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Outcomes for disabled service users

Authors:
HARRIS Jennifer, et al
Publisher:
University of York. Social Policy Research Unit
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
90p.
Place of publication:
York

Social service provision to younger disabled people is not often at the forefront of policy debate. However, the Government recognises the distinct contribution that disabled people make to the economy and the waste of potential that ensues when key services do not assist them. Often the type of assistance that younger disabled people require needs to be more flexible, or of a different type, than that offered by social services. For example, people may require assistance with making decisions concerning work, both paid and voluntary, or in parenting. This study explored ways of incorporating these and other types of assistance into assessment processes. In the study these were called ‘outcomes’ and they were incorporated into new assessment documents for use by a multi-disciplinary team of professionals.

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Outcomes for disabled service users

Authors:
HARRIS Jennifer, et al
Publisher:
Social Policy Research Unit. University of York
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
4p.
Place of publication:
York

Often, younger disabled people require support that is more flexible, or of a different type than that which social service can offer.  For example people may require assistance with making decisions concerning work, both paid and voluntary, or in parenting. This research briefing reports on a study which aimed to see whether these areas of assistance could be incorporated into assessments and reviews. In the study these areas were named 'outcomes', which meant goals that service users wished to achieve. The researchers synthesised findings from previous work with disabled service users into the outcomes framework. This was incorporated into assessment and review practices and used by a multi-disciplinary team of professionals from one Social Services Department in England. The researchers then evaluated the processes of change and their impact on professionals and service users. The majority of staff from all professional groups found the outcome-focused approach and documents to be useful, workable and an improvement on the original system. Most believed that the outcomes approach and documents were applicable and appropriate to their work and suited their professional role.

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Disabled people in refugee and asylum-seeking communities

Authors:
ROBERTS Keri, HARRIS Jennifer
Publisher:
Policy Press/Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publication year:
2002
Pagination:
32p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Bristol

The presence of disabled people in refugee and asylum-seeking communities in Britain is frequently overlooked, and information about their particular experiences is rarely available. This report presents information that will help those involved in providing services to refugees and asylum-seeks better understand the needs of disabled people within these groups.

Journal article

'All doors are closed to us': a social model analysis of the experiences of disabled refugees and asylum seekers in Britain

Author:
HARRIS Jennifer
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 18(4), June 2003, pp.395-410.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

This article undertakes a social model analysis of the experiences of disabled refugees and asylum seekers, who are among the most socially and economically disadvantaged members of society in the UK today. The statuses of disability, refugee and minority ethnic group are each linked to discrimination and oppression, yet little consideration has been paid to the particular cumulative constellation of oppressions experienced by disabled refugees and asylum seekers. In this article, several models are presented that demonstrate that disabled refugees and asylum seekers experience barriers to health and safety in their country of origin, such as impairment-creation through torture and war. Once in the UK barriers to social services, benefits and social contact prove similarly insurmountable.

Journal article

The uphill struggle: services for deaf and hard of hearing people-issues of equality participation and access

Authors:
HARRIS Jennifer, BAMFORD Claire
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 16(7), December 2001, pp.969-979.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

This article focuses upon the ways in which deaf and hard of hearing people are excluded from participation in society. Focuses on ordinary expectations that members of society have in terms of participating as citizens and performing socially sanctioned, adult roles. The roles of 'citizens', 'employee', 'parent' and 'patient' are discussed. The data illustrate the organisation and delivery of services can undermine, rather than facilitate, the performance of these roles. Argues that despite policy emphasis on social inclusion, current services and legislation fail to provide a firm basis for the full participation of deaf and hard of hearing people in British society.

Journal article

Disability and dependency: origins and futures of 'special needs' housing for disabled people

Authors:
STEWART John, HARRIS Jennifer, SAPEY Bob
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 14(1), January 1999, pp.5-20.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

Analyses the provision of housing for disabled people in both its historical and ideological contexts. While the recent extension of part M of the Building Regulations to dwellings by the government represents significant advance towards the inclusion of disabled people, the authors argue that the shift in funding of public housing from a 'bricks and mortar' subsidy to Housing Benefit potentially creates greater dependency. It is argued that if this issue is not addressed disabled people will continue to remain excluded, albeit within accessible dwellings.

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