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Scapegoating is a term that is used for the one person in a dysfunctional family that is targeted by the abusive family member for receiving the most aggressive abuse.

Usually this person is targeted by the abuser because of their resistance to pretending that the household is normal.

If you were the truth teller in the family then you pointed out when boundaries were being crossed and when the other people were being mistreated.You were the one that probably defended siblings who were being abused. You may have tried to draw the abuse towards yourself in order to protect younger siblings from getting the brunt of it.

Very often the main abusive parent has Narcissistic Personality Disorder, although there are other personality disorders which cause people to abuse their children, like Malignant Borderline Personality Disorder. 

The narcissistic parent us the focal point of the family because they demand that…

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If a child lives with criticism
He learns to condemn.

If a child lives with hostility
He learns to fight.

If a child lives with ridicule
He learns to be shy.

If a child lives with tolerance
He learns to be patient.

If a child lives with encouragement
He learns confidence.

If a child lives with praise
He learns to appreciate.

If a child lives with fairness
He learns justice.

If a child lives with security
He learns faith.

If a child lives with approval
He learns to like himself.

If a child lives with acceptance and friendship
He learns to find love in the world.. !

What have you learnt as a child?


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An 11-year-old says his genetic condition caused him so much “agony”, he told his parents he wanted his leg cutting off.

Dillon Chapman from Somerset has a genetic condition called Type 1 Neurofibromatosis which meant that hundreds of tumours grew on the nerve endings in his leg causing him severe pain.

“If you threw a foamy little ball at my leg, it would hurt and I’d be in agony – I couldn’t play any football”, he said.

After seeing marines from Afghanistan with prosthetic limbs, Dillon did some research about amputation and asked his parents for permission to have his leg removed.

After the surgery, Dillon said: “Life has never been better – I’m just loving it now”.


You can watch Dillon’s story in BBC Three’s The Boy Who Wants His Leg Cut Off: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p02w22xg/the-boy-who-wants-his-leg-cut-off 

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If you’ve been inspired by recent Grand Slam titles for GB stars Jordanne Whiley and Andy Lapthorne then why not give tennis a go yourself? Tennis can be adapted to suit any ability, so if you want to be the next Jordanne or Andy or just have fun playing sport that is sociable, good for your health and that you can play with friends and family, then why not start your tennis journey at a camp near you?

The Tennis Foundation are running subsidised tennis camps nationwide throughout 2015 so you can have a go at wheelchair, learning disability, deaf or visually impaired tennis. Wheelchair, visually impaired and deaf tennis camps run over the course of one day with all equipment provided. Learning disability tennis camps run over two days with accommodation available at discounted prices and equipment provided.

Tennis coaches will take you through a day of fun activities where you can learn the basics of the game and play informal competitions. They will also advise on where you can play locally. If you’ve got bags of talent, you might even catch the eye of our Talent ID team!

Find out more at http://www3.lta.org.uk/Tennis-Foundation/Tennis-for-Disabled-People/Disability-Camps/

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Applications now open for £50,000 Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK 2015.

• The £50,000 award recognises talents of established business owners with a disability or long-term health condition.

• The cash prize is the largest of its kind for disabled entrepreneurs.

• The award is run in conjunction with Leonard Cheshire Disability, the UK’s leading disability charity.

• Award is personally chosen and presented by easyjet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou at a special ceremony in London on November 4th.

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and Leonard Cheshire Disability are pleased to invite applications for the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs 2015 worth £50,000.

The award, jointly run by the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation (www.stelios.com) and the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability,  (www.LeonardCheshire.org) recognises the achievements of disabled entrepreneurs who have overcome challenges to set up their own company and excel in their chosen business field. Now in its ninth year, past winners have been drawn from the travel agency, homebuild and IT sectors as well as companies specialising in disability/mobility aids.

Applications are now being accepted online at http://www.leonardcheshire.org The deadline for all applications is Friday 18 September 2015.

Sir Stelios said: “Creating opportunities for disabled people facing discrimination in business is essential. The Stelios Award for Disabled  Entrepreneurs highlights their achievements and contribution to society.

We want to hear from talented disabled entrepreneurs who are able to show they have got what it takes to run a successful business and meet a real need in the market.”

