Behind every disability is a person

People in general that consider themselves in reasonable good physical and mental health don’t always understand the traumas faced by those less fortunate. However, most people irrespective of this lack of understanding are usually more empathetic to others less fortunate than themselves.
It is disgusting that a government minister who claims to have grown up with mental health and depression issues is willing to see others less financially fortunate go without.
I worked from the age of sixteen. I have put myself through University three times. I have paid my taxes and national insurance. I am now unable to work owing to my dialysis treatment three times per-week. I would like Mr Freeman to know that I would much rather be earning a high wage rather than living on a pittance on disability.
Mine is a physical disability. Mental illness is worse. It is a hidden illness. Mental illness can cause people to act irrationally. This has led to a loss of lives.
George Freeman is a man that the public elected to represent them in parliament. This is a man who worked his way up in the government. This man was given a responsible job to a constituency that no doubt includes people with disability reliant on help from the government.
Why after such comments is this man allowed to remain in government. Why was he ever referred to as a “BIG brain” in May’s government? God help us all in that case! Just as well he is not ambassador to Trump.
The truth is everyone is born with brains. How we use our brains is dependent on our cognitive abilities. Cognitive abilities derive from specific neuronal networks. Our memories, learning and understanding are reliant on our cognitive networks.
The brain also provides one with the ability to apply common sense and rationality. Common sense is an ability to perceive, understand and judge situations rationally. NOT TO MAKE JUDGEMENT.  For people experiencing mental health common sense might prevail but not always rationality.
Mr Freeman if what he says about his childhood is accurate appears to lack on the memory and rational thinking side of things.
A biomedical degree like every other degree requires good learning and memory skills. However, one doesn’t need to have much common sense irrespective of whether it is a first or second class degree.
For a man claiming to have as a child experienced alcoholism and depression his comments suggest that his level of common sense and rationality is at an extreme low.
For a man whose life can be described as privileged his cognitive networks have let him down. His memory of his own childhood should tell him that Mental Health and other forms or disability exist throughout the social classes.
Mr Freeman have you ever heard of the phrase “If you had brains you would be dangerous”? Well this week you have been a shining example Mr BIG brain. You of all people should know that behind every disability is a person. Please treat us like people.

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