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Journal article

Out of sight, out of mind

Author:
PHILPOT Terry
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 22.11.90, 1990, pp.16-19.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Whatever the rate of change elsewhere in Czechoslovakia, for people with learning difficulties the future looks decidedly bleak.

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From ‘cage beds’ to inclusion: the long road for individuals with intellectual disability in the Czech Republic

Authors:
VANN Barbara H., SISKA Jan
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 21(5), August 2006, pp.425-439.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

In the Czech Republic, individuals with intellectual disabilities continue to be institutionalized in large, remote, state run institutions and as a result are isolated from community interaction. Some practices associated with these institutions are coming to be seen as human rights violations. Although non-governmental organizations (NGOs) offer alternatives to institutionalization, demand for such services exceeds supply. Czech legal structure hinders NGO funding. Large state institutions continue to be built.

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Developments in deinstitutionalization and community living in the Czech Republic

Authors:
ŠIŠKA Jan, BEADLE-BROWN Julie
Journal article citation:
Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 8(2), June 2011, pp.125-133.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

This article considers the progress towards the development of community-based services and full social inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities in the Czech Republic. It summarises progress over the past 2 decades in the Czech Republic in moving from an institutional era toward one that values community-based alternatives. Particular attention is paid to issues such as choice and control, individual funding as a means towards social inclusion, and the matter of human rights. While European and national policy is supportive of community living, and new individualised funding streams have been created, progress in the Czech Republic toward the goal of community living for everyone with a disability has been slow and has met with many barriers. The article highlights the need to consider issues such as the availability of data related to funding and delivery of services, planning of the transitional period toward community-based services, accessibility of reports on quality of services (including institutions), and the conflict of interests created by the system of guardianship. It concludes that, despite economic circumstances that may slow down the process of deinstitutionalisation, the direction of change toward community living needs to be sustained.

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Subjective quality of life of women with intellectual disabilities: the role of perceived control over their own life in self-determined behaviour

Authors:
STRNADOVA Iva, EVANS David
Journal article citation:
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 25(1), January 2012, pp.71-79.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Using participants recruited in Australia and the Czech Republic, this study examined the subjective perception of quality of life in adult women with intellectual disabilities, the level of self determination shown, and the barriers to self-determination. Women aged 40 years or older with intellectual disabilities were recruited through agencies for people with intellectual disabilities in Sydney (28 women) and Prague (27 women). Semi-structured interviews were carried out, transcribed and analysed using a grounded theory approach. The strongest theme identified in the interviews was the lack of control participants perceived they had over their lives. The article discusses the findings, with examples from the interviews, including causes of women experiencing reduced or lack of control over their own lives and strategies to gain control over their lives.

Journal article

A new movement in an old bureaucracy: the development of self-advocacy in the Czech Republic

Author:
SISKA Jan
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 34(3), September 2006, pp.139-145.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

The author describes how self-advocacy has grown in the Czech Republic, and provides an overview of its relatively short history within the broader context of political and administrative change toward community-based services, and the slow process of de-institutionalisation. The development of the country's first self-advocacy group is also described. The author highlights the importance of the systematic support for self-advocacy groups in the Czech Republic.

Book

Women with intellectual disabilities: finding a place in the world

Editors:
TRAUSTADOTTIR Rannveig, JOHNSON Kelley
Publisher:
Jessica Kingsley
Publication year:
2000
Pagination:
303p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Explores issues affecting the lives of women with learning difficulties around the world, looking at different aspects of life, including work, family, relationships and community involvement. Based on the experiences of women with and without learning difficulties.

Journal article

Good enough support? exploring the attitudes, knowledge and experiences of practitioners in social services and child welfare working with mothers with intellectual disability

Authors:
STRNADOVA Iva, et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 30(3), 2017, p.563–572.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Background: This study examined the attitudes, knowledge and experiences of practitioners in social services and child welfare working with mothers with intellectual disability. Method: The authors used a national survey, which was completed by 329 participants. Descriptive statistics and frequency tables were generated, and the associations between variables and differences between various subgroups of the sample were made. The open questions were analysed using the processes involved in content analysis. Results: The findings indicated that the participants had limited knowledge of available supports and services for mothers with intellectual disability. Furthermore, many participants believed that mothers with intellectual disability should have an abortion should they become pregnant. The findings show practitioners' stereotyped attitudes towards mothers with intellectual disability. Conclusions: Workers in the area of social services and child welfare need access to training and professional development in the area of supporting mothers with intellectual disability. (Publisher abstract)

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Lessons from social work in the Czech Republic

Authors:
MONK Valerie, SINGLETON Neil
Journal article citation:
Social Work in Europe, 2(3), 1995, pp.42-48.
Publisher:
Russell House

Cheshire County Council Social Services Department, and University College Salford School of Social Work, have recently been involved in establishing an EC funded project with the Social Care Departments of three Czech Local Authority Districts, the University of Hradec Kralove Social Work Department and the Irish Western Health Board. In this article the authors discuss their observations on Czech social work and Czech society from two exploratory visits made to set up the project. Their observations include social policy and management issues, social work practice issues and future challenges facing social work in the Czech Republic.

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