Clare Pelham, Chief Executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability said: “We are delighted to work with Sir Stelios on an award that celebrates the remarkable achievements of disabled entrepreneurs.

“I know there are many talented and successful disabled entrepreneurs out there. I urge them to take advantage of this unique opportunity for valuable recognition of their business and skills – in cash and publicity – and apply.”

Last year’s winner, Ben Wolfenden said: “Winning the 2014 award has meant so much to me both financially and personally. I’ve been able to solidify the team and our offering, grow some fantastic new clients and build a better working environment for my health.”

Ben said that despite undergoing a gruelling regime of medication and five hours of physiotherapy every day, he and his team have grown Visibilis by over 1000% in the year from 2012 to 2013, with 2014 exceeding expectations.

He added, “I would urge anyone with a disability, whether you see yourself as an entrepreneur or not, to apply and let Stelios and his team decide!”

For full details on eligibility and an application form please visit www.leonardcheshire.org/stelios or call 020 7112 1489. 

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Studying, partying and dating – the everyday antics of students living away from home for the very first time. At National Star College in Gloucestershire the thrills and spills of college life are just the same, except that all the students have disabilities.

The first of this powerful three-part series introduces us to a stand-out cast of wonderful characters, as we delve into the heartache of first love, the intimacy of close friendship and the inspiration of young people overcoming the odds.

Life at National Star is very different to life outside, as we find when we meet Beth in the Welsh Valleys who is preparing to leave home for the first time and start at the college. She is desperate to meet new friends and quickly falls for Ed. But Beth must come to terms with his learning disability, which is causing him to believe that he is a retired premiership footballer.

The high-octane college life includes all-campus events such sports day, summer balls and electing a new Student Union president. Bradley is running for the top job, but can he usurp the slick incumbent Nathan, who is running for a second term?

Meanwhile, we meet roommates Xenon and Bradley, who banter effortlessly about which of them is more handsome. But with their time at National Star drawing to an end, will their friendship endure after college?

The programme will be aired on BBC Three on 30 July at 9pm to 10pm

Read the full article online: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2015/30/the-unbreakables

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A disabled campaigner is one of five blind and visually-impaired people taking pioneering legal action against their local councils over the failure to make voting in elections accessible to them.

Graham Kirwan, who is visually-impaired, has been trying to persuade Dudley council for nine years to make the adjustments that would allow him to vote independently, and privately.

Now he is one of five sight-impaired people who have enlisted legal firm Leigh Day to take up their cases, following complaints they made through the disability charity RNIB about problems they encountered in the run-up to the general election on 7 May.

The five were either unable to vote in the election or had their right to a secret vote compromised.

Kirwan and the other claimants say their councils unlawfully discriminated against them under the Equality Act, and also breached the Human Rights Act, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), and the Representation of the People Act.

Article 29 of the UNCRPD, on participation in political and public life, protects the right of disabled people to “vote by secret ballot in elections”, and aims to guarantee that “voting procedures, facilities and materials are appropriate, accessible and easy to understand and use”.

The Representation of the People Act requires polling stations to provide a large print version of the ballot paper for reference and a tactile voting device to enable electors with visual impairments to vote independently.

But Kirwan and others say the system does not work in practice because the large print text is often not big enough, and the tactile voting device is not fit for purpose.

Kirwan said Dudley council refused to send him his voting information via email, rather than in the post, and failed to provide CCTV magnification equipment at his polling station that would have allowed him to read information about the candidates, because the large print information available was not large enough for him to read.

Even if that had been available, he believes he would still have been forced to ask someone else to help him cast his vote because the tactile voting device does not always work correctly.

Council threats that he could be fined £5,000 if he failed to fill in its inaccessible forms had already helped cause severe depression and anxiety, for which he is still being treated.

Dealing with the council, he says, changed him from “a confident blind person to one who went into rages, always angry [and] became anxious, could not sleep and found it difficult to communicate with others”.

Kirwan, who represents Dudley Centre for Inclusive Living on accessible information issues, is now 55 years old, and has never been able to vote, because of his impairment.

He told Disability News Service (DNS): “When you vote, it is private. I am denied that right. If I go and try and take somebody with me, somebody else could vote differently on my behalf and I wouldn’t know.

