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Narrative accounts of university education: socio-cultural perspectives of students with disabilities

Author:
GIBSON Suanne
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 27(3), May 2012, pp.353-369.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

Research in higher education suggests the need for educationalists to show greater understanding and awareness of the lived experiences of undergraduate students with disabilities. It is argued that this knowledge should then be used to inform their understandings as tutors and facilitate inclusive and effective teaching strategies. This research focused on five first-year students with disabilities’ learning experiences; their transitions from school or college to university and their feedback on positive and negative learning experiences at both levels. Rich stories were uncovered taking the research beyond the lecture theatre and seminar room, into the students’ union bar and back to the Year 10 classroom. This paper tells some of the stories shared, in particular drawing out findings related to effective learning practices, and notes the significance of placing a socio-cultural lens on the question of inclusion in education.

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Stop hate crime: learning together training pack

Authors:
INCLUSION NORTH, BETER DAYS, COAST 2 COAST
Publisher:
Inclusion North
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
38p.
Place of publication:
Leeds

This easy reading training pack is designed to help people with learning disabilities put on training events about disability hate crime. There are 4 parts of the training course: what is hate crime and what does it do to people’s lives; what does hate crime feel like; how can we help people to report hate crime and support them after the crime; and how can everyone work together to make things better? The pack presents a potential itinerary and layout for courses, provides talking points, and presents ideas on how to report hate crime to the authorities.

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A host of opportunities: second NHSN survey of family based short break schemes for children and adults with intellectual and other disabilities in the Republic of Ireland

Author:
HANRAHAN Des
Publisher:
National Home-sharing and Short Breaks Network
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
70p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Mullingar

The National Home-Sharing and Short Breaks Network is an association which supports the use, promotion and provision of host family based services for Irish citizens with intellectual disability, physical disability and autism. While the majority of respite services are centre based, the family-based model of providing short breaks to people with disabilities involves recruiting approved individuals, couples and families who agree to provide personalised breaks in their own homes as an alternative to traditional residential respite. In this report the terms short breaks with volunteer host families or paid contract families, and home sharing provided by host families are used in place of respite care and residential care respectively.  The report describes the methodology for the questionnaire based survey of 30 schemes, run by 12 separate organisations, that provided overnight breaks with host families. It presents information from the survey about the hosts, the guests, and other issues. It concludes with a discussion of the findings, and makes recommendations for policy makers, managers and further research.

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A guide to implementing assistive technology for people with learning disabilities

Authors:
BEYER Stephen, PERRY Jonathan, MEEK Andrea
Publisher:
Home Farm Trust
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
50p.
Place of publication:
Bristol

This handbook has been produced for for organisations and families who wish to implement person centred technology. The guide expertly lays out the case for assistive technology and telecare, putting it in context - how and why it should exist alongside existing services - and provides a clear guide to implementation.

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The Human Rights Act: changing lives

Authors:
MATTHEWS Lucy, et al
Publisher:
British Institute of Human Rights
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
27p.
Place of publication:
London
Edition:
2nd ed.

This is a 20-page document about how people with disabilities can use the Human Rights Act. British Institute of Human Rights -BIHR ran a Community Outreach Programme between 2002 and 2005, with funding from the Big Lottery Fund and Comic Relief. The programme delivered human rights awareness-raising training to voluntary and community organisations, including a wide range of advocacy and local user-led groups. When the programme came to an end, it was clear that demand remained high. So as one part of our work to give human rights practical meaning for people in the UK, BIHR has continued to deliver training to a wide range of voluntary and community organisations, working at national, regional and local levels.

Book

Challenges to the human rights of people with intellectual disabilities

Editors:
OWEN Frances, GRIFFITHS Dorothy, (eds.)
Publisher:
Jessica Kingsley
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
288p.
Place of publication:
London

The book combines historical, psychological, philosophical, social, educational, medical and legal perspectives to form a unique and insightful account of the subject. Initial chapters explain the historical context of rights for people with intellectual disabilities, including the right to life, and propose a conceptual framework to inform contemporary practice. Contributors then explore the many theoretical and practical challenges that people with intellectual disabilities face, in exercising their civil rights, educational rights or participatory rights, for instance. The implications arising from these issues are identified and practical guidelines for support and accommodation are provided.

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Digital exclusion profiling of vulnerable groups: adults with learning disabilities: a profile

Authors:
CITIZENS ONLINE, NATIONAL CENTRE FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH
Publisher:
Great Britain. Department for Communities and Local Government
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
44p.
Place of publication:
London

This profile considers the group 'adults with learning disabilities'. It aims to understand group members' actual and potential interaction with technology. The starting point of the profile is to understand the life circumstances of group members through desk-based research. Our understanding of group members' (potential) engagement with technology has been developed largely through primary research. In particular focus groups were set up with group members and professionals working with the group.

Book

The handbook of intellectual disability and clinical psychology practice

Editors:
CARR Alan, et al, (eds.)
Publisher:
Routledge
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
965p.
Place of publication:
London

The book is divided into seven sections, which cover conceptual frameworks, assessment frameworks and intervention frameworks, and the specific problems that arise in infancy and early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Chapters combine discussion of the theoretical and empirical issues with practical considerations. The authors incorporate detailed practice descriptions throughout, which will allow clinicians to use the book as a step-by-step guide to clinical work. Practice exercises are also included where relevant to aid skills development.

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A guide to the Human Rights Act: a booklet for people with learning disabilities

Author:
GREAT BRITAIN. Ministry of Justice
Publisher:
Great Britain. Ministry of Justice
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
20p.
Place of publication:
London

A Guide to the Human Rights Act for people with learning disabilities uses examples from everyday life to help explain what human rights means for them. Human rights are for everyone, especially the most vulnerable in society. This easily accessible booklet sets out the purpose of the Human Rights Act and the protections it affords. The booklet was produced by the Ministry of Justice with the help of Working with Words, a specialist supplier of services for people with learning disabilities and low literacy. It uses examples from work, supported housing, day services and dealing with the local council to illustrate how human rights apply to people's everyday lives.

Digital Media

You and eye: a film about eye care for people with learning disabilities

Authors:
MELLING David, (Director)
Publisher:
SeeABILITY
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
DVD
Place of publication:
Epsom

"You and I" is an educational film currently being created by SeeAbility's eye 2 eye project in Bristol.  The film contains three short stories - having an eye test and getting glasses, having a cataract operation, and the importance of regular eye health checks and sight tests. The film will be distributed across the UK free of change to educate people with a learning disability, their families and carers and health and social care staff on the importance of eye care and vision for people with learning disabilities. The film is  made in partnership with The Misfits, a local Bristol theatre group for people with a learning disability. The Misfits have been rehearsing for this film for around 6 months and filming, which started on the 23rd March 2007, has taken place in and around Bristol - including the Bristol Eye Hospital.

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