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What makes a good life?

Author:
SNELL Janet
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, 9(3), May 2009, pp.18-20.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

The Camphill movement has 11 communities across England and Wales, where adults with learning disabilities live and work along side staff and volunteers without disabilities. In the past Camphill communities have come under criticism for segregating people with learning disabilities, however it is currently moving towards a more outward looking provider of supported living. This article talks to those living in two Camphill communities, Taurus Crafts in Gloucestershire and The Grange, to find out what it is like to live there.

Journal article

A silver lining

Author:
SNELL Janet
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, 10(2), April 2009, pp.22-25.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

Following the aftermath of the institutional abuse scandal in Cornwall, alternative accommodation needed to be found for many people with learning disabilities. This article outlines how people with high support needs are now experiencing independent living. Case studies of five individuals are included which illustrate how their lives have improved through supported living and shared ownership.

Journal article

You can hurry love

Authors:
SNELL Janet, McKAY Syreeta, HEER Kuljit
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, November 2008, pp.16-18.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

The first two authors, from the organisation Stars in the Sky, talk about the dos and don'ts of running a speed dating event for people with learning disabilities. The third author discusses the lessons learned from a primary care trust speed dating project in Wolverhampton.

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Shifting up a gear

Author:
SNELL Janet
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 26.07.07, 2007, pp.30-31.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Many partnership boards for people with learning disabilities have focused on ensuring users are fully involved but the best ones are really changing people's lives. This article looks at how to do things better and highlights some examples of good practice.

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Older and out

Author:
SNELL Janet
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 4.10.07, 2007, pp.28-29.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Older people with learning disabilities are having their hard won independence taken from them as they reach 65. This article look at the importance of providing services to older people with learning disabilities. It also includes a short case study.

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'Freedom would be my own flat'

Author:
SNELL Janet
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 24.05.07, 2007, pp.28-29.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

A recent campaign survey by 'Community Care' found widespread frustration among people with learning disabilities with their living arrangements, with two-thirds saying they wanted their own flat. The author talks to three women with learning disabilities about the way their lives are shaped by where they live, be it a group home, with parents and or in their own flat.

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Longest waiting list in the NHS

Authors:
SNELL Janet, VALIOS Natalie
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 8.1.04, 2004, pp.28-30.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

The closure of long-stay hospitals for people with learning difficulties is supposed to be a priority for the NHS but many will not meet the deadline. Reports on the issues and talks to those who have experienced life inside, and out.

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A global movement

Author:
SNELL Janet
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 7.11.02, 2002, pp.26-28.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Looks at how to ensure that self-advocacy for people with learning difficulties continues to develop.

Journal article

Include us in!

Author:
SNELL Janet
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, 10(10), December 2010, pp.14-15.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

The ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’ report published the results of a landmark consultation exercise with service users. The report was published alongside the Valuing People white paper in spring 2001 and helped to shape this policy. A service user group, made up of members of People First, Mencap, Change, and Speaking Up, travelled around the country to gather grassroots views. This was the first time that the government had formally consulted ordinary people with learning disabilities before devising policy that affected them. The consultation found that people wanted to talk about their lives, including jobs and homes, and not just health issues. It showed that people with learning disabilities could be involved at senior policy level, and acted as a major catalyst for change enshrining the right to be included. This article considers whether, when it comes to inclusion, lasting gains were made. It argues that, although much has been achieved, more work still needs to be done. One legacy of the consultation process was the setting up of the National Forum of People with Learning Difficulties to ensure that service users could continue to have their voice heard by policy makers, but this article argues that this forum has lost direction.

Journal article

Moving on

Author:
SNELL Janet
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, 9(1), February 2009, pp.16-19.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

Following the institutional abuse scandal in Cornwall, a change team was brought in to try and improve the standards of care. Jo Hogg, a member of the change team describes how they began to make changes. The case of John Craddock is also described. John previously in a residential care home in Northampton, now has his own home though a shared ownership scheme with Advance housing near his sister in Cornwall.

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