Manchester Dogs Home Fire

When i read about this on Thursday night, I was utterly shocked. What would make someone think to set fire to a dogs home. Apparently at least 60 dogs were killed in the fire, and many more badly injured. A lot of rescues near by have had to take in some of the dogs who have survived. This will probably have a knock on effect as resources in these places are stretched enough as it is.

The manchester evening news have set up a just giving page and the donations have just been pouring in.

Here is a more detailed article from
The house of dog
Or @Thehouseofdog on twitter.

I tried to post the main article but i can’t find a way to share it directly with my blog. The house of dog article is
And it gives details of how you can donate anything you can and spread the word. My heart goes out to all the people involved in the rescue and who are still helping these poor poor dogs.

I don’t normally post this kind of thing, and sorry it is a bit disjointed, but please please help if you can. Every little helps as they say. Some people can be so very cruel :(.

Don’t Give Me Stick For Using My Cane:Blind Oscar, 2, Leads Campaign To Help Henshaws Charity

My dad told me about this story the other day. I thought i’d check it out so a quick google braught up
This Article
I’ve also pasted it below. Thoughts? I’ll write my thoughts soon, but want to get your oppinions first. Enjoy!

Don’t give me stick for using my cane: Blind Oscar, 2, leads campaign to help Henshaws charity

February 17, 2011

GREAT STRIDES­ Oscar O’Sullivan-Hughes strives to lead as normal a life as possible.

GREAT STRIDES­ Oscar O’Sullivan-Hughes strives to lead as normal a life as possible.

When some people see little Oscar O’Sullivan-Hughes using his white cane, they assume it is just a toy and tut at him. But in fact two-year-old Oscar was
left blind at birth due to a rare genetic defect.

Now his parents have spoken out as Oscar becomes the face of a campaign to raise awareness of a charity for blind people.

Oscar, who lives with parents Kait Hughes and Anthony O’Sullivan in Wythenshawe, has Lebers Congenital Amaurosis.

Kait, 30, said: “Oscar’s used the cane since he’s been able to walk.

“Often when we are out in the shops he will stop to smell the bread, touch the fridges or smell the shampoos.

“People will lose patience with him and stride right over his cane.

“They have never knocked him over but they are so insensitive and will tut at him because he is holding them up.

“Often we think it’s because they are not aware or because they see that he is so young and think he can’t possibly be blind.”

Kait said the lack of information on child blindness even meant the family struggled to access the specialised services he required.

She said: “After he was born in November 2008, we noticed that despite his eyes being open he was not looking at things.

“When our concerns were raised, we were told he had jaundice and his sight would be okay.

“Another person told us because he was blind he would never smile. Even when he got the cane I couldn’t bring myself to accept he was blind.

“When we went to the playgroups other parents seemed scared to look at him.

“It was only when we accessed the Henshaws service at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital that we were able to understand and to learn to deal with his condition.”

Oscar is now at the forefront of a campaign launched by the Sale and Altrincham Advertiser and Stretford and Urmston Advertiser, to raise £50,000 for Henshaws
Society for Blind People, a charity based in Old Trafford. It helps blind and visually-impaired people build the skills they need to lead normal lives.

Henshaws put Oscar’s family in touch with another couple in Worcester whose son had the same condition as Oscar but was slightly older.

Kait said: “When we met the family they reassured us that their child was normal and could move around and talk with his brother. We knew then that Oscar
was going to be okay.”

Fiona Berry, Henshaws children and families team leader, said: “Our children and families service specialises in working with children and parents with
sight loss, often with complex needs and additional disabilities.

“Oscar’s case is unique in that he is the youngest person by far that we’ve ever taught to use a white cane.”

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Infant Is Returned To Blind Couple After State Places Her In Protective Custody

Remember I told you about how
Two Blind Parents
had their child taken off them because the hospital didn’t believe that they could look after the child because they were blind? Well they now have her back.
Here Is theWebsite
I got the article from. I am so glad that she is back with her family but it would have done wonders for sighted people’s perceptions of blindness unfortunately. It is still horrible that such a thing could happen. Anyway here is the article. Congratulations to the parents again. And what a load of balls about them needing “24 hour care by a sighted person”? Jesus christ!!!! Anyway……..

Erika Johnson will never be able to see her baby, Mikaela.

But for 57 days she couldn’t keep her newborn close, smell her baby’s breath, feel her downy hair.

The state took away her 2-day-old infant into protective custody — because Johnson and Mikaela’s father are both blind.

No allegations of abuse, just a fear that the new parents would be unable to care for the child.

On Tuesday, Johnson still couldn’t stop crying, although Mikaela was back in her arms.

“We never got the chance to be parents,” she said. “We had to prove that we could.”

Tuesday, she and Blake Sinnett knew their baby was finally coming home to their Independence apartment, but an adjudication hearing was scheduled for the afternoon on whether the state would stay involved in the rearing of the baby. Then from a morning phone call to their attorney, they learned that the state was dismissing their case.

