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Supported employment for people with learning disabilities in the UK: the last 15 years

Authors:
MELLING Kathy, BEYER Stephen, KILSBY Mark
Journal article citation:
Tizard Learning Disability Review, 16(2), April 2011, pp.23-32.
Publisher:
Emerald

In the April 1997 issue of Tizard Learning Disability Review these authors wrote of their aspirations for the development of supported employment in the United Kingdom. This paper revisits these aspirations against a changing policy context with the introduction of Valuing People and Valuing People Now. It reviews developments in employment policy, innovation, the framework for funding supported employment and changes in the level of employment for people with learning disabilities since 1997. Despite significant improvements in policy, not much has changed for England in terms of the number of people with learning disabilities employed. However, there are a number of positive developments to draw on to ensure that this number increases. This article summarises the progress in this area over this 15 year period and the challenges that remain. It suggests the need for further action to deliver the Government's vision of employment inclusion and to secure the rights of people with learning disabilities to a place in the workplace.

Journal article

Express yourself

Author:
ANDREWS Crispin
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, January 2011, pp.20-21.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

Dance classes can help people with learning disabilities to express themselves. The article looks at the work of two contemporary dance groups, Magpie Dance and Candoco. It highlights the benefits the groups can bring and the threat government spending cuts pose to their future.

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No pain, plenty of gain

Author:
DUNNING Jeremy
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 23.9.10, 2010, pp.26-27.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Hertfordshire Council has engaged professional services consultancy OLM to review and reduce the costs of its long-term residential placements. This has resulted in savings of £2.5M a year, expected to rise to £7.3m by the end of 2011. The Council insists that there has been no change in quantity or quality of care, and this is supported by Hertfordshire Local Involvement Network which represents service users.

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A life in the day: the modernisation of day services for people with a disability

Author:
MENCAP
Publisher:
MENCAP
Publication year:
2002
Pagination:
48p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Day services give people a chance to do something constructive, meet with others and regain confidence in their abilities. Mencap welcomes the initiatives in Valuing People and believes that change is needed if day services are to do more than provide care and something to do during the daytime hours. However, it is critical that existing services, including day centres, are not withdrawn before robust, working alternatives are fully in place. Modernisation must not result in reduced services for individuals or a reduction in the funding of day services.

Journal article

Implementing the service principles and service responses grant

Author:
WALTERS Liz
Journal article citation:
Llais, 78, Autumn 2005, pp.17-19.
Publisher:
Learning Disability Wales

The funding from the Welsh Assembly Governments Service Principle and Service Responses guidance has been allocated. Areas highlighted by the strategy development process for further development included: person centred planning; advocacy; information provision; direct payments; partnership in planning; workforce planning and training; modernising day services and employment; children and families; parents and carers; general health; and complex needs. This article looks at how eight local authorities will be spending their funding in the area of learning disabilities.

Journal article

Individual budgeting in state-financed developmental disabilities services in the United States

Author:
MOSELEY Charles R.
Journal article citation:
Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 30(3), September 2005, pp.165-170.
Publisher:
Informa Healthcare

This article reports the findings of a study of individual budgeting practices in state-financed developmental disabilities services in the United States. The study's purpose was to describe key process components and methodological variables integral to consumer-controlled, individual budgeting formats employed in state-funded services. The study was conducted in two phases: a national survey sent to state agency directors in all 50 states plus Washington DC, and an in-depth assessment of individual budgeting practices in 9 selected states. Data received from 84% of state developmental disabilities agencies contacted indicated considerable variability in the formats employed by states to: determine support needs of eligible individuals; equate needs to specific services; and set an amount of funding sufficient to pay for identified supports. No single individual budgeting method is universally accepted by all state agencies. State practices differ significantly from one jurisdiction to another, although most follow a developmental, statistical or mixed methodology.

Journal article

Supported employment: Cadwynau Ceredigion making a difference

Author:
DAVIES Bethan
Journal article citation:
Llais, 76, Spring 2005, pp.9-11.
Publisher:
Learning Disability Wales

This article describes the work and acheivements of Cadwynau Ceredigion project, a supported employment project for adults with learning disabilities funded by the European Social Fund. It also looks at the complexities of the funding arrangements.

Journal article

The path to learning about your heritage

Author:
CROSBY Tony
Journal article citation:
Viewpoint, May 2005, pp.16-17.
Publisher:
Mencap/Gateway

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) benefits not only historic buildings, natural landscape and parks, but also people's own traditions, cultures and languages which can be preserved through oral history and other activity projects. The author explains how learning disability projects can take advantage of the opportunities on offer, such as projects which encourage people to be involved in their heritage.

Journal article

Housing providers face uncertain future

Author:
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Journal article citation:
Viewpoint, September 2004, pp.12-13.
Publisher:
Mencap/Gateway

Looks at the implications of cuts in the Government's Supporting People Programme which helps vulnerable people with their housing. Argues that the cuts leave the future of many services for people with a learning disability in doubt.

Journal article

The value of money

Author:
MARTIN Arlene
Journal article citation:
Care and Health Magazine, 92, 2004, pp.26-27.
Publisher:
Care and Health

Discusses a report by the Learning Disability Task Force saying the Government is not putting its money where its 'Valuing people' mouth is.

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