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A scoping study on the needs of and services to, younger disabled people including those with early onset dementia, in Scotland

Authors:
STALKER Kirsten, et al
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Executive. Social Research
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
4p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

This research summary presents the main findings of the study. The study covered the age range 16-64, and scoped evidence covering the 10 year period up to December 2004 with the main focus on Scottish publications.

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A scoping study on the needs of and services to, younger disabled people including those with early onset dementia, in Scotland

Authors:
STALKER Kirsten, et al
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Executive. Social Research
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
139p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

This study uses the age range 16-64, and the evidence scoped covered the 10 year period up to December 2004 with the main focus on Scottish publications. The main limitations of the study lie in its short timescale and restricted budget. This has resulted in the omission of unpublished work and the team did not visit specialist libraries or hand search journals. Therefore the material presented in this report is not comprehensive.

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You're on the waiting list: families waiting for respite care services: fourth interim report

Authors:
ROBINSON Carol, STALKER Kirsten
Publisher:
Norah Fry Research Centre
Publication year:
1991
Pagination:
37p.
Place of publication:
Bristol

Many families experience serious problems finding suitable services which can cater for both their child's complex health needs and their own need for significant levels of support. This paper highlights which services families were using and the difficulties of obtaining a coherent and consistent package of support. Regulatory concerns relating to the piece-meal provision of services and use of children's hospices are raised along with recommendations for improving policy and practice.

Journal article

Patterns and provision in respite care and the Children Act

Authors:
ROBINSON Carole, STALKER Kirsten
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Social Work, 23(1), February 1993, pp.45-63.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

Presents the findings of a three-year study into respite care services to disabled children and discusses these in the light of the Children Act 1989.

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New directions: suggestions for improving take-up in short term breaks

Authors:
ROBINSON Carol, STALKER Kirsten
Publisher:
HMSO
Publication year:
1992
Pagination:
27p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Looks at the reasons why some families with disabled children do not use services offering breaks (respite care) and makes suggestions for developing attractive and accessible alternative services.

Journal article

Children's experiences of disability: pointers to a social model of childhood disability

Authors:
CONNORS Clare, STALKER Kirsten
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 22(1), January 2007, pp.19-33.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

The social model of disability has paid little attention to disabled children, with few attempts to explore how far it provides an adequate explanatory framework for their experiences. This paper reports findings from a two-year study exploring the lived experiences of 26 disabled children aged 7-15. They experienced disability in four ways - in terms of impairment, difference, other people's behaviour towards them, and material barriers. Most young people presented themselves as similar to non-disabled children: it is suggested they may have lacked a positive language with which to discuss difference. It is further argued that Thomas's (1999) social relational model of disability can help inform understandings of children's experiences, with 'barriers to being' having particular significance.

Journal article

Children's perceptions of their disabled siblings: she's different but it's normal for us

Authors:
STALKER Kirsten, CONNORS Clare
Journal article citation:
Children and Society, 18(3), June 2004, pp.218-230.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

This paper reports on a two-year study exploring children's understandings of disability. It focuses on findings from interviews conducted with 24 children, aged 6 to 19, who had disabled siblings, exploring their perceptions of impairment, disability and difference. Most were very aware of their sibling's impairment but the majority did not see that as making their siblings different. Where difference was perceived, this was sometimes attributed to their siblings' experience of disability - unequal treatment and the hostile attitudes of others. Most children saw their disabled sibling as holding various identities and their shared biographies, as members of the same family, may have taken precedence over any perceived differences.

Journal article

Barriers to training for disabled social work students

Authors:
BARON Steve, PHILLIPS Rena, STALKER Kirsten
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 11(3), September 1996, pp.361-377.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

Disabled people wishing to enter Higher Education are confronted with a number of barriers, yet relatively little research has been carried out to identify the level and nature of such obstacles. The short study reported here was designed to examine policy and practice within a number of social work training institutions in Scotland. Interviews were held with disabled students and ex-students, course tutors and practice teachers. Barriers to training are identified in five main area: first, the disabling physical environment; secondly, problems of typification (whereby global assumptions of impairment are made about individuals); thirdly, failure of equal opportunities policies; fourthly, the practice of treating all students in the same way, resulting in discrimination against a few; and, finally, self-censorship on the part of students. It is argued that the reluctance of some students to 'declare' an impairment is a rational response to the disabling policies pursued, albeit inadvertently, by institutions. The implications of these findings for policy and practice are discussed.

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Involving disabled people in services: a document describing good practice for planners, purchasers and providers; a report to the Social Work Services Inspectorate for Scotland

Authors:
HERD Dougie, STALKER Kirsten
Publisher:
HMSO/Great Britain. Scottish Office. Social Work Services Inspectorate
Publication year:
1996
Pagination:
49p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

Sets out good practice in involving disabled people in service provision and provides advice which will help purchasers, planners, and providers to involve users more effectively in planning and providing services.

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Communicating with disabled children

Authors:
STALKER Kirsten, CONNORS Clare
Journal article citation:
Adoption and Fostering, 27(1), Spring 2003, pp.26-35.
Publisher:
British Association for Adoption and Fostering

The authors discuss the methods used in a study seeking disabled children's accounts of their everyday lives. In the study 26 disabled children were interviewed, visual aids and activities were also used. The design and effectiveness of these methods are discussed. The authors conclude that communicating with most disabled children is little different from communicating with any child.

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