freedom Care we always like to keep in touch with news and views about people with various kinds of complex health needs, and were therefore very interested to read an article on the BBC “Ouch”  blog about a girl band whose members all have some kind of learning disability, some also have other complex health needs.

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The Australian band is called ‘The Sisters of Invention’ and comprises five young women – Annika, Michelle, Jackie, Aimee and Caroline. They met in 2010 whilst all performing in a choir run by an organisation called Tutti, which supports disabled artists. Tutti recognised their talent and invited them to form a group. They now they make a living performing together two or three times per month, mostly at conferences.

According to Michelle, who has cerebral palsy and a mild learning disability, the Sisters of Invention name was chosen “because we are like sisters and we support each other on and off stage. For the invention part, we are trying to change people’s view of people with disabilities. We are reinventing the rules”.

At Freedom Care we love to see people reinventing the rules and succeeding despite the odds being stacked against them. That’s why our strapline is “a posse ad esse” – “from possibility to actuality”. In our specialist care homes we offer person-centered care that actively encourages each individual – no matter how complex their health needs – to follow their dreams and become who they are destined to be.

Sadly this is not a philosophy shared by all specialist care services. The Sisters of Invention received little encouragement from a support worker who told them they should only perform for school children. Yet, according to Annika, who is blind and pitch perfect: “We knew that we were capable of a lot more than the support worker thought”

This response is captured in the lyric “I left school years ago, I thought you should know,” from their debut single This Isn’t Disneyland.  The accompanying video reinforces this message. It starts with the five dressed as Disney princesses holding toys but by the end all the toys have been trashed and thrown aside. According to Aimee – who has a genetic condition called Williams syndrome – “It’s about not treating us like disabled kids. We are people,” she says, “not just disabled people.”

At Freedom Care we are proud to treat everyone as an individual, no matter how complex their health needs. To find out more about our person-centered approach, and the extensive range of specialist care services we offer, get in touch with us today.

 

Picture Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs/ouch/

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