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Journal article

An overview of short term care services for people with learning difficulties

Author:
STALKER Kirsten
Journal article citation:
Social Services Research, 4, 1992, pp.25-30.
Publisher:
Social Services Research Group

Summarises some of the main features of short term care services, including their value base, range and type of facilities available, and organisational aspects. The likely implications of recent legislation for the development of short term care are then discusses, and reference is made to family support services in Europe.

Book

Respite care: summaries and suggestions; final report to the Department of Health

Authors:
ROBINSON Carol, STALKER Kirsten
Publisher:
University of Bristol. Norah Fry Research Centre
Publication year:
1991
Pagination:
30p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Bristol

Final summary report of a 3 year study into respite care services for children and young people (up to age 20) with a range of disabilities, but particularly severe learning difficulties.

Journal article

Choices and voices: a case study of a self-advocacy group

Author:
STALKER Kirsten
Journal article citation:
Health and Social Care in the Community, 5(4), July 1997, pp.246-254.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Reports on one part of a study which examined the exercise of choice by adults with learning difficulties: a case study of a Members' Council within a 'flagship' resource centre. The Council was a self-advocacy group set up to represent members' interests and offer advice to centre management about aspects of service delivery. The members' ability to exercise choice was closely related to issues of power and control on several levels, with potential points of tension being identified. In conclusion, a significant tension is identified between structure and process for 'in-house' groups, indicating that while people can make important 'developmental' gains from self-advocacy, 'instrumental' achievements are likely to be constrained for service-based groups.

Journal article

Family-based respite care for children with severe learning difficulties : an evaluation of the Lothian scheme

Author:
STALKER Kirsten
Journal article citation:
Social Services Research, 1, 1988, pp.1-1O.
Publisher:
Social Services Research Group

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Journal article

'It's against our law, never mind anyone else's': the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and adults with learning disabilities

Authors:
STALKER Kirsten, LERPINIERE Jennifer
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 24(7), December 2009, pp.829-843.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

This paper presents the findings of a 15 month study examining Part III of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (the provision of goods, services and facilities) in relation to adults with learning disabilities. Interviews were conducted with service providers and disability organisations, while focus groups co-facilitated by self-advocates, were carried out with adults with learning disabilities and family carers of people with profound multiple impairments. The five focus groups each had between three and seven participants. Cases which had gone to court or mediation were also examined along with two legal case studies. The paper presents the collated views of people with learning disabilities in Scotland about the Act and about using services. Awareness of their rights was generally low, although activists were better informed. While usually offered reasonable service in shops, pubs and other facilities, the level of reported incidents of unfair treatment was significant. This could take three forms: being treated with a lack of courtesy and respect, failure to make reasonable adjustments, and outright refusal to serve. Participants expressed a strong sense of injustice when treated in these ways but the majority was unlikely to complain, although a few had challenged unfair treatment. The paper concludes with recommendations for policy and practice.

Journal article

Response to 'Progress with learning disability hospital closures in Scotland'

Authors:
HUNTER Susan, STALKER Kirsten
Journal article citation:
Tizard Learning Disability Review, 8(1), January 2003, pp.10-12.
Publisher:
Emerald

Comments on an article in this issue of Tizard Learning Disability Review. The authors draw on their own research mapping the progress of hospital closures in Scotland and argue that progress remains slow. They find there is a long way to go before recommendations of the Scottish Executive publication 'The same as you?' will be met.

Book

Going with the flow: choice, dementia and people with learning difficulties

Author:
STALKER Kirsten
Publisher:
Pavilion
Publication year:
1999
Pagination:
48p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Brighton

Report examining some of the issues facing older people with learning difficulties and dementia. Focuses on hearing the voices of users, and exploring the extent and nature of opportunities people have to make choices about their lives.

Journal article

Unsettling times

Authors:
STALKER Kirsten, HUNTER Susan
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 19.11.98, 1998, pp.28-29.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

As the Scottish Office embarks on a major review of services for people with learning difficulties, the authors explain how long-stay institutions are still home to many people.

Journal article

Some ethical and methodological issues in research with people with learning difficulties

Author:
STALKER Kirsten
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 13(1), February 1998, pp.5-19.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

This article discusses some ethical and methodological issues arising in a recent study examining the exercise of choice by people with learning difficulties. The research aimed to examine in detail the choice-making process, and to explore ways of involving people with learning difficulties both as respondents and as a contributors to the study design. Reflecting on experience gained in this study and on research reported elsewhere, a number of pointers for future research are drawn. These include the need to consider the potential implications of intellectual impairment for involvement in the research process.

Journal article

Parents' views of different respite care services

Authors:
STALKER Kirsten, ROBINSON Carol
Journal article citation:
Mental Handicap Research, 7(2), 1994, pp.97-117.
Publisher:
BIMH Publications

This paper focuses on one part of a three-year study into respite care services to disabled children. Findings from previous research are outlined, an overview and methodology of the study of consumers' views are presented, and results discussed.

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