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Journal article

Putting it plainly: producing easy to understand information for people with learning difficulties

Author:
TOWNSLEY Ruth
Journal article citation:
Focus, 22, October 1997, pp.9-17.
Publisher:
RNIB

Discusses the production of "Plain Facts" and provides guidance on how to produce clear information for people with learning difficulties.

Book

Choosing staff: involving people with learning difficulties in staff recruitment

Authors:
TOWNSLEY Ruth, MACADAM Margaret
Publisher:
Policy Press
Publication year:
1996
Pagination:
94p.
Place of publication:
Bristol

More organisations are beginning to involve people with learning difficulties in choosing staff, and service users themselves have highlighted this issue as crucial if they are to be fully involved in planning and delivering services. The authors explored the extent and nature of user involvement in recruiting staff for statutory, voluntary and private day and residential services.

Journal article

Avon calling

Author:
TOWNSLEY Ruth
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 12.1.95, 1995, pp.26-27.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Researchers at the North Fry Research Centre in Avon are involving users in their work. Describes a research project on gender issues in services in Avon which drew on the experiences and concerns of people with learning difficulties.

Journal article

More than giving people a voice ....

Authors:
TOWNSLEY Ruth, MARRIOTT Anna
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, 10(5), June 2010, pp.35-37.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

The authors present an overview of a project which reviewed the literature between 1997 and 2009 on the needs, costs and benefits of independent advocacy for young disabled people at transition. The research found that independent advocates can play a vital role in supporting young people with learning disabilities at transition. Access to independent advocacy at transition can mean: young people are involved more often in transition planning; young people’s views are better represented and respected during transition planning; professionals are better informed about the transition process and what is expected of them; professionals provide a better service to young people before, during and after transition; and young people have more confidence, self-esteem and higher expectations for their futures. A case study illustrates these points and gaps in current knowledge and suggestions for further research in this area are discussed.

Journal article

‘It's about a dialogue...’ Working with people with learning difficulties to develop accessible information

Authors:
WARD Linda, TOWNSLEY Ruth
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 33(2), June 2005, pp.59-64.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Examines the importance of targeting information needs to match that of people with learning disabilities. It is argued that a partnership between 'expert' or experienced information user and those new to the area can be forged, but that it needs to occur throughout every stage of information production. Evaluating the information after it is produced is also highlighted as important. In conclusion the author reviews how working in partnership has both costs and benefits. The article is based on experience from the Information for All project.

Journal article

Commissioning information for people with learning difficulties

Authors:
RODGERS Jackie, TOWNSLEY Ruth
Journal article citation:
Journal of Integrated Care, 13(2), April 2005, pp.44-48.
Publisher:
Emerald

Organisations need to think about how to share information with people with learning difficulties. Draws on findings from a recent research to inform the commissioning of easier read information. Its aim is to promote more effective information provision and the best possible value for money.

Journal article

Getting informed: research the production of accessible information for people with learning difficulties

Authors:
TOWNSLEY Ruth, RODGERS Jackie, FOLKES Liz
Journal article citation:
Journal of Integrated Care, 11(3), June 2003, pp.39-43.
Publisher:
Emerald

Reports on the Information for All Project at the Norah Fry Research Centre, which in investigating the current evidence on accessible information. The study has involved a systematic review of the research literature, and interviews with information providers (including service user-led groups) about their practical experience of making information easier to understand. Major themes emerging include the importance of defining the target audience and their information needs and involving this audience through direct consultation and evaluation.

Journal article

'It is time to stop talking and start doing': the views of people with learning disabilities on future research

Authors:
MARRIOTT Anna, WILLIAMS Val, TOWNSLEY Ruth
Journal article citation:
Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 7(2), Autumn 2010, pp.132-147.
Publisher:
South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust and University of Huddersfield

A scoping exercise to determine the research priorities for the field of learning disabilities for the next 10 years is described. Specific focus of this paper is on the role of people with learning disabilities in setting this research agenda. A detailed description of the methodology used is given. The first stage included a series of regional workshops involving people with learning disabilities, held in Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds and London which aimed to identify the main issues and problems in the lives of people with learning disabilities. Data from these identified six priority themes: access to health care; getting good support; the right to relationships; housing options; work and personal finance; and inclusion in the community. The literature was then reviewed for published research in these areas and then further workshops were held in all four geographical areas to identify research gaps. A focus group was then held with nine researchers in the field. A summary of the findings in the six priority areas is presented. It is commented that the findings show that it is possible to involve people with learning disabilities in setting a research agenda. Their inclusion provided a perspective that could not be adequately represented by other stakeholder groups. People with learning disabilities were concerned that research has a meaningful impact and can lead to demonstrable improvements in care. In order for this to happen there is a need for widespread dissemination of accessible outputs that reach the relevant stakeholders.

Journal article

Personnel services

Authors:
TOWNSLEY Ruth, MACADAM Margaret
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 3.10.96, 1996, pp.30-31.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Explains how fully involving service users in the selection of new staff can have positive results for employment practice, with benefits to staff and their clients.

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The road ahead?: literature review

Author:
TOWNSLEY Ruth
Publisher:
Norah Fry Research Centre
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
59p.
Place of publication:
Bristol

A review of the literature on transition for young people with learning difficulties, families and professionals.The report for the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) brings together the findings from three inter-linked investigations relating to the information needs of young people, their parents and supporters at transition. It was undertaken over a six month period between October 2003 and March 2004 and included: focus group interviews with young people, their parents and supporters; a systematic review of the literature on transition; and a review of the information already available for young people, parents and professionals, including an evaluation of materials by young people and parents. The project was carried out by the Norah Fry Research Centre (NFRC) in partnership with North Somerset People First (NSPF) and the Home Farm Trust (HFT).

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