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Thomas (T J)
Thomas - service user, Momentum
'Hi, this is T J here. I'm from Momentum and I do some work
with the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disabilities as a
co-consultant and a co-trainer.
'I'm good at standing up at conferences and speaking for
people with learning disabilities. At one point I didn't stand
up at meetings and speak for other people and myself, and at one
point I wasn't very good at standing up at all. I just sat in
the corner like a quiet wee person.
'I am not so good at reading and writing'
Question: 'What can people do to help you understand written
information T J?'
'Make it Easy Read for people with learning disabilities. And
in the Scottish Government, they should speak less jargonised,
political jargon words. Stop using jargonised words in the
meeting so people with learning disabilities could understand what they're saying, instead of talking in their
lingo that they speak in the government.
'I like to see the minutes of a meeting [in advance]. You can
go over the minutes. You can decide what you want to
'People should treat people with learning disabilities in
the same way as everyone else.'