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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.

Journal article

Mixed impressions

Author:
WARD Linda
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 7.5.92, 1992, pp.22-23.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Looks at the provision of village communities for people with learning difficulties in the Netherlands.

Journal article

Blinded by the light

Author:
WARD Linda
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 19.7.90, 1990, pp.18-19.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Looks at the level of 'colour-blindness' in services for mentally handicapped people.

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Support for living?: the impact of the supporting people programme on housing and support for adults with learning disabilities

Authors:
FYSON Rachel, TARLETON Beth, WARD Linda
Publisher:
Policy Press
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
68p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Bristol

The Supporting People programme, which began on 1 April 2003, was designed to separate out the costs of bricks-and-mortar housing (which, where needed, would continue to be paid through Housing Benefit) from the costs of the support necessary to enable vulnerable adults to attain or maintain independent tenancies. For people with learning disabilities, this new funding mechanism appeared to offer a much-needed opportunity for some of the changes set out in the 2001 Valuing People White Paper to be made a reality. This research project set out to examine how local Supporting People teams were interpreting national guidelines in relation to the provision of housing-related support and to explore the impact that this was having on people with learning disabilities. It also hoped to discover the extent to which the Valuing People core aims – of promoting rights, choice, independence and control in the lives of people with learning disabilities – were being supported by this new programme

Journal article

Learning difficulties

Author:
WARD Linda
Journal article citation:
Research Matters, 19, April 2005, pp.23-28.
Publisher:
Community Care

Reports on the Medical Matter research project, undertaken by the Norah Fry Research Centre, University of Bristol in partnership with Aspects and Milestones Trust and HFT (a local and national learning difficulties services provider respectively) to investigate the understanding people with learning difficulties and their carers have about the psychotropic medication they are prescribed. Five co-researchers were recruited to work along the Norah Fry team and a sample of 21 people with learning difficulties took part in the study. Results found that most people with learning difficulties knew little about their medication and if they did receive information it was usually through their carer. Offers recommendations for improving practice.

Journal article

Learning difficulties

Author:
WARD Linda
Journal article citation:
Research Matters, 18, October 2004, pp.25-32.
Publisher:
Community Care

Asks how much, 3 years after publication, the white paper 'Valuing people' has translated into practice on the ground. Summarises the 'Making Valuing people work' project. Discusses information presentation, the spirit of co-operation, and the influence of the board chair. Lists points for practice on user and carer involvement, and how good the partnership board is in involving carers, and key points.

Journal article

In black and white

Author:
WARD Linda
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 29.5.97, 1997, p.24.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Research findings have been made available to people with learning difficulties in a magazine they helped devise themselves. Explains the work of the Plain Facts project.

Journal article

Learning difficulties

Author:
WARD Linda
Journal article citation:
Research Matters, 3, April 1997, pp.10-12.
Publisher:
Community Care

Controversy is still raging over whether village communities for people with learning difficulties are a better option then living within mainstream society. New research evaluates and compares the different accommodation options. Also looks at how help is at hand for researchers to help them share their knowledge with people with learning disabilities themselves.

Journal article

Two steps forward

Author:
WARD Linda
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 4.11.93, 1993, pp.26-27.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

This week the National Development Team (NDT) was relaunched as an independent agency. Discusses what existing services are available for people with learning difficulties and identifies the role that the NDT will have in establishing policy to support people with learning difficulties.

Journal article

An umbrella for the sun?

Authors:
WARD Linda, et al
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 6.12.90, 1990, pp.21-23.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

The authors of a new study describe their research into assessment of people with learning difficulties from black and other ethnic minority communities.

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