“Every minute that has passed that this family wasn’t together is a tragedy. A legal tragedy and a moral one, too,” said Amy Coopman, their attorney. “How do you get 57 days back?”

Arleasha Mays, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Social Services, said privacy laws prohibited her from speaking about specific cases. But she added, “The only time we recommend a child be removed is if it’s in imminent danger.”

Johnson said she knew the system eventually would realize its horrible mistake, but she often was consumed with sadness. Sinnett tried his best to keep Johnson hopeful.

For almost two months she and Sinnett could visit their baby only two or three times a week, for just an hour at a time, with a foster parent monitoring.

“I’m a forgiving person,” Johnson said, but she’s resentful that people assumed she was incapable.

“Disability does not equal inability,” she said.

Representatives of the sightless community agreed that people were well-meaning but blinded by ignorance.

Mikaela was born May 21 at Centerpoint Medical Center of Independence. The doctors let Sinnett “see” her birth by feeling the crowning of her head.

For Johnson, hearing Mikaela’s whimpers was a thrill. The little human inside her all these months, the one who hiccupped and burped, who kicked and moved, especially at night, was now a real person whom she loved more than anything else she’d ever imagined.

In her overnight bag was Mikaela’s special homecoming outfit, a green romper from Johnson’s mother, with matching bottoms and a baby bow.

Questions arose within hours of Mikaela’s birth, after Johnson’s clumsy first attempts at breast-feeding — something many new mothers experience.

A lactation nurse noticed that Mikaela’s nostrils were covered by Johnson’s breast. Johnson felt that something was wrong and switched her baby to her other side, but not before Mikaela turned blue.

That’s when the concerned nurse wrote on a chart: “The child is without proper custody, support or care due to both of parents being blind and they do not have specialized training to assist them.”

Her words set into motion the state mechanisms intended to protect children from physical or sexual abuse, unsanitary conditions, neglect or absence of basic needs being met.

Centerpoint said it could not comment because of patient privacy laws, but spokeswoman Gene Hallinan said, “We put the welfare of our patients as our top priority.”

A social worker from the state came by Johnson’s hospital room and asked her questions: How could she take her baby’s temperature? Johnson answered: with our talking thermometer. How will you take her to a doctor if she gets sick? Johnson’s reply: If it were an emergency, they’d call an ambulance. For a regular doctor’s appointment, they’d call a cab or ride a bus.

But it wasn’t enough for the social worker, who told Johnson she would need 24-hour care by a sighted person at their apartment.

Johnson said they couldn’t afford it, didn’t need it.

“I needed help as a new parent, but not as a blind parent,” Johnson said.

She recalled the social worker saying: “ ‘Look, because you guys are blind, I don’t feel like you can adequately take care of her.’ And she left.”

The day of Johnson’s discharge, another social worker delivered the news to the couple that Mikaela was not going home with them. The parents returned the next day to visit Mikaela before she left the hospital, but they were barred from holding her.

“All we could do was touch her arm or leg,” Johnson said.

The couple began making calls. Gary Wunder, president of the National Federation of the Blind of Missouri, had trouble believing it at first.

“I needed to verify their whole story,” he recalled. “We had to do due diligence. … I found the couple to be intelligent and responsible.

“We knew this was an outrage that had taken place.”

He notified Kansas City chapter president Shelia Wright, who visited the 24-year-olds. Hearing about the empty crib, the baby clothes, Wright recalled, “I felt as helpless as I’ve ever felt in my life.

“I hurt so bad for them. This is unforgivable.”

They rallied other associations for the blind nationwide. More than 100 people at a national convention in Dallas volunteered to travel to Kansas City to protest and testify, both as blind parents and as the sighted children of blind parents. (Mikaela has normal sight.)

They also hired Coopman, who watched the young couple with their baby girl on Tuesday.

“I’m sorry,” she said, wiping tears. “But this should not have happened.”

Johnson kept a journal that Coopman is keeping closed for now. She indicates that legal action will be taken.

“Whether a couple is visually impaired or deaf or in a wheelchair, the state should not keep them from their children,” she said.

Now breast-feeding is a lost option. And the beautiful newborn clothes hanging in the closet went unworn, because their baby was growing bigger in the arms of someone else.

The couple said they had tried to prove themselves to the sighted community since their early years. Sinnett rode his bicycle on the street with the help of a safety gadget. Johnson graduated from high school with honors. But all the challenges they’ve endured over the years shrink compared to the responsibility of caring for 10 pounds of squirming baby girl.

Johnson cuddled Mikaela. Gave her a bottle. Patted her back until she burped. Mikaela gave a tiny smile.

In their 24 years, the couple said, they’ve both endured prejudice from others. They don’t want any other blind parent to suffer the same obstacle they did.

Fifty-seven days are too precious to lose.

The Outrage!

