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Let’s make this a General Election for everybody

Let’s make this a General Election for everybody At Community Living it is not for us to take sides in the forthcoming general election, but with all parties we intend to ensure that people with learning disabilities are on the political agenda.…

Disappearing in plain sight? The strange death of learning disability identity

Simon Jarrett writes: In the summer 2016 issue of Community Living (29:4) Seán Kelly wrote about the increasing difficulties he is facing as a photographer working at events involving people with learning disabilities (Should staff discourage people from having their photos taken?).…

Fighting hate crime – are you ’with Sam‘?

The national learning disability charity Dimensions is spearheading a campaign – I’m with Sam – to fight back against learning disability and autism hate crime. Thirteen organisations have joined them so far and there has already been some success in working with the Crown Prosecution Service to react more robustly to these crimes.…

Lives – not services

In a tough environment of budget reductions, workforce problems and provider struggles, Rose Trustam reports from three conferences focusing on the positive:  community development, real achievement and evidencing  what works. (NB Full conference reports available to subscribers on the website home page) Commissioners conference (www.ncctc.co.uk) Margaret Willcox (President elect of ADAAS) stressed the need to ‘really put the individual at the centre of working out their needs and controlling their care, with a system of care and support designed with their full involvement and tailored to meet their unique needs.…

‘Supported living – a service or a life?’ Learning Disability England’s first conference 2016

Learning Disability England (LDE)’s first conference since they joined up with H&SA showed the resilience of its members in its determination to continue to speak out on behalf of people with learning disabilities. Rosemary Trustam was invited to report. The new organisation is offering membership at £12 a year for individuals and £25 for self-advocacy groups in its drive to swell its learning disability voice which is much needed given the planned withdrawal of funding for the National Forums and threatened loss of funding of local self advocacy groups.…

‘Transforming health and social care’ – Adults Commissioning conference 2016

Rosemary Trustam attended the annual conference of the national commissioners entitled ‘Transforming health and social care so that we all stand together’. The National Commissioning and Contracting Training Conference (NCCTC) – Adult Services – focused on how health and social care could work together to achieve savings and improve outcomes.…

BASE (British Association of Supported Employment)’s 11th conference November 2016

Work, health and disability: improving lives The Department of Work & Pensions’ Green Paper was the main topic of the discussion at BASE (British Association of Supported Employment)’s 11th conference attended by Rosemary Trustam. The conference reflected BASE’s unwavering passionate and committed championing of supported employment.…

Editor’s preview of our Spring 2017 edition, now out – Simon Jarrett

There is plenty, I hope, to catch your interest and stir up discussion in our Spring issue. Our eye-catching cover shows a group of young actors getting ready to perform in Impact Theatre’s  recent production of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Inside, our full-colour photo feature shows the stunning visual beauty of the performance.…

Editor’s blog April 8 2017 – Simon Jarrett

We will hold an enquiry….. I recently attended a talk by the excellent Joe Plomin, the producer of the Winterbourne View Panorama programme. He listed more than twenty regulatory bodies that had a statutory duty to protect the residents of the institution.…

Changes to service models: are they in the ‘best interests’ of service users – or the authorities’? A parent/provider speaks out

In the scramble for local authorities to manage their budgets, learning disability services have become easy prey to the knife with authorities persuading themselves that cuts to services and changes to ‘models’ are in the ‘best interests’ of service users. The problem is that whilst they may purport to ask people – sadly late in the day – these changes have not been driven by the aggregation of individual assessed needs but by cost savings.…

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