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A foot in the door: the early years of supported living for people with learning difficulties in the UK

Authors:
SIMONS Ken, WARD Linda
Publisher:
National Development Team
Publication year:
1997
Pagination:
158p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Manchester

Reviews the experience of developing supported living in the UK, focusing in particular on the supported living programme set up by the National Development Team. Explores the principles of supported living, describes how these principles have been put into practice, outlines some of the barriers encountered during the development of supported living, and discusses the strategic implications of making supported living more widely available.

Book

Citizen advocacy: the inside view

Author:
SIMONS Ken
Publisher:
Norah Fry Research Centre
Publication year:
1993
Pagination:
143p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Bristol

Explores the direct experiences of people involved in citizen advocacy. Focuses specifically on situations involving people with learning difficulties and looks at what advocates actually do.

Journal article

Whose terms?

Authors:
BOOTH Tim, SIMONS Ken
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 5.10.89, 1989, pp.19-22.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Considers the debate of the usage of mental handicap/learning disability, and how people with learning difficulties/mental handicap perceive themselves and how they would like others to see them.

Book

Lines in the sand: final report

Authors:
SIMONS Ken, RUSSELL Oliver
Publisher:
Norah Fry Research Centre
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
129p.
Place of publication:
Bristol

A research project on the interface between mental health and learning disability services. The main objective of this research project, which was funded by the South West Regional NHS Research and Development Directorate, was to carry out an audit of ‘pressure points’ within services for people with learning disabilities and mental health needs in South West England. A retrospective two-year census of case files (n=348) was carried out, supplemented by in-depth interviews with key clinical staff (n=30), and semi-structured interviews with commissioners from Valuing People Partnership Boards (n =10) and Local Implementation Teams for the National Service Framework for Mental Health (n=9). The main outcome measures were descriptions of patterns of service use, along with the presence (or otherwise) of disputes and/or joint working, set in the context of the views of providers and commissioners.

Book

Pushing open the door: housing options; the impact of a housing and support advisory service

Author:
SIMONS Ken
Publisher:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation/Policy Press
Publication year:
2000
Place of publication:
York

An independent evaluation of the services provided by "Housing Options", an advisory service established to enable people with learning difficulties to access a much wider range of housing choices than has typically been available to them. Although "Housing Options" provides advice and information about a wide range of housing and support issues, it has a particular interest and expertise in the area of home ownership for people with learning difficulties, an option that, until recently, had largely been ignored by mainstream services.

Journal article

Whose home, whose life?

Author:
SIMONS Ken
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 8(4), April 1995, pp.14-15.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

Outlines a range of innovative approaches to housing and support for people with learning difficulties. Argues that RESCARE should be more concerned about lack of security for people living in institutions and concentrate their energies on developing good quality community-based services.

Book

My home, my life: innovative approaches to housing and support for people with learning difficulties

Author:
SIMONS Ken
Publisher:
Values into Action
Publication year:
1995
Pagination:
146p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Describes examples of innovative practice in housing and support for people with learning difficulties. Aimed at professionals, advocates and families.

Book

Self advocacy and adults with learning difficulties: contexts and debates

Authors:
SUTCLIFFE Jeannie, SIMONS Ken
Publisher:
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education
Publication year:
1993
Pagination:
126p.,list of orgs.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Leicester

Aimed at people working to support the development of self advocacy with people with learning difficulties in a range of settings. Looks at some of the issues and dilemmas involved and uses accounts of their experiences of self advocacy by people with learning difficulties.

Book

Sticking up for yourself: self-advocacy and people with learning difficulties

Author:
SIMONS Ken
Publisher:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publication year:
1992
Pagination:
82p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
York

Report examining what user participation can mean in practice, looking in particular at self-advocacy and people with learning difficulties. Explores the experiences of service users, supporters and staff.

Book

Paid work and housing : a comparative guide to the impact of employment on housing and support for people with learning disabilities

Authors:
PANNELL Jenny, SIMONS Ken, MACADAM Margaret
Publisher:
Pavilion
Publication year:
2000
Pagination:
77p.
Place of publication:
Brighton

This book compares the French and UK systems of providing related employment, support and housing for people with learning disabilities, focusing on and exploring the extent to which these systems facilitate opportunities to access work and housing. It identifies and describes a range of employment-related projects in the UK and France, exploring the strengths and weaknesses of both systems, and canvassing the opinions of those providing and, importantly, those using the services. The report makes recommendations for the future development of housing and employment options, suggesting ways in which these could include wider community involvement. With policy changes expected in this area in the UK, it aims to put the views of people with learning disabilities firmly on the agenda.

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