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The Haven

People walking along a path in a park.


The Haven is a supported and permanent home for people with mental illness, particularly those with schizophrenia. It opened in 2011 with the help of many individuals, companies and the government. There are 14 people who live there, including me. We each have our own unit. I have my own space and privacy. However we encouraged to mix. There is a communal living area where we get together to play table tennis, monopoly, and enjoy cooking groups. For many of us The Haven stands out for being the best place in the world.

Posted by: Isabella Fels, on 31/01/14

3 comments - last comment on 14/02/14

Are you faking it?

Empty wheelchair on a beach

People can dismiss the disabilities of others or accuse them of faking. They may think those with a disability are weak. Or they don't try hard enough to get better. T.V shows have characters that fake their disability. If people watch them they can become suspicious we are faking ours too. People expect disabilities to be visible, but some medical conditions are hard to see. If people can't see them they might doubt they exist. Some people like to think they are too strong or clever to get a disability. They don't understand it's by chance someone becomes disabled.

Posted by: Peter Williams, on 12/07/13

5 comments - last comment on 03/08/13

Bernie and Phil - A love story

Two red love hearts sitting on weathered wood

Phil and I met through Zora's Explorers, a social group for blind and vision impaired people. Our first date was at Hahndorf's Fine Chocolates in Montrose. We got on very well. Eight months later, Phil proposed to me. He did it the traditional way, going down on one knee. I was very happy. We married on 9th of March, 2013. We accept each other for who we are. I'm totally blind and hearing-impaired. Phil has mild Acquired Brain Injury. But together, we make a great team.

Posted by: Bernadette Lancefield, on 01/07/13

6 comments - last comment on 19/11/13

Turn the other cheek? Or not to turn. That is the question.

Young girl being teased by other girls

People with a disability often have to endure rudeness from others. Some people think it's best to turn the other cheek and ignore them. This can be a good way to deal with obnoxious people. Turning the other cheek can be easier said than done however. Occasional rude behaviour is easy to dismiss. But in my experience continual insults affect your self-esteem. If we respond with wit instead of anger we may turn the tables on those who wish annoy us.

Posted by: Peter Williams, on 23/05/13

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Wisdom from a slow and simple life

Young woman looking peaceful with her head lying on her folded arms

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a poorly understood medical condition. It affects people differently. Everyone who has it experiences severe fatigue. Ann has lived with CFS for sixteen years. She has had to change her outlook and her activities to manage her illness. She has also had to confront negative opinions about CFS from other people. Ann is lucky to have the support of her family and friends. Over time, she has learned to accept and appreciate her new way of living. She has found wisdom in her slow and simple life.

Posted by: Caitilin Punshon, on 10/04/13

1 comment - last comment on 15/04/13

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