“I have rights to independence, choice and control over my life. That is all I want.”

Kirwan added: “It is just like I am excluded. It caused me stress. I don’t have a say in the decision-making that everybody else takes for granted.”

He says he will not try to vote again unless he can do so electronically.

Although there has been legal action around physical barriers to voting, this is believed to be the first involving the inaccessibility of the voting process to blind and partially-sighted people.

Kate Egerton, a discrimination solicitor in Leigh Day’s human rights department, said: “Some of the five had problems registering to vote, some had problems with the postal vote, and some had problems in their polling stations on the day.

“From start-to-finish, the whole system is inaccessible.”

She said they would be asking the courts to force the local authorities involved to make the voting process accessible to blind and visually-impaired people, in time for next year’s local elections.

Phillip Tart, Dudley council’s strategic director for resources and transformation, said: “Ballot papers are printed in the format as specified by the legislation relevant to each individual election.

“All polling stations are provided with magnifiers and selector templates to aid partially-sighted people to vote independently, [and] electors with disabilities can also be assisted by a companion or the presiding officer.

“Whilst we would be happy to talk with Mr Kirwan to understand his particular issues, for reasons of data protection we are unable to comment further, and we are not aware of any legal proceedings against the council at this time.”

Earlier this month, another legal action taken by Kirwan over the right to accessible information led to NHS England publishing its first accessible information standard (AIS).

The agreement to publish the AIS came after Kirwan took the NHS to court over its failure to provide his health-related information in a format that was accessible to him, via email rather than by post.

DNS first reported on Kirwan’s complaint two years ago, after NHS England agreed to set up an advisory panel to draw up the new “information standard”, as a result of his legal case.

He said the result was “brilliant” and would make a “massive, massive, massive” difference to tens of thousands of disabled people with sensory and learning impairments.

It will mean that all organisations providing NHS or adult social care will have to produce information in a service-user’s preferred format by 31 July 2016, and provide them with communication support if they need it.

Kirwan said: “Many will receive accessible health information for the first time, and most importantly in private. It will save NHS a lot of money in missed appointments.”

News provided by John Pring at www.disabilitynewsservice.com


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There should be no stigma, so that all can seek diagnosis and treatment , to not only enhance their own life but to also enhance the lives of those near to them.

Originally posted on Gentle Kindness :

“What is Stigma?
· An attempt to label a particular group of people as less worthy of respect than others
· A mark of shame, disgrace or disapproval that results in discrimination
· Not just a matter of using the wrong word or action – its about disrespect”

                                                                                                      NAMI multicultural action center web site

People with mental health issues sometimes choose to put off seeking much needed treatment, due to stigma in our culture. Once they are diagnosed with a mental illness, people have to live with the problems that go along with being officially diagnosed with a mental illness.

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A team at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has developed a strikingly new approach for treating Rett syndrome, a devastating autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that affects 1 in 10,000 people in the US, mostly girls. In a paper appearing online in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Professor Nicholas Tonks, FRS, and colleagues, demonstrate that treatment with small-molecule drug candidates significantly extends lifespan in male mice that model Rett syndrome and ameliorates several behavioral symptoms of the disorder in model female mice.

“At this time, there is no disease-modifying therapy for Rett syndrome,” Tonks noted, “and the focus of most current therapies is management of symptoms. Our approach represents a new strategy. In the research we’re reporting today, we have clear evidence in mice that we can actually reverse symptoms – supporting the concept that the disorder is not irreversible and may be amenable to treatment with small molecule drugs.”

Rett syndrome is a so-called X-linked disorder affecting the brain and nervous system. It is caused by mutations in a gene on the X chromosome called MECP2, which regulates the activity of other genes. Males have one copy of the X chromosome and one copy of the Y chromosome. Females have no Ys and two Xs, one of which is normally inactivated. Boys born with the MECP2 mutation have no other copy of the gene to fall back on, and often die in the first year or two of life. Girls with the mutation often survive because they have another copy of the gene. The first year or two of life is often normal, but by age two developmental pathologies strike, including cessation of brain development, impairment of gait, and loss of already acquired social skills. Nine in 10 Rett patients are girls, since most boys don’t emerge from infancy.

The encouraging research reported today is the product of 25 years of research by Professor Tonks. In 1988, Tonks, a biochemist, discovered an enzyme called PTP1B that would prove to be the first of a family of such proteins that now has 105 members; all are phosphatases, enzymes that remove phosphate groups from other proteins. These enzymes are central players in cascades of signals sent among and within cells to control fundamental processes such as growth and metabolism. In fact, PTP1B has been shown to function in suppressing signaling by the hormones insulin and leptin, which, respectively, are central in the pathology of diabetes and obesity. Consequently, drug candidates that inhibit PTP1B activity have been recognized for their potential as new approaches to treating these major diseases. Identifying and characterizing such drug candidates is one focus of the research in Professor Tonks’ group.

Realizing that metabolic regulation appears to be abnormal in Rett syndrome – “an underappreciated fact,” he says — Navasona Krishnan, Ph.D., a Research Associate who works with Professor Tonks, proposed using inhibitors of PTP1B to see if they might address any of the range of symptoms seen in the disease. He demonstrated early on that PTP1B levels were abnormally elevated in the model mice. This was an encouraging sign that inhibitors of PTP1B might have a beneficial effect in Rett syndrome mice. In young male mice lacking the Mecp2 gene (the analog of the MECP2 human gene implicated in Rett), one of Tonks’ PTP1B inhibitors extended median lifespan from 50 days to about 75 days. Another molecule worked even better, extending survival up to 90 days.

In more mature female mice modeling the syndrome, PTP1B inhibitors improved symptoms in behavioral tests. In one, a paw-clasping behavior analogous to stereotactic hand movements seen in human patients was decreased following administration of a PTP1B inhibitor – the incidence among the treated mice was cut to 25% from nearly 100% prior to treatment. And on a walking test, mice modeling Rett placed on a rotating wheel showed partially restored function – they could remain on the wheel without falling off for significantly longer than untreated model mice.

Tonks, Krishnan and colleagues wanted to know if the glucose-regulating properties of the PTP1B inhibitors used in the experiments were alone responsible for the improvements observed. When the model mice were given two mainstay treatments for diabetes, metformin and rosiglitazone, there was no improvement. This suggested there was something more going on when PTP1B inhibitors were administered. But what?

Further experiments revealed a connection between PTP1B and the neural growth factor called BDNF, critical in early brain development (and in subsequent function of the brain). BDNF docks at cell receptors called TRKB (“track-B”). “Under normal conditions, PTP1B levels are low and signaling via TRKB is promoted,” Tonks explains. “In Rett syndrome, PTP1B levels are extremely high and signaling through TRKB is attenuated.” This suggests a molecular-level explanation of why PTP1B inhibitors helped to improve Rett symptoms. “When you inhibit PTP1B, as our drug candidates do, you restore BDNF signaling through the TRKB receptor.”

Some current drug development efforts seek to activate the TRKB pathway in Rett syndrome, to restore BDNF responses. However, such approaches do not take into account the barrier that high levels of PTP1B represent. Tonks likens this to trying to drive a car by putting your foot down on the gas while the brakes are still on. If you hammer away at the gas, the car still won’t move forward very well. “Since PTP1B acts as the ‘brake’ in the Rett syndrome model,” he says, “our approach of inhibiting PTP1B shows what happens when you simply take your foot off the brake!”

Tonks’ lab has now entered into collaborations with other labs expert in the clinical manifestations of Rett syndrome, to understand in much greater detail how the inhibition of PTP1B will modify the varied effects of the disorder in the body.

Adapted by MNT from original media release

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The research described in this release was supported by NIH grants CA53840 and GM55989; NIH grant MH082808; CSHL Cancer Centre Support Grant CA45508; the American Diabetes Association Pathway to Stop Diabetes Grant 1-14-ACN-31.

“PTP1B inhibition suggests a novel therapeutic strategy for Rett syndrome” appears online ahead of print in Journal of Clinical Investigation on Monday, July 27, 2015. The authors are: Navasona Krishnan, Keerthi Krishnan, Christopher R. Connors, Meng S. Choy,

Rebecca Page, Wolfgang Peti, Linda Van Aelst, Stephen D. Shea and Nicholas K. Tonks.

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