Tormented Lives

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Documentary in which disability rights campaigner Rosa Monckton provides an insight into the harrowing stories behind headline-grabbing accounts of attacks on people with learning difficulties. She meets families that were neglected by the authorities after coming under siege in their own homes, and details how these incidents have seen people driven from their properties, with some cases resulting in murder and suicide. In a revealing and moving documentary, disability rights campaigner and confidante of the late Princess Diana, Rosa Monckton, exposes the reality of life for people with learning disabilities facing hate crime. With daily headline-grabbing accounts of attacks on disabled people that have even led to murder and suicide, Rosa admits she is deeply concerned about the future that awaits her own teenage daughter, Domenica, who has Down's syndrome. What will life be like for her once Rosa and her husband Dominic Lawson are no longer around to protect her? In this, Rosa's second documentary, we see people literally driven from their homes, individuals facing abuse and daily torment just because they have a disability. Rosa meets families under siege in their own homes, and shows how the authorities often fail to respond effectively to the abuse they face. And she tries to help one tormented man, Christopher, in his battle to live independently as a respected and useful member of society.

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  • Yusiley S

    I think the best parents could do with people with learning disabilities is tough love. Being that I'm an individual with learning disabilities I could really relate to the people in this video. However, I was very fortunate to have a mother who was strict and attacked aggressively towards my disabilities, so she wouldn't have to worry about how I could live independently.  I hate it how people make excuses due to their disabilities. Everyone has issues that limits them, but it is up to the individual whether he or she wants to allow that disability to stop them from succeed. My mother gave me the tools it was up to me whether I want to move forward or allow my disabilities to hinder my life to normalcy. People get shocked when I tell them I have learning disabilities because when they talked to me I articulate myself really well. If the person in the video was raised by my mom instead of a mom who limits her daughters potential and spoils her... this individual would be able to graduate high school with a regular diploma and even graduate college with a bachelors degree in any field. The daughter is also at fault for worrying about her future. If she truly wanted to be more independent she has to force herself out of the system that limits her. Is it easy to live a normal lifestyle with a disability? Hell no! However, it is a better life than having to rely on others for everything. It will be costly in all areas but well worth it. I don't face prejudice because I was raised as a normal child... not as a child with disabilities. My mom was tougher on me than my siblings. She forced me to have more responsibilities than my siblings (who are labeled as geniuses by the medical world). Was it easy? No. There were days I wanted to give up but I knew if I wanted the better life I have to work 200% more than the average person. If I wanted to earn a respectable wage I have to put 200% all the time. To use my brain to the fullest so no one could get even a hint or suggestion that I have a disability. That's the beauty of having a learning disability it is one of the easiest of disabilities to hide. The only way someone would know if you tell them or that they knew you long enough to have the clues already.

    With all that had been written here, I do want to point out that even with all of the hard work and knowledge I have, I still struggle with fighting against a system that wants to restrict individuals w/ disabilities to a limited life. I also get easily angered when I see others who have disabilities are being abused or neglected by others, especially when they're children. It's why I became a teacher for Special Education (aka ESE). I figured that the best way to fight against the injustice that people with disabilities face within the world is by fighting where that injustice started. We all seen it... we've seen how regular teachers belittle and patronize students with disabilities. How these students are still set aside because of their disabilities. It still occurs, even with all the techniques,skills, research, studies and programs that are available to push people with disabilities forward... there are still people who want to shut the door of opportunity. Mostly because people are too lazy to take the extra 3 mins to explain something. It's up to those of us who lived through those tough times and know how it feels to be an individual with disabilities to help those who are just learning how to cope with theirs. It's not just the academic stuff, it's also about living life as one ages.  Things that the average person without disabilities take for grated and/or not considered.

    Thanks for posting this video.

  • mmhmm

    this breaks my heart.
    man, people are soo fkn unconscious and ignorant.

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