Back To The Future

West Lothian

Disability Oral Histories
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john

John shares his work history and his thoughts regarding disability.


"I found the culture in Bangour to be much more about people, to be much more about the person and not so much about the illness. I found it more about the people when I came through to Bangour."

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Scott shares how life has been living and working with disability through the years.


"I wish I had different opportunities, you know, with learning more like science and that sort of thing. I felt like I'd like to have progressed more. I wish I'd had more opportunities to try things out, to see how I got on but I always think the teachers and education thought, because of my disability, there was only so much I could do."

Billy

Kathy shares her work history and her thoughts regarding disability.


"I really enjoyed my work at that time, there was quite a lot of developments on the go, there was opportunities to do things. It wasn't really like work for me, I just totally enjoyed the kind of spirit of what we were trying to do."

Gordon

Gordon shares how life has been living and working with disability through the years.


"The Disability Discrimination Act was a big thing. They tried to give disabled people equal rights but it was watered down. Businesses thought that making everything fully accessible would cost billions. So what they did was come up with an Act that didn't go as far as it should have."

john

James shares his work history and his thoughts regarding disability.


"Practices are much improved, the way we go about things such as confidentiality and respecting people's views is more enlightened. I think we're a lot better at meeting people's needs now than we were perhaps 10 or 15 years ago."

john

Jordan shares his work history and his thoughts regarding disability.


"One of the biggest changes is, self-directed support, and the way in which people now have more control in the way their service is delivered. Care is now more community based than it was in the past."

john

Moira shares how life has been living and working with disability through the years.


"The shops in Linlithgow were not accessible, because they were old buildings and historic. So if I needed to go to the shops, I could open the door and wait for an assistant to come out to me or helped me in. Everybody knew me in Linlithgow. People were helpful."

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Colin shares how life has been living and working with disability through the years.


"When I went to school my problems were compounded by the fact that I couldn't read and write and I had all sorts of problems, and of course in those days they didn't recognise dyslexia or dysgraphia or even autism. So I went through a school system that had no understanding of any of these learning differences."

john

James shares how life has been living and working with disability through the years.


"Quite a few People in Gogarburn wanted to vote, we completed the form to be on the register, however they said, 'sorry we cannot accept a hospital as a fixed address'. So we decided to complain, we complained to the Registry Office about it, they said, 'we can't help you, you'll have to go through the courts'."

frances

Frances shares how life has been living with disability through the years.


"So, that, hopefully, people can see, that people with disabilities can lead their lives the same as anyone else would lead their life, apart from any perhaps physical restrictions, there's nothing strange or different about people with disabilities."