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The chart of initiative and independence: general application

Author:
MacDONALD Ian
Publisher:
Brunel University. Institute of Organisational and Social Studies. Mental Handic
Publication year:
1988
Pagination:
6p., tables.
Place of publication:
Uxbridge
Journal article

'It's my life' autonomy and people with intellectual disabilities

Authors:
BJORNSDOTTIR Kristin, STEFANSDOTTIR Guorun V., STEFANSDOTTIR Astriour
Journal article citation:
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 19(1), 2015, pp.5-21.
Publisher:
Sage
Place of publication:
London

This article discusses autonomy in the lives of adults with intellectual disabilities. The article draws on inclusive research in Iceland with 25 women and 16 men and employs ideas of relational autonomy from the perspectives of the Nordic relational approach to disability. In this article, the authors examine autonomy in relation to private life, that is, homes and daily activities. The article demonstrates how practices have improved with time and seem less paternalistic. However, the article also demonstrates that the assistance people with intellectual disabilities receive in their homes often has institutional qualities, and they are often met with belittling perspectives from staff and family members. Furthermore, many did not have access to important information needed to develop individual autonomy and independence, including making their own choices. The research findings suggest that people with intellectual disabilities can with appropriate support develop individual autonomy and make their own choices. (Edited publisher abstract)

Journal article

Anytime, anyplace, anywhere

Author:
WESTON Sarah
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, 13(3), May/June 2013, pp.26-27.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

This article demonstrates how assistive technology enabled Lucille, a 28 year-old woman with learning disabilities, to increase her independence by enabling her to take her own medication. The medication dispenser was able to remind her of the dose she needed and when she needed to take it. (Original abstract)

Journal article

Down on the farm

Author:
PENFOLD Julie
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, 13(2), March/April 2013, pp.12-13.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

Elm Tree Farm is an innovative project near Bristol that provides opportunities for people with learning disabilities to gain experience of work and the benefits that employment can offer. Over 60 people with learning disabilities work on the farm every week. The time they spend there depends on their individual circumstances, from one morning a week to working over four or five days. Working at the farm helps the trainees learn new skills and grow in confidence and life skills. (Original abstract)

Journal article

Managing money

Author:
FAWCETT Edd
Journal article citation:
Viewpoint, 127, May 2012, pp.14-17.
Publisher:
Mencap/Gateway

Traditionally, people with a learning disability have faced barriers to taking control of their own money. Issues around perceived lack of capability, financial jargon, appropriate identification and fear of financial abuse and debt have all prevented vulnerable people from opening even a basic bank account. However the banking system is said to be becoming more aware of these issues and beginning to address them. This article describes the progress being made.

Journal article

Autonomy in relation to health among people with intellectual disability: a literature review

Authors:
WULLINK M., et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 53(9), September 2009, pp.816-826.
Publisher:
Wiley

Since the 1990s, individualisation, participation, normalisation and inclusion have been the main principles of care for people with intellectual disability. Autonomy has become an increasingly important issue. This review of the literature tried to answer the question: how do people with intellectual disabilities exercise autonomy in relation to health? Searches in Cochrane, Medline and PsycINFO were based on the following aspects of autonomy: self-determination, independence, self-regulation and self-realisation. Thirty-nine of 791 articles met our criteria, including 14 on self-determination, seven on independence, 15 on self-regulation and three on self-realisation. In spite of decades of promoting autonomy, the exercise of autonomy in relation to health has so far rarely been an issue in the literature.

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It all becomes clear

Author:
PITT Vern
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 29.10.09, 2009, pp.28-29.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

People with learning disabilities who are visually impaired have unique needs as they move towards independent living. The charity SeeAbility has been helping West Sussex Council to re-house residents from group homes to supported housing as part of its eye2eye scheme to improve support for people with visual impairments and learning disabilities.

Journal article

Fostering independence in health-promoting exercise

Authors:
LYNNES Michelle D., DOUG Nichols, TEMPLE Viviene A.
Journal article citation:
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 13(2), June 2009, pp.143-159.
Publisher:
Sage
Place of publication:
London

The Integrated Model of Physical Activity and Disability was used to design a strength and aerobic exercise program for adults with intellectual disability participating in Special Olympics. This study examined the extent to which four participants could acquire exercise skills in a face-to-face context and apply these skills at home with indirect support. Adherence to the program, as well as program satisfaction, was examined. Participants were able to acquire the strength skills and most were able to use these skills at home with minimal support. The participants liked the approach, in particular the individualized planning and follow-up via telephone calls. These participants were able to use an exercise DVD independently at home and three of the four participants showed a threefold increase in exercise frequency. The utility of the approach lies in the capacity to extend the reach of face-to-face programs beyond tangible constraints such as facilities and staff availability.

Journal article

Growing confidence

Author:
HOLMES Andrew
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, August 2009, pp.30-31.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

A brief description of the People and Gardens scheme is given. The scheme is supported by the Eden Project and aims to promote the emotional and physical well-being of people with disabilities through gardening and group activities in a real working environment.

Journal article

What makes an ideal support person?

Author:
FURZE Yvonne
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, December 2008, pp.28-29.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

The author describes a project that set out to discover what skills, knowledge and attitudes people who had a learning disability wanted in the workers who were enabling them to live more independently. The project highlights the difference between a carer and an enabler.

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