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Neurodiversity and Me: A Personal Context by Alex Dunedin

I am ‘Neurodivergent’. I am ‘Dyslexic’ and have lived my life negotiating what I was told was. Dyslexia is a ‘neurodevelopmental disorder’ which for many years a controversial thing. Growing up I realised how some people believed that children (like me) were ‘stupid’, ‘lazy’, ‘incompetent’ in relation to schoolwork (to some individuals); whilst others recognised that I struggled to see what was on the printed page yet could manage to negotiate tasks sufficiently when given agency. Read more

Reportage: Salvation Army Presentation in Scottish Parliament on Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Services by Alex Dunedin

This is an audio recording of the Salvation Army Presentation in Scottish Parliament on Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Services which took place on Thursday 8 February 2018 17:30-19:30 in The Garden Lobby.  At the beginning of 2018 Scottish Government was to begin the process of renewing ten years of drugs and alcohol recovery policy. Read more

Trouble In Paradise: Happy Birthday Edinburgh Cyrenians 50 Year Celebration by Alex Dunedin

I have written this to commemorate the 50th anniversary celebrations of Edinburgh Cyrenians, an organisation which in my opinion is the gold standard of how human beings in need should get the support they require in a society which, despite having so many great successes, fails in horrifically modern and technocratic ways.  It is not easy to bring the support to vulnerable people and things are particularly challenging when individuals have multiple needs. Read more

Disaster Capitalism and War on Drugs: An Interview With Antony Loewenstein and Q+A Session at Recovering Justice

A key aim of Antony Loewenstein’s book and film ‘Disaster Capitalism’ is to examine and reveal the dark and manipulative sides of aid as something which is used to extract profit from misery and disaster.  This article covers an interview with Antony as he did a film screening followed by questions and answers at Recovering Justice in Newcastle.  Disaster capitalism is about how economies have risen out of exploiting war, the criminalisation of populations, illness, natural disaster, and vulnerabilities across the world and on our own doorstep. Read more

Podcast: Michael Collins Deputy Director at the Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of National Affairs Explains How To Influence Legislation

Deputy Director at the Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of National Affairs in Washington, D.C, is Michael Collins.  He works with Congress to effect change in legislation on a wide variety of drug policy issues including ‘the war against drugs’, access to sterile syringes for drug users, appropriations, and Latin America. Originally from Glasgow in Scotland, he has lived in France, Spain and Mexico, before he moved to the U.S. Read more

Investigating Attitudes Towards Aspects of Welfare Reform by Stephen McMurray

There has been an increasing political focus on the issue of benefit sanctions and their impact since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as the leader of the Labour Party and the success of Ken Loach’s film I, Daniel Blake. There have been significant changes in recent years to the UK welfare system implemented by the UK Government in London.  Read more