I got this from a community I used to be part of when i had my old blog. I still read it, and just had to post this. This is…………………like jesus christ!!!
This is the site
I got this from. I’m not a parent, but if both parents are capable, and are independent, i don’t see why they couldn’t look after a child. I mean oh my god!!! They obviously wouldn’t have “done the deed” if they couldn’t look after the child!!! I’m sure there are plenty of blind parents about, so why the hell should a blind couple not be able to look after a child? I mean it’s 2010! Jesus christ!! I thought all parents, or most of them had problems with a child breast feeding and all? I’m fucking annoyed now!!!! I mean fair enough if they aren’t capable then yeah i understand what they did, but foster care? What?

Anyway……’s the article. What do you all think? I hope it’s not just me who thinks it’s really crap, and is kind of discrimination. What do you think?

On May 21, 2010, a blind couple in Missouri gave birth to their first child, Mikaela.
A few hours after Mikaela was born, the mother experienced some difficulty breastfeeding,
a common problem for first-time mothers. She asked her nurse for advice, but instead
of offering guidance, the nurse called Child Protective Services. That evening, newborn
Mikaela was taken into foster care. Why? Not because the parents used drugs, showed
signs of abuse or were found to be living in substandard conditions. The only reason
CPS cites for their intervention is the mere fact that the parents are blind and,
therefore, are not fit parents. This in spite of hundreds of blind parents, including
single parents and blind couples, who have successfully raised children to adulthood.
Leaders in the National Federation of the Blind of Missouri also interviewed the
parents extensively and determined that they are indeed skilled in the adaptive techniques
needed to parent without sight.
Amazingly, no federal laws exist at this time to protect disabled parents from this
kind of blatant discrimination. So the burden of proof now rests on the parents to
demonstrate that they are capable of taking care of their daughter. With the help
of the NFB of Missouri, they have hired an attorney at $250 per hour to represent
them in court, and are also paying to get official evaluations showing that they
are fit to raise a child. We are optimistic that with a sympathetic judge, baby Mikaela
will be able to come home. But we need money to continue fighting this battle, not
only for Mikaela’s family, but also so that people like me will be able to have kids
one day without fearing that this tragedy could happen to us as well.
If you would like to make a donation to help defray the tremendous legal expenses,
and are going to convention, you can stop by the NFB of Missouri table in the exhibit
hall. If you aren’t going to convention but would still like to contribute, please
send a check to:
Carol Coulter
1613 Blue Ridge
Columbia, MO 65202-1759
Please make checks payable to “National Federation of the Blind of Missouri” and
write “baby Mikaela” in the subject line.

Sporty Girl Overweight, Says NHS

This was posted on the 19th February, but who cares. I completely forgot about it.

I was totally shocked when I read
This Article
I mean how the hell can they say that? That is a load of balls!!!!! I mean a 3 Stone odd girl overweight? It’s getting rediculous now. Is it any wonder that there is Anorexia and the like? I don’t understand some people.

Anyway for anyone curious, and who can’t be bothered clicking the link,here it is.
Sporty girl from Poole is overweight, says NHS

Five-year-old Lucy Davies’ parents have been told she is overweight
The parents of a sporty five-year-old girl have received a letter from the NHS saying she is overweight.

Lucy Davies’ height and weight were measured as part of a government programme at her school in Poole.

Her mother, Susan, 38, said the 3ft 9in-tall girl, who weighs 3st 9lb, regularly played outdoors and took part in ballet, cheerleading and walks.

Bournemouth and Poole Primary Care Trust, which did the tests, said parents should be aware of the risks.

Lucy’s Body Mass Index (BMI) is 17.7, which for an adult would be considered slightly underweight.

But officials said that for a young girl, this meant she was 1% outside the healthy category and could be at risk of heart disease and cancer.

The tests were part of the National Child Measurement Programme, which is being carried out in schools across the country on children aged four to five and 10 to 11.

If they are overweight, this will cause many problems for them as they grow older and we need to tackle this head-on

Dr Adrian Dawson
Bournemouth and Poole PCT
Lucy’s father Anthony, 41, said the letter they received outlined how she could also be vulnerable to high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes.

Mrs Davies told BBC News she was more “bemused” by the letter than angry.

She said she always took the health of her children seriously and gives them five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

‘No diet’

Family meals are always home-cooked from scratch, she added.

But she said she was not going to be putting Lucy on a diet and would be carrying on with meals as normal.

Lucy’s mother said she was ”stunned” at the letter about her daughter’s weight

Bournemouth and Poole Primary Care Trust said the results were aimed at parents and were not given to children directly.

Dr Adrian Dawson, director of public health, apologised for any concern the letter caused and added that the trust had received some positive feedback about its approach.

He added: “We will be looking at the language and the processes that we use, but our priority is about ensuring the ongoing good health of our children.”

Dr Dawson said that parents were the only people who could affect a change in lifestyle through healthy eating, meal-time portion control and daily exercise.

“It is right that they are aware of the consequences for their children,” he added.

Let me know what you think!!!!! By the way, there was a “Flash movie” in this article that was an interview with the girls’ mum, but it didn’t display correctly. You can get it from the main article though.