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Housing and disabled parents

Author:
WATES Michele
Journal article citation:
Disability, Pregnancy and Parenthood International, Summer 2005, pp.8-11.
Publisher:
National Centre for Disabled Parents

Many disabled parents face daily difficulties in meeting their child's needs because they live in housing that is not suitable to their needs. This article briefly highlights recent research and also provides personal accounts by disabled parents which underline the problems they face. The article also includes a selection of relevant organisations and resources.

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Make it mainstream

Author:
WATES Michele
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 25.9.03, 2003, pp.40-41.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Reports on a study which highlights how disabled parents want more access to formal support and services. The Disabled Parents Network surveyed existing groups and networks supporting parents with chronic illness, physical and sensory impairments, those with learning difficulties or with mental health needs. The consultation included 120 returned questionnaires, nine focus group meetings and informal interviews. Over 150 disabled parents were involved. The research highlighted the need for a more coordinated approach to provide holistic provision for families.

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Mind the gap: a case study for changing organisational responses to disabled parents and their families using evidence based practice

Authors:
CRAWSHAW Marilyn, WATES Michele
Journal article citation:
Research Policy and Planning, 23(2), 2005, pp.111-122.
Publisher:
Social Services Research Group

This case study describes work carried out by Making Research Count (University of York) project with social services and health agencies to help them develop services for disabled parents. The structure combined the presentation of relevant research findings over one day with follow up consultation and an additional day's structured input after eight weeks to develop goal-focussed implementation strategies. Adult learning theory, systematic organisational theory and practice around management of change and the system for Analysing Verbal Interaction were used. The evaluation suggested that it achieved some success in facilitating research informed implementation strategies. A typology for measuring change is suggested.

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Disability and adoption: how unexamined attitudes discriminate against disabled people as parents

Author:
WATES Michele
Journal article citation:
Adoption and Fostering, 26(2), Summer 2002, pp.49-56.
Publisher:
British Association for Adoption and Fostering

For many years the author has been involved in developing peer support and a campaigning network of disabled parents in the UK. While disabled children and adoption have been the focus of some debate, the issue of adoption has received far too little attention in relation to disabled adults. This article seeks to redress the balance by looking first at how children with disabled parents are over-represented in the looked after system. The author goes on to discuss the ways in which disabled people are overlooked as potential.

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