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Independent living strategy: a review of progress

Author:
MORRIS Jenny
Publishers:
In Control, Disability Rights UK
Publication year:
2014
Pagination:
25
Place of publication:
Wythall

This report summarises the findings of a review of evidence about the impact of the 2008 Independent Living Strategy and seeks to measure progress against some of the most important specific aims of the strategy. The review found that there is no evidence of significant progress in disabled people’s experiences of choice and control in their lives since 2008. Personal budgets for social care tend to improve outcomes but there is evidence that inadequate funding and restrictions on how personal budgets/direct payments may be used can inhibit choice and control. Disabled people who need support in their daily lives and older people are experiencing diminishing opportunities to participate in family and community life. People with high levels of support needs are at increasing risk of institutionalisation while access to mental health services is becoming more difficult. There have been significant reductions in advice and advocacy services, particularly those funded by legal aid. There is no evidence that current policies to support disabled people into work are improving employment opportunities and large numbers of disabled people have experienced a reduction in their household income since 2010. Disabled people are experiencing a reduction in housing opportunities and an increasing number are living in accommodation which is not suited to their needs and there have been significant reductions in expenditure on important programmes intended to increase transport opportunities. (Edited publisher abstract)

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People with physical impairments and mental health support needs: a critical review of the literature

Author:
MORRIS Jenny
Publisher:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
53p.
Place of publication:
York

This report reviews the literature on the mental health support needs of people with physical impairments. The review is divided into two parts. The first part reviews research literature concerned with psychology, psychiatry and rehabilitation services. The second part of the review looks at what is known about the mental health support needs and experiences of people with physical impairments from a social model perspective. It was the first stage of a research project. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Rethinking disability policy

Author:
MORRIS Jenny
Publisher:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publication year:
2011
Pagination:
20p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
York

There are concerns that reductions in benefits and public services will significantly and disproportionately affect disabled people. This report examines the progress that has been made in disability policy in the last 20 years. It shows that there have been some key improvements in both the socio-economic experiences of disabled people, and in related government policies. Nevertheless, few disabled people are optimistic about what the future holds. Some aspects of the arguments made by disability organisations have been capitalised on by the politics and ideology driving recent and current policies in ways which disadvantage disabled people. In particular this has happened with the social model of disability and concepts of ‘independent living’, ‘user involvement’ and ‘co-production’. In order to experience equal access to full citizenship, disabled people require some kind of collective and redistributive mechanism. Such redistribution needs to be in the context of a value system which values diversity and in which disabled people are treated as belonging and contributing to the communities in which they live.

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Centres for independent living / local user-led organisations: a discussion paper

Author:
MORRIS Jenny
Publisher:
Great Britain. Department of Health
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
35p.
Place of publication:
London

This report written in July 2006 by Jenny Morris was commissioned by the DH Valuing People Support Team. The report looks at what needs to happen in order to fulfil the recommendation in the Improving Life Chances report  that: “By 2010, each locality (defined as that area covered by a Council with social services responsibilities) should have a user-led organisation modelled on existing CILs

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Centres for independent living and local user-led groups: a paper by Jenny Morris: easyread report

Author:
MORRIS Jenny
Publisher:
Great Britain. Department of Health
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
36p.
Place of publication:
London

This report written in July 2006 by Jenny Morris was commissioned by the DH Valuing People Support Team. The report looks at what needs to happen in order to fulfil the recommendation in the Improving Life Chances report (p91) that: “By 2010, each locality (defined as that area covered by a Council with social services responsibilities) should have a user-led organisation modelled on existing

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One town for my body, another for my mind: services for people with physical impairments and mental health support needs

Author:
MORRIS Jenny
Publisher:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
76p.
Place of publication:
York

Reports on high levels of dissatisfaction among mental health services users with physical impairments. Two-thirds reported difficulty accessing services. Key concerns included lack of assistance, accessible environments, withdrawal of medication for physical impairment on admission and non-availability when needed, community mental health workers' unfamiliarity with impairments, lack of a co-ordinated approach by GPs and psychiatrists, and fragmented physical/mental needs. People wanted to be seen as whole, with services and professionals communicating and working together. Concludes that services should work together to prevent needs being fragmented by professional and service boundaries.

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Disabled parents and schools: barriers to parental involvement in children's education

Author:
MORRIS Jenny
Publisher:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
43p.
Place of publication:
York

This book deals with barriers experienced in terms of dealing with/relationship with schools (physical barriers, attitudinal barriers, inaccessible information etc) . It gives examples of good practice: where e.g. a school or education professional had facilitated a disabled parent to play the role that any parent would expect to play in their child's education. The term 'disabled parents' includes those with physical and/or sensory impairments, learning disabilities, mental health support needs, long-term illness, HIV/AIDs.

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Mind and body together

Author:
MORRIS Jenny
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 30.09.04, 2004, pp.38-39.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Reports on the findings of a research which looked at the support needs of people with physical impairments who also have mental health and their experiences of both types of services. The study was carried out by Jenny Morris in partnership with Mind for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The research found that people experienced significant barriers to getting their needs met

Journal article

One town for my body, another for my mind

Author:
MORRIS Jenny
Journal article citation:
Openmind, 129, September 2004, p.13.
Publisher:
MIND

Reports on high levels of dissatisfaction among mental health services users with physical impairments. Two-thirds reported difficulty accessing services. Key concerns included lack of assistance, accessible environments, withdrawal of medication for physical impairment on admission and non-availability when needed, community mental health workers' unfamiliarity with impairments, lack of a co-ordinated approach by GPs and psychiatrists, and fragmented physical/mental needs. People wanted to be seen as whole, with services and professionals communicating and working together. Concludes that services should work together to prevent needs being fragmented by professional and service boundaries.

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They said what?: some common myths about disabled parents and community care legislation

Author:
MORRIS Jenny
Publisher:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
18p.
Place of publication:
York

This booklet is made up of a series of questions and answers which identify and explain some common misconceptions about the assistance and equipment available to disabled parents to help them look after their children. The idea for this booklet came from disabled parents who had difficulties in getting what they required. Some of the things they were told by social workers and other professionals were not accurate, but the parents usually did not have the necessary knowledge about their rights to challenge these statements. This booklet sets out some of these statements and gives information about what disabled people are entitled to. At the end of the booklet is a list of legislation and government guidance, and details of how to get hold of them. There is also information about organisations that can provide advice and information. The booklet covers England and Wales.

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