What being in control has meant this year is that my son Brian
has been able to go out and do his own Christmas shopping with the
support from his PA.
At this time of the year we will all be together as a family
over the Christmas, but after that Brian wants to go to a rock
show, Gym, and spend a few days away with his PA to do his own
With Brian being in control of his life I can now have a bit
more control over my own life, so in control is a win win
situation, and much better that the old days of traditional
services where you had no choice and no control.
Being in control has given Brian the opportunity to broaden his
horizons and work at being more independent and decide his own
future. In fact, Brian has a micro enterprise going; he collects
used printer cartridges from office blocks and industrial estates
and sells them back to the manufacturers to be re-filled. It gives
him a sense of purpose, introduces him into the world of work and
meeting other people in the community, so there are a lot of
elements in this work that are beneficial for Brian.
It also means I have confidence that Brian will live a life in
the community making his own decisions when I am no longer
This Christmas is a time to celebrate being 'in control' but
also to remind everyone that having fought so hard for this freedom
and control, we must defend it for those who follow us to make use