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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.

Digital Media

Giving us a voice: meeting the need of people with learning disabilities from BME communities

Publisher:
ARC; BILD; Mencap

The website for the National Charter for Inclusion project. The project aims to improve access to services for people with a learning disability from black and minority ethnic communities and their families. The site provides details of the national Charter for Inclusion and a list of useful resources. Short films where people with learning disabilities from ethnic minorities  tell their own stories about finding somewhere to live, finding employment, staying healthy and having a voice are also included on the site.

Journal article

Responsive services for people with learning disabilities from minority ethnic communities

Authors:
CATON Sue, et al
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 35(4), December 2007, pp.229-235.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

This article reports the results of a postal questionnaire survey carried out to explore the responsiveness and appropriateness of services for people with learning disabilities from minority ethnic communities in the North West of England. Twenty-one learning disability service commissioners or service providers completed the questionnaire. Results indicated that services were influenced by legislation and guidelines which help services develop specific programmes. Organizational culture also played a role in how services respond. Respondents reported that a variety of new services were currently being developed. Individual staff members and good organizational support were most cited as the factors that facilitate effective policies, practices, and procedures whereas problems regarding funding were most frequently cited as barriers. The respondents detailed evidence of some work being carried out at the grass roots level, but the responses indicate that a core theme is the marginalization of the issue of meeting the needs of people from minority ethnic groups.

Book

Information for all: guidance about making easy information

Author:
ROYAL NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND
Publisher:
Royal National Institute for the Blind
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
13 booklets, CD ROM
Place of publication:
London

A pack of 13 booklets plus a CD containing an audio summary of each booklet. For anyone who wants to make their information accessible for people with learning disabilities who also have a sight loss including those from black and minority ethnic groups and people who have individual communication needs. Booklets cover: words and language, design and layout, using pictures and symbols, audio, video and computer based information.

Book Full text available online for free

Making change happen for black and minority ethnic disabled people

Author:
JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION
Publisher:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
4p.
Place of publication:
York

Four grassroots development projects were supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to generate practical learning about how to make change happen for black and minority ethnic disabled people. EQUALITIES aimed to increase the local voice of black and minority ethnic disabled people and carers. International Somali Community Trust employed direct advocacy and set up a user forum for Somali-speaking disabled people. People in Action supported ROOOTS, six African Caribbean people with learning difficulties, to deliver training to local service providers. Tassibee trained Pakistani Muslim women with experience of mental health difficulties to run self-help groups.

Journal article

Making information easier for people with learning disabilities

Authors:
RODGERS Jackie, NAMAGANDA Syson
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 33(2), June 2005, pp.52-58.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

This article describes the methods used in the 'Information for All' project which aimed to create guidance on making information easier for people with learning disabilities. The research was carried out by the Norah Fry Research Centre and the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) multiple disability service. The researchers and people with learning disabilities worked together to interview information providers about approaches they had used, to carry out a literature review and to create guidance on how to make information easier.  Key findings from the project were the necessity of a clear aim when planning information, the need to consider carefully the best format or media for sharing your message and most importantly, to work with your intended audience when creating information. The article goes on to discuss the importance of making information appropriate for all sections of the community, including people from black and minority ethnic groups.

Book

Give us a voice: towards equality for black and minority ethnic people with learning difficulties

Author:
LEWIS Jane
Publisher:
Choice
Publication year:
1996
Pagination:
68p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Analysis of services available to black and minority ethnic people with learning difficulties. Based on extensive local research and interviews with users.

Book

The silent minority: children with disabilities in Asian families

Author:
SHAH Robina
Publisher:
National Children's Bureau
Publication year:
1995
Pagination:
128p.
Place of publication:
London

Focuses on services for children with disabilities in Asian families. Challenges many of the stereotypes which may be held by service providers about parents' attitudes to their child's special needs. Explores parents' awareness of the services available to help them, and their views of these services.

Book

The silent minority: children with disabilities in Asian families

Author:
SHAH Robina
Publisher:
National Children's Bureau
Publication year:
1992
Pagination:
118p.
Place of publication:
London

Focuses on service provision and challenges many of the stereotypes which may be held by service providers about parents' attitudes towards their child's special needs. Explores parents' awareness of available services and their views on the effectiveness of them. Emphasises the importance of listening to parents and makes recommendations for improvements in services. Also contains information about the cultural, religious, linguistic and social values which make up the Asian community.

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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