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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.…

End of an era – and start of a new one

Elinor Harbridge is retiring after a remarkable 30 years as founder, publisher and editor of Community Living Magazine, handing the reins to Simon Jarrett. It has had its ups and downs over those years but it has outlived other magazines and, as she told Seán Kelly, perhaps just surviving these days is a success.…

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.…

Preparing people for benefit assessments

To avoid some of the more disastrous outcomes for people attending medical examinations people should be properly prepared and, if necessary, accompanied, says Charlie Callanan Medical examinations to assess welfare benefit claims have become notorious among claimants with disabilities and those supporting and advising them.…

Achieving compliance with the Care Act

Provider rates, lawful and unlawful cuts, advocacy entitlement, carers’ rights, charges and funding legal challenges were among the subjects covered by Belinda Schwehr at Community Living’s seventh seminar in June. Report by Rosemary Trustam. At a time when local authorities are facing huge demands, the law has made social workers into gatekeepers, the decision-makers on assessment and eligibility for care, said Belinda in her opening remarks.…

The Care Act shows its teeth

Intro: Haringey’s failure to provide an advocate, and the first judicial analysis of a little known part of the Care Act – accommodation for asylum seekers – give us the first indications of how the new Act can be applied. Belinda Schweher explains We now have the first legal precedent of real principle under the Care Act.…

Does Olu’s story point to racism in our services?

Could Olu’s story reveal the learning disability equivalent of racism in our services? asks Sarah Reilly Olu, 47 years old, black, powerfully built and over 6 feet, is non-verbal, has a profound learning disability and is on the autistic spectrum. He came to England when he was very young becoming, by his 10th birthday, a ward of the London Borough of Islington when his parents returned to Nigeria.…

The Care Act shows its teeth

Intro: Haringey’s failure to provide an advocate, and the first judicial analysis of a little known part of the Care Act – accommodation for asylum seekers – give us the first indications of how the new Act can be applied. Belinda Schwehr explains We now have the first legal precedent of real principle under the Care Act.…

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