get2gether hosted an event with Alex Cole Hamilton, MSP, Clare Haughey, Minister of Health and others in the Scottish Parliament. The event highlighted the rights of the disabled to “take risks” and learn to be independent.
Subtitles: ALEX COLE HAMILTON, MSP, Scottish Liberal Democrats
Get2gether is an organization that I think is about myth busting. It’s about levelling the playing field, recognizing that people with mixed abilities still have wants and desires to have fun and get2gether does that in a huge range of ways whether that’s in speed dating, panto and boozy nights out. It’s a really chance to lead a normal adult life and I think there is nothing more important than that.
CLARE HAUGHEY, MSP, Scottish National Party Minister for Mental Health
Good relationships are what give us a sense of self, and make us all feel respected, liked and needed.
MARION SMITH, Project Manager, get2gether
It’s almost a dawn of an approach to adults who live with disabilities to say ‘You can live a truly adult life! Not only you can, but you should and you should demand it.’
CLARE MILLER, Project and Development Officer, get2gether
We know that everyone learns the skills of self-determination through doing things, through experiences, through making mistakes, through trial and error. Often when you are working with somebody our natural instinct is to want to help them to succeed, we want them to do well, and we want them to have nice experiences. So that sometimes can cause us to step in and do too much so that actually the person always does succeed. And this means that actually maybe the person doesn’t have the opportunity then to build resilience through failing, a normal part of life. But it also means that person didn’t have opportunities to try problem solving or thinking ‘what can I do now? I’ll try that’.
ANDREW HIDDLESTON, Ambassador, get2gether
Sometimes it’s just realizing, if you just try something you never know, what change you could make. And it’s just to say, get2gether… – where would I be without get2gether, I would probably still be molly-coddled by my family, who in a way thought they were helping, but they didn’t give me the chance to do these things myself.
KATRINA ROBERTSON, Ambassador, get2gether
The other times in the past people have tried to stop me from taking the opportunities. The first time I applied for the ambassador role I didn’t get it, and I remember saying to my family and friends – they told me I am stupid or mad that I was applying for a second time. I thought that sometimes you have to keep going in order to succeed.
KAREN SUTHERLAND, Ambassador, get2gether
“I think when we are talking about self-determination it’s quite easy because we all spoke about our role, being employed. That isn’t the only way to be self-determined. Whatever anybody wants to do as long as it’s their voice that’s being heard and they are the ones driving it forward, that’s self-determination. Whether it would be getting a job, getting married, having sex,… you know, having children! Whatever it is, going to a night club, deciding when you want to go home, that is self-determination!”