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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?).…

Quality checking empowers both people and staff

Choice Support carried out research to find out how quality checking might help individuals and whether it made a difference to their support provision. Thomas Doukas reports. STUDY TITLE: THE IMPACT OF QUALITY CHECKING ON THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES Aims: The question we asked is how is Quality Checking different from professional-led approaches and how can such tools empower individuals?…

Is medication used unnecessarily for people who have ‘behaviour that challenges‘?

Rory Sheehan and Angela Hassiotis report on a study of GP records which revealed a worrying number of people with learning disabilities being prescribed antipsychotic medications.  Study title: Behaviour that challenges and antipsychotic medication use Aims: The purpose of the study was to investigate the extent of antipsychotic drug use to address ‘behaviour that challenges’ in people with learning disabilities across the UK.…

Sharing ideas to stay safe in the community

People with learning disabilities have shown they can find their own solutions to keeping safe but those supporting them should try to ensure that family networks are maintained. This research is being conducted at the Connect Centre for International Research on New Approaches to Prevent Violence and Harm, based at UCLan.…

What happened to the ‘Big Society’ for people with learning disabilities?

What happened to the ‘Big Society’ for people with learning disabilities? Not surprisingly, the researchers found that the ‘Big Society’ had not emerged to help people with learning disabilities who are facing major changes to their lives from cuts to services and support.…

How exclusion affects the health of people with learning disabilities

A project by the Centre for Disability Research at Lancaster University aimed to find out how neighbourhoods and community participation are linked to the health of people with learning disabilities. Chris Hatton and colleagues report on their findings. ————————————————————————————————————————————————– Summary Study title: Perceptions of neighbourhood quality, social and civic partnership and the self-rated health of British adults with intellectual disability: cross sectional study – http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/14/1252 Aims: To examine the relationship between the social connections and community participation of people with learning disabilities and their health.…

Research group calls for greater awareness of child sexual abuse

Researchers have found that as many as 15 per cent of children and young people experience sexual abuse. Rosemary Trustam reports. Research by a group led by Barnardo’s has drawn attention to the risks of sexual exploitation amongst children and young people with learning disabilities in the UK.…

How exclusion affects the health of people with learning disabilities

A project by the Centre for Disability Research at Lancaster University aimed to find out how neighbourhoods and community participation are linked to the health of people with learning disabilities. Chris Hatton and colleagues report on their findings. Summary Study title: Perceptions of neighbourhood quality, social and civic partnership and the self-rated health of British adults with intellectual disability: cross sectional study – http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/14/1252 Aims: To examine the relationship between the social connections and community participation of people with learning disabilities and their health.…

Getting the best from PIP assessments

Getting the best from PIP assessments Assessments for Personal Independence Payments are geared towards health problems rather than difficulties in daily living. Liz Tilly and the Building Bridges Research Group carried out a project which showed the importance of having an advocate present during assessments.…

Women with learning disabilities subject to domestic violence – a neglected group

Women with learning disabilities subject to domestic violence – a neglected group This research project, led by Michelle McCarthy with Siobhan Hunt and Karen Milne Skillman, found that women with learning disabilities suffered the full range of mental, physical and sexual cruelty inflicted on other women but were not given the same support.…

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