You don’t have to cast your mind back far to think of horrific cases in the media about abuse of people with disabilities. An obvious recent case is that of Ann Marie Smith.
As I write these words from a position of comfort my mind goes to what Ms Smith’s life may have been like, not just in her last hours, days or weeks but for the months and years that went before.
I keep circling back to ask how this could happen?
News stories report Ms Smith lived a life of relative privilege but the conditions leading up to and likely resulting in her death don’t reflect a privileged lifestyle. We often think that if we had more money our loved ones with disability will be secure after our death. Ms Smith’s tragic death demonstrates that is not the case. Something more is needed.