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Journal article

What do we mean by 'community'?

Author:
DOWSON Steve
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 8(3), January 1995, pp.6-7.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

Looks at the different meanings of community and argues that village communities do not provide benefits for people with learning difficulties.

Book

Keeping it safe: self-advocacy by people with learning difficulties and the professional response

Author:
DOWSON Steve
Publisher:
Values into Action
Publication year:
1990
Pagination:
24p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Challenges many of the ideas and practices associated with self-advocacy.

Book

An ordinary day

Author:
DOWSON Steve
Publisher:
Campaign for Mental Health
Publication year:
1988
Pagination:
44p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

A report based on accounts sent in to CMH of what people with learning difficulties did on the 20th April 1988.

Book

On one side: the role of the adviser in supporting people with learning difficulties in self advocacy groups

Authors:
DOWSON Steve, WHITTAKER Andrea
Publisher:
Values into Action/King's Fund Centre
Publication year:
1993
Pagination:
63p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London
Book

Moving to the dance: or service culture and community care

Author:
DOWSON Steve
Publisher:
Values into Action
Publication year:
1992
Pagination:
44p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Policy statement from VIA, setting out the direction in which services for people with learning difficulties should move.

Book

Who does what?: the process of enabling people with learning difficulties to achieve what they need and want

Author:
DOWSON Steve
Publisher:
Values into Action
Publication year:
1990
Pagination:
24p., diags., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

A framework for assessing what clients want, rather than what agencies perceive they need.

Journal article

Getting the best from 'the system'

Author:
DOWSON Steve
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 12(3), January 1999, pp.15-16.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

People's life plans should be based on their dreams but also relate to what can realistically be achieved from 'the system'. Looks at the My Life method of person-centred planning.

Journal article

How responsive is your service?

Author:
DOWSON Steve
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 7(2), October 1993, pp.10-11.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

Describes a framework for examining the responses of services to changing user needs and preferences.

Book

As nature intended?: attitudes to new genetics and people with learning difficulties

Author:
DOWSON Steve
Publisher:
Values into Action
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
52p.
Place of publication:
London

Reviews the moral dilemmas surrounding genetic engineering, eugenics and people with learning difficulties. Questions include: what is the place of people with learning difficulties in a society that values diversity?; what are the links between the abortion debates and debates on prevention of disability?; what is the potential impact of genetic technlogies on attitudes towards people with learning difficulties?.

Journal article

Selling individual budgets, choice and control: local and global influences on UK social care policy for people with learning difficulties

Authors:
BOXALL Kathy, DOWSON Steve, BERESFORD Peter
Journal article citation:
Policy and Politics, 37(4), October 2009, pp.499-515.
Publisher:
Policy Press

The authors of this article examine the influence of a range of national and international actors and networks on UK learning disability policy over the last 30 years, with particular focus on the policy shift towards individualised support and personalisation. Policy changes and developments within the UK are considered in the context of similar developments internationally and the extent to which personalisation can be sustained in the face of the scale and economic rationality of global markets is questioned. The article covers moves from institution to community, the Valuing People white paper and Valuing People Now consultation document and person-centred planning, direct payments and individual budgets, the personalisation of social care, people with learning difficulties and the disabled people's movement, the origins of direct payments policy in North America, marketing individual budgets, and key actors and agendas in the UK. The authors conclude that robust systems of accountability need to be developed that offer protection for users of individual budgets, including moving funding and service brokerage elements from local councils to local organisations, funding service user organisations to offer support and advocacy to users, and allocating funding to organisations of service users to enable them to develop links with service user groups beyond the UK.

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