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Students with disabilities, learning difficulties and disadvantages: policies, statistics and indicators: 2007

Author:
ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Publisher:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
234p., tables
Place of publication:
Paris

This book provides an internationally comparable set of indicators on educational provision for students with disabilities, learning difficulties and disadvantages (DDD). It highlights the number of students involved, where they are educated – special schools, special classes or regular classes – and in what phases of education – pre-primary, primary, lower secondary and upper secondary education.  It also includes information on the physical provision and on student/teacher ratios and discusses policy implications concerning special education. This new edition also presents for the first time trends in the data for students with DDD from 1999 to 2003. This edition presents new quantitative and qualitative data for the school year 2002-03 in the following OECD countries : Belgium (Flemish and French Communities.), the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, the Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom (England) and the United States and in the non-member economy Chile.

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Breaking down the barriers: social housing for people with disabilities in Europe

Author:
RANDALL Bill
Publisher:
CECODHAS. The European Liaison Committee for Social Housing
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
33p.
Place of publication:
Brussels

Breaking down the barriers Social Housing for People with disabilities marks the European Year of People with Disabilities. The report catalogues the many and innovative ways in which housing associations, companies and co-ops are breaking down the barriers to liberate disabled people across the European Union. The report is published in English, German and French.

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Improved public transport for disabled people: main findings

Author:
SCOTLAND. Scottish Executive Social Research. Development Department
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Executive. Social Research
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
12p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

The study ‘Improved Public Transport for Disabled People’ was commissioned by the Scottish Executive, and conducted by TNS System Three Social Research (TNS), the Transport Research Institute at Napier University (TRi) and Transport and Travel Research Ltd. (TTR) in 2005/6. This summaries the main findings of the report.

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Improved public transport for disabled people: volume I - report

Author:
TNS SYSTEM THREE SOCIAL RESEARCH
Publisher:
Scottish Executive. Social Research
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
17p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

The Scottish Executive commissioned research to support their commitment to assessing public transport options for disabled people and to improve targeting of funding. Originally the focus of the required work was on the role of concessionary fares in relation to accessibility of transport for disabled travellers to inform the commitment laid out in the 2003 Scottish Executive Partnership Agreement. Advice from the Advisory Group led to the scope being broadened out at a very early stage. As a result, the focus of the research was changed to explore and assess a wide range of potential improvements to public transport for disabled people in relation to; difficulties in relation to the availability of transport; difficulties in relation to the accessibility of transport; information needs; affordability; fear of travel - confidence; personal barriers to travel. Evidenced from the literature review carried out for this study demonstrates that improved access to public transport is a crucial element of trying to increase opportunities, reduce inequalities and generally improve the life quality of many groups in society. Previous research has also indicated that there have been some improvements introduced in recent years. The introduction of recent Disability Discrimination legislation is a key step forward, but it is clear that many barriers still remain and that improvements are required in order to facilitate the use of practical, affordable and accessible transport for many people with illness and disability. Additionally, key demographic trends suggest that it is likely that difficulties with transport will extend to affect a larger proportion of the population. Therefore, research was required to identify what actions are still required to further improve the situation and to explore why previously identified ‘solutions’ had not necessarily been adopted or successful.

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Improved public transport for disabled people: volume III - annexes 4-6

Author:
TNS SYSTEM THREE SOCIAL RESEARCH
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Executive. Social Research
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
124p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

The Scottish Executive commissioned research to support their commitment to assessing public transport options for disabled people and to improve targeting of funding. The large scale study was carried out by three organisations in collaboration: TNS System Three Social Research, the Transport Research Institute at Napier University and Transport and Travel Research Ltd. The results were presented in a comprehensive report contained in Volume 1 of the study. Two volumes of Annexes accompany the report. The first of these, Volume II, includes Annexes 1-3: the literature review, analysis of the SHS data and details of the TNS survey. This report, volume III, contains Annexes 4-6. It includes details of all of the best practice case studies and journey audits that were conducted. Some of the case studies and all of the journey audits are illustrated with photographs and other graphics. It also includes details of the feedback exercise, which was designed to gather feedback in response to a document outlining some preliminary findings of the research. The document sent out and the feedback received are included in Annex 6. In addition we received informal feedback throughout the research, and this has been included in the main report.

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Improved public transport for disabled people: volume II - annexes 1-3

Author:
TNS SYSTEM THREE SOCIAL RESEARCH
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Executive. Social Research
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
104p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

The Scottish Executive commissioned research to support their commitment to assessing public transport options for disabled people and to improve targeting of funding. The large scale study was carried out by three organisations in collaboration: TNS System Three Social Research, the Transport Research Institute at Napier University and Transport and Travel Research Ltd. The results were presented in a comprehensive report contained in Volume 1 of the study. Two volumes of Annexes accompany the report. This volume, Volume II, includes Annexes 1-3: the literature review, analysis of the SHS data and further information about the TNS survey. The literature review was conducted early in the research. Some reports were provided to the researchers after it was completed. In some cases these have been included in the final report, though they do not appear in the literature review. Details of TNS survey includes the survey methodology, the questionnaire and selected additional results from the survey. Volume III contains Annexes 4-6. It includes details of all of the best practice case studies and journey audits that were conducted. It also includes details of the feedback exercise, which was designed to gather feedback in response to a document outlining some preliminary findings of the research.

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Housing homeless disabled people

Author:
DOHERTY Karen Anne
Publisher:
Shelter
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
7p.
Place of publication:
Glasgow

This report written by a housing advisor from the Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living examines how far disabled homeless peoples needs are met by service providers. It found that disabled peoples applications for assistance are now more likely to be accepted than before at a local level, however this does not necessarily mean that disabled peoples needs are being met.

Journal article

Building financial bridges to economic development and community integration: recommendations for a research agenda on asset development for people with disabilities

Authors:
PUTMAN Michelle, et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation, 4(3), 2005, pp.61-86.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

Research on asset accumulation among the population of people with disabilities is quite limited. Previous work indicates that people with disabilities have significantly fewer assets than people without disabilities. Research on asset development suggests that in general, individuals in lower income tiers are able to save and that holding assets has a positive relationship with general personal well being, economic security, and civic behavior and community involvement. Many individuals with disabilities are living in chronic poverty. For those who are unable to work, the accumulation of assets is difficult. Without significant savings, people with disabilities are unable to afford down payments on homes, capitalize small businesses, pay for advanced education, purchase assistive technology, or make accessibility-related architectural modifications to their homes. This paper recommends four significant areas to be considered in developing a research agenda on asset development for people with disabilities. (Copies of this article are available from: Haworth Document Delivery Centre, Haworth Press Inc., 10 Alice Street,  Binghamton, NY 13904-1580).

Journal

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Publisher:
Royal Assocation for Disability and Rehabilitation

A quarterly journal of the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation.

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Disabled Parents Network information briefings: no. 1 introduction

Author:
DISABLED PARENTS NETWORK
Publisher:
Disabled Parents Network
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
15p.
Place of publication:
London

Many disabled parents are reluctant or even anxious about asking for help from social services. They don’t want it to look as though they are not coping or are not good enough parents. Many people think social services only get involved when something has gone wrong and their children are seen as being in need or at risk in some way. In many places social services are working out how to support disabled parents by providing the right kind of specialist adult support to parents in good time to prevent problems arising.

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