Day Program Participants Mutiny To Start Own "Squad"
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 9, 2006
LONDON, ENGLAND--Five years ago, a group of people with learning (intellectual) disabilities in east London decided they had enough of the mind numbing "diversion" at their local day activity center.
So they took charge.
And what then started as a four-member self-advocacy network has grown to the 15-member "Map Squad".
The "Map" stands for "Moving About Places".
Wednesday's Guardian reported that the advocates in the group have reached out to the community to educate health care professionals, service providers and other citizens and to forge partnerships with health and social organizations. They have developed a newsletter that is accessible to people with learning disabilities and produced a video for training new staff.
They even established a successful nightclub.
"It started off being called the information group because it didn't get enough stimulation from the things being offered," said Map Squad member David Gallagher. "People were not being asked what they wanted or consulted on anything."
"Mutiny's Bounty" (The Guardian)