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Jobs for the boys - and girls

Author:
CANHAM Kathy
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, December 2008, pp.16-18.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

The Realistic Opportunities for Supported Employment (ROSE) project run by Havering College in Essex places people with learning disabilities into paid employment and supports them until they feel able to hold down the job. ROSE has an 80% success rate. This article looks at how the project works.

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Intellectual disability in homeless adults: a prevalence study

Authors:
OAKES Peter M., DAVIES Ros C.
Journal article citation:
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 12(4), December 2008, pp.325-334.
Publisher:
Sage
Place of publication:
London

There has been considerable recent interest in the health and associated socio-economic inequalities faced by adults with learning disabilities. A serious and so far under-reported aspect of this is homelessness. This study sought to determine the prevalence of intellectual disability in a homeless population. Fifty people registered at a general practice in north-east England for socially excluded groups, and staying in temporary accommodation for the homeless during 2006-7, were assessed for learning disability. Full-scale and verbal IQ scores for the group were significantly lower than would be expected in the general population, but there was no significant difference in performance IQ. Homeless people are significantly more likely to have an intellectual disability than the general population. The implications for practice and policy development are far reaching. Further work is required to confirm these findings and to explore the experience of homeless people with intellectual disability.

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Chopping and changing

Author:
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Journal article citation:
Viewpoint, May 2008, pp.30-31.
Publisher:
Mencap/Gateway

Chopsticks is a not-for-profit supported employment scheme in Northallerton that converts wood that no-one else wants and sells it on to local business and people as a carbon-neutral source of fuel. This article presents an overview of the enterprise with employs people with learning disabilities.

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Putting people at the heart of services

Author:
ROWAN Katie
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 20(3), February 2007, pp.10-11.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

The author looks at supported volunteering which provides extra support to people with learning difficulties and other needs to enable them to work as volunteers. She draws on her experience at Nugent Care where she worked to set up and develop the Step Up supported volunteering project and the Connect Volunteer Friendship Scheme with older people with learning difficulties.

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Movers and shakers

Author:
SALE Anabel Unity
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 28.09.06, 2006, pp.32-33.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

This article reports on Funky Feet, a disco for people with learning difficulties in south London which was set up by the London Borough of Merton.

Journal article

Disabling progress: the Law Commission's proposals on mentally incapacitated adults' decision-making

Author:
CARSON David
Journal article citation:
Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 5 1993, 1993, pp.304-320.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

The law in England and Wales which concerns the making of legally significant decisions by adults who are mentally incapable is disorganised and out dated. Discusses proposals put forward by the Law Commission to solve this problem.

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Fathers of adults who have a learning disability: roles, needs and concerns

Authors:
DAVYS Deborah, MITCHELL Duncan, MARTIN Rachel
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 45(4), 2017, pp.266-273.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Accessible summary: 1) This study asked fathers of adults who have a learning disability about their experiences, what helps them and any worries they may have; 2) Fathers reported different experiences of being a father to an adult with a learning disability and talked about things that were helpful, such as their wives, grandparents, having information and hobbies; 3) Fathers were worried about the person who has a learning disability in the future; 4) Fathers can be important in supporting people who have a learning disability throughout their lives. Background: There is little research that specifically relates to fathers of adults with a learning disability despite the social expectation that fathers will provide a supportive role over the lifespan. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were carried out with seven fathers of adults with a learning disability to explore their roles, needs and concerns. Data were analysed using a framework associated with interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Results: Themes arising demonstrate that fathers were shocked at the diagnosis of learning disability but usually reported adaptation over time. The impact of learning disability upon men's lives, their perception of their adult child and the roles they assumed were varied. Fathers valued support from wives and grandparents, having knowledge and interests and work-type roles. All fathers were concerned about the future yet comprehensive futures planning was lacking. Some fathers reported difficulties in being emotionally open, and referred to societal stereotypes. Fathers valued positive support from service providers; however, this relationship was often in conflict. Conclusion: Although mothers are often the main carers for adults with a learning disability, fathers can make a significant contribution. The findings presented here support the results of previous studies regarding paternal response to learning disability and varied impact upon men's lives. Identified support strategies include leisure interests, volunteer/work roles, having information and support from wives and grandparents. Ongoing concerns incorporate the future and ambivalent relationships with service providers, which could have a negative impact upon the individual who has a learning disability. (Publisher abstract)

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Healthy eyes, teeth and ears

Author:
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND
Publisher:
Public Health England
Publication year:
2017
Pagination:
3
Place of publication:
London

This factsheet provides information on how social care staff can support people with learning disabilities to look after their eyes, teeth and ears. It is the fifth in a series of factsheets which show how social care staff can support the health needs of people with learning disabilities. The leaflet also includes a link to a supporting slide set that can be used by social care staff as a training resource. (Edited publisher abstract)

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How social care staff can support people with learning disabilities and dementia

Author:
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND
Publisher:
Public Health England
Publication year:
2017
Pagination:
4
Place of publication:
London

This factsheet provides information on how social care staff can support people with learning disabilities and dementia. It covers recognising signs of dementia, sharing information about what a diagnosis of dementia means, and things social care staff can do. It is the 11th in a series of factsheets which show how social care staff can support the health needs of people with learning disabilities. The leaflet also includes a link to a supporting slide set that can be used by social care staff as a training resource. (Edited publisher abstract)

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How social care staff can recognise and manage pain in people with learning disabilities

Author:
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND
Publisher:
Public Health England
Publication year:
2017
Pagination:
4
Place of publication:
London

This factsheet provides information for social care staff on how to recognise and manage pain in people with learning disabilities. It is the tenth in a series of factsheets which show how social care staff can support the health needs of people with learning disabilities. The leaflet also includes a link to a supporting slide set that can be used by social care staff as a training resource. (Edited publisher abstract)

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