Episode 17: Hayley Goleniowska and Sally Phillips WDSD Special

It’s episode 17 of Challenging Behaviours, the podcast that challenges behaviours towards disability. In this episode Jack and Tom were lucky enough to be able to sit down with Hayley Goleniowska and Sally Phillips on World Down Syndrome Day and talk about some of the absolutely joys, and some of the challenges of bringing up a child with Down’s Syndrome, as well as the rising trend in screening and termination.

You can find Hayley’s blog at www.downssideup.com and on twitter @downssideup. Sally’s twitter is @sallyephillips

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Episode 16: Richard Huggins

t’s episode 16 of Challenging Behaviours, the podcast the challenges behaviours towards disability. In this episode we have political scientist and father of Tom Richard Huggins! We have an in-depth discussion around politics and learning difficulties!

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Episode 15: My Life My Choice

It’s Episode 15 of Challenging Behaviours, the podcast challenging behaviours towards disability. Jack and Tom were very lucky to spent time with members of the self advocacy group My Life My Choice and they were truly amazing! A huge thank you to them for coming on. You can check them out at www.mylifemychoice.org.uk and on @mylifemychoice1 on twitter.
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Episode 13: Wingin’ It

It’s episode 13 of Challenging Behaviours, the podcast the challenges behaviours towards disability. In this episode Jack and Tom cover a few different topics, including representation in Hollywood, the R word, and the Jack Adcock story (which some people think of as the Bawa Garba story.) We are aware that the latter is a subject that might ruffle some feathers, please do let us know what you think!

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Episode 12: Out Out

It’s episode 12 of Challenging Behaviours! The podcast the challenges behaviours towards disability. After being inspired by Stay Up Late and Gig Buddies, Jack and Tom discuss going out, nightlife, and going to see bands and some of the barriers that may exist.

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Episode 11: Sibling Revelry

In this episode Tom and Jack reflect on their experiences of having a sibling with additional needs and being a sibling with them.

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Toby Young…

Another blogpost… uh oh the fellas didn’t record again this week! Our last episode focused on education, a topic which turned out to be hugely relevant following on from the news of Toby Young’s appointment to the board of the new university watchdog, the office for students. This news was met with a huge amount of backlash due to many awful things Toby Young has said regarding woman, state school oxford students, disabled people, teachers and more. Due to the nature of our Podcast I’m going to dwell on what he said about wheelchair access and political correctness regarding disabled people.

In a column for spectator magazine Young wrote about inclusivity:

‘Inclusive. It’s one of those ghastly, politically correct words that have survived the demise of New Labour. Schools have got to be ‘inclusive’ these days. That means wheelchair ramps, the complete works of Alice Walker in the school library (though no Mark Twain) and a Special Educational Needs Department that can cope with everything from dyslexia to Münchausen syndrome by proxy. If [then education secretary, Michael Gove is serious about wanting to bring back O-levels, the government will have to repeal the Equalities Act because any exam that isn’t ‘accessible’ to a functionally illiterate troglodyte with a mental age of six will be judged to be ‘elitist’ and therefore forbidden by Harman’s Law.’

Inclusivity that awful thing where we make sure we include people who might otherwise be left out or marginalised. So ghastly.

Young’s quote alone speaks for itself and needs little deciphering, he hasn’t made a sly comment about wheelchair users, and dressed it up as an overall good thing like Phillip Hammond. No, instead he has just written a horribly and outwardly offensive piece which culminates in the phrase ‘functionally illiterate troglodyte with a mental age of six’.  I had to google the meaning of the word ‘troglodyte’ as I have never heard it before, according to google it is someone who lives in a cave. I can’t help but feel Young uses words like this when speaking to try and show how intelligent he (thinks he) is. When in reality he is just spurting horribly offensive and damaging slurs which have no basis.

Toby Young’s appointment plays into a larger issue which seems to be growing, or at least is as prominent as ever, where people are awarded roles or allowed to continue in important positions even though they clearly hold entitled and offensive views around disabled people. Toby Young clearly thinks little of disabled people, seeing inclusivity as a ‘ghastly’ thing yet he is still allowed to be on the board of the watchdog for student welfare. Phillip Hammond received no punishment for his comments around productivity, with Theresa May choosing to pretend they didn’t happen instead of even addressing them. Donald Trump is the president of America, he won the vote from a campaign where he was hugely Islamophobic, racist, sexist and where he openly mocked a disabled reporter, going on to do an impression of the reporter at a rally. More and more we are seeing people of power show how little they think of disabled people and still they are allowed to continue in their roles which have a large impact on these peoples lives. It’s genuinely frightening that we still live in a society in which so many people hold such archaic views, and to be honest it does worry me for the future and what the next round of Tory cuts will take aim at.

Sorry about the lack of episode this week! Last weeks was pretty good though, so you could always listen to that again…


Tom (@rapidrhino123)


Episode 9: Merry Quizmas!

This week the fellas celebrate the season the only way you can… with a Quiz! Who will win, Tom or Adam? and will Jack source questions in